Trump Was Asked Directly About Legalizing Marijuana Last Week. Here’s How He Responded.
A reporter with the Washington Examiner had a chance to ask Donald Trump about the potential for national cannabis legalization Friday. A video of the exchange, which followed the president’s initial remarks on Hurricane Dorian, is available here (17:35).
“Many studies have shown that legal access to marijuana results in less opioid abuse and fewer overdose deaths. Many states have legalized marijuana. Do you think that will happen federally during your presidency?” reporter Steven Nelson asked.
The president responded by reiterating his support for states’ rights to decide the issue, but stopped short of advocating legalization at any level.
“We’re going to see what’s going on. It’s a very big subject and right now we are allowing states to make that decision,” the president replied. “A lot of states are making that decision, but we’re allowing states to make that decision.”
NORML’s Political Director Justin Strekal took that as a green light for states to continue legalizing in spite of the federal prohibition on pot.
“The reiteration of a non-enforcement policy from the president is a clear sign that states should continue to defy the federal government when it comes to marijuana prohibition,” Strekal told Marijuana Moment. “Congress should swiftly move pending legislation when it returns from the August recess to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and provide the legal relief needed to those individuals and businesses who are struggling under our nations cruel policy of criminalization.”