By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM
Now, I'll preface this post with the notion that the Trump Administration could be making a statement about Marijuana, and it could totally turn into the equivalent of "Obama is gonna take our guns," and then NEVER TAKES THE GUNS, but never the less, here's the scoop.
Sean Spicer shared at today's press conference that even though the current administration understands the need for Medical Marijuana, and how it stops/helps the "pain and suffering" of some folks, Spicer says "Recreational marijuana, that's a very, very different subject," according to Vice.
Now as we're sure you're aware if you travel anywhere down 8 Mile, Michigan happens to be one of the places that has medical marijuana. But Spicer's explaination also touches on Opioid Addictions, which is very different than painkillers, both prescribed and non-prescribed. It leads you to believe that the current administration thinks that weed is a "gateway" to other drugs.
Vice quotes Spicer saying that "the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people," as well as "I do believe you'll see a greater enforcement in it."
Politico shares a statement from the executive director of The National Cannabis Industry Association, saying that "it would be a mistake for the Department of Justice to overthrow the will of the voters and state governments who have created carefully regulated adult-use marijuana programs."
If you follow anything connected to the medical cannabis industry, you will be fully aware to know that studies have been done (for example, this one), and have shown that use of Medical Marijuana has helped people remove themselves from opioids, as well as other prescription medication.
Though Spicer's comments seem to be targeted to recreational users, a crackdown on illegal marijuana use could cause some push back, and also extensive future limitations for card holders.
To be continued...