Over the past decade or so the cannabis industry has made gigantic strides in becoming more accepted and legitimate on a national scale. In fact, more than half of the US has some sort of legal cannabis program in place, whether for medical or recreational reasons.
After Thursday’s White House announcement, this all could change with the current administration.
“I think that’s a question for the Department of Justice — I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it. Sean Spicer, President Donald Drumpf’s (Yes, I’m using his real last name) press secretary said in response to a question on Thursday.
Spicer essentially cross-blurred the lines between opioid addiction rates and cannabis. Eequating the drugs as “the same thing” as the Federal government has been doing for more than five decades now.
The “Dumb-Dumb” Reasoning of the White House
“When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming around so many states … the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” Spicer told reporters. “There is still a federal law we need to abide by in terms of when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”
The only problem with this asinine statement is that cannabis legalization has actually reduced opioid overdose rates in legalized states by up to 25%. Therefore, to “encourage” people to smoke marijuana, you’re essentially tackling the opioid problem in the United States. But trying to make the White House understand that is like trying to convince your dog to do complex math…it ain’t gonna happen anytime soon!
Will Medical Marijuana be left alone?
If you notice by these statements, Spicer only spoke about “recreational” marijuana. He did not include Medical Marijuana into the equation. That is because last year the 9th District Court of Appeals ruled that the DOJ cannot spend any money on prosecuting law abiding medical marijuana businesses or individuals in states that have legalized.
Unfortunately, they didn’t include law-abiding recreational medical marijuana businesses/individuals meaning that the Federal Government has a potential loop-hole for prosecuting ‘non-medical’ cannabis entities and individuals.
Judging by the position the White House dinosaurs hold on cannabis as a whole, we should expect a “greater crackdown” on legal recreational marijuana. However, does this mean they will win?
“I’d like to Congratulate ‘Drugs’ for Winning the War on Drugs”
As Mike Benson so eloquently put it, “Drugs are winning the War on Drugs”. No matter what the White House attempts to do… the American public has embraced the concept of legal cannabis and to stop this WeedTsunami will require to ‘re-program’ the mass consciousness of the US population.
Don’t think it’s impossible, the US government has a long standing reputation for implementing propaganda and using mind-control techniques stemming back from the obscure days of MK-Ultra. However, seeing that more than 50 million Americans consume cannabis regularly, this is going to be a very difficult feat. In addition, according to the CIA, cannabis is sort of an inoculant to mind-control (another obscure reason why it hasn’t been legalized fully yet).
Stoners tend to question authority and authority does not like it.
Nonetheless, I do believe we will see the Federal government attempt to crack down on legal recreational cannabis, however I also believe that the cannabis community will respond with lawsuits similar to the one that barred the DOJ from cracking down on medical cannabis.
It really comes down to a “State’s Rights” issue and with places like Colorado and Washington generating millions and even billions in sales annually, there is an economic incentive to keep it legal and to keep the grubby hands of the federal government out of the legal weed industry.
WTF is Trump Doing?
On a final note, I’m really not into the entire “Trump this, Trump that” debate, however as an independent non-political cannabis smoker, I just have to wonder what the hell Trump is doing?
It seems that he is doing absolutely everything in his power to rile up the US population. Everything that the people ‘like’, he’s trying to gut. In turn, there is an unprecedented disapproval rate occurring all over the spectrum and seeing that cannabis is one of the most popular topics in the country, going after this is almost political suicide.
In fact, in the last three presidential debates, Cannabis out-polled all presidential candidates. You might not agree with left politics or right politics, but everyone seems to be on board that the “War on Drugs” have failed and it’s time to do something about it. To go against the will of the people in terms of cannabis could be the last straw.
We could see a response to this and Congress could be forced to completely repeal cannabis prohibition once and for all. Perhaps in some twisted reasoning, this is what Trump wants (I doubt it), but one thing is certain, the moment you try to snatch legal weed from the US, is the moment you lose the US.
While now there are tremors being sent throughout the weed industry over the comments from the White House, just remember, even when weed was illegal, the industry kept on growing. Dinosaurs like Sessions will not be able to stop the ever growing power of cannabis in the US nor in the world. Sorry guys, your time for tyranny in the realm of weed is coming to a close.