Feb 24, 2017 With Trump, Colorado & Washington may become less the marijuana paradises they were
Yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer informed the press of possible increased federal enforcement in the states, of the criminal laws against marijuana. Such enforcement apparently will ignore the democratic will of such states as Colorado and Washington state that have legalized marijuana for sales and possession.
Although Spicer referenced recent federal legislation barring federal funding for federal enforcement against medical marijuana that complies with the respective state’s medical marijuana laws, that does not sound like any real commitment by the Trump administration against thwarting state medical marijuana laws.
States’ rights are a big theme with Republicans, and Trump is a Republican, at least nominally. Federal governmental efforts to enforce federal marijuana laws flies in the face of states’ rights and states’ autonomy, is antithetical to civil liberties, and is a poor use of limited governmental financial and personnel resources.