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Federal Marijuana Laws to be Enforced

During Trump’s campaign for presidency, he consistently stated that he would not interfere with State’s interests regarding marijuana law enforcement.  This led me to believe that he wasn’t going to just be a Republican hack who just did whatever the party wanted.  Actually, this was a huge part of the Trump allure.  He would do what he want and thinks despite the political pressures around him.

However, the justice department just clarified that they are now going to start enforcing federal laws against marijuana, despite state laws allowing marijuana use.  This is a significant change in the marijuana enforcement policy used by the federal government.  In 2013, president Obama’s administrative directive was to not interfere with the States regarding their marijuana laws.  It will be interesting to ee how this impact criminal cases, even in places where marijuana is already illegal, like Kansas.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has clarified for awhile now that he disagrees with Obama’s stance on allowing each state to determine marijuana laws.  Under Obama, as long as marijuana sales did not conflict with federal law enforcement policies, they federal policy was one of non-interference.

Kevin Sabet, director of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, is a former federal drug-control expert.  He served in the administration for the past three presidents.   He said, “It signals the end of safe harbor for major pot investors .“ 

This shift in policy is not what the people want.  Through voter approval, numerous states have legalized marijuana use.  Yet, President Trump seems to be more interested in what his conservative supporters want.  This is especially frustrating for the school systems in the state’s that have received tremendous funding from marijuana tax revenue, independent investors who have committed large sums of money in the marijuana industry,  voters who thought they were voting for a president who was independent and  wouldn’t flip flop.  Tom Angell, from the group Marijuana Majority, said, "This move represents a broken campaign promise by the president.”