If Trump wants to lose in 2020 he can come after recreational pot and challenge state’s rights.
I literally heard Sean Spicer say today that Mr. Trump is for “state’s rights.” Well, the legalization of pot in many states is the best example of “state’s rights” there is these days. If Trump starts “cracking down” on recreational pot he is obviously not for decentralization of power to the people. He will have shown himself to be yet another in a long line who would prefer that everything in human life and every nook and cranny of our Republic be regulated by the Imperial City as Steve Bannon has so often and accurately has called Washington DC.
In many respects libertarians put Trump over the top. This is not widely known. When William Weld came out and endorsed Hillary Clinton while he was still running on the Libertarian ticket millions of libertarians, big L and little l libertarians, broke toward Trump. It was worth a few percentage points in key states. One can see it in the polling in the last days of the election. And pot is a core issue with this constituency. Many people believe that adults should be able to regulate their own bodies and that the state should stay out of the way. Many people likely voted for Trump based on his official stance during the election, which was that cannabis was a state issue. Trump should not turn his back on these people.
Heck even a majority of out and out REPUBLICANS favor the legalization of recreational marijuana. If Trump wants to blow things up with the fiscally “conservative” socially “liberal” crowd (Which is practically EVERYONE under age 40 who is generally inclined to vote Republican) he can do it by going after the green stuff.
In a time when Mr. Trump should be building and maintaining coalitions he should consider whether doing an about face on state’s rights and the legalization of cannabis at the state level is wise politically. It certainly isn’t wise for any other reason. Cannabis prohibition only serves to feed the crony system, the drug enforcement lobby, the Mexican cartels Mr. Trump says he so despises, the pharmaceutical companies that make billions on addictive painkillers which are threatened by the very inexpensive and simple weed. Cannabis not a “gateway drug.” We know this. But by pushing it back into the shadows a nastier crowd will deal in the stuff and that would be an absolute, top notch, crying shame. Because those people deal in darker substances too.
(From The New York Post)
States and localities that have approved recreational pot smoking can expect “greater enforcement” under the Trump administration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday.
President Trump understands how medical marijuana can alleviate “pain and suffering” for sick patients, but recreational pot smoking is “the last thing” the federal government should be enabling, he said.
“There’s a big difference between that and recreational marijuana and I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states across this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” Spicer said.
You’re not ENCOURAGING PEOPLE. You are leaving people alone. Like you should. The legalization of cannabis in many states was one of the only wins for those of us small government people during the Obama administration. But you think that’s a bad thing? What – is – going -on?