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Trump Campaign Official Says Pot Should be ‘Kept Illegal’

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Trump Campaign Official Says Pot Should be ‘Kept Illegal’

Is the President pro-marijuana?

If the Democrats cannot figure out their strategy for dominating the upcoming election, there is a fair chance that we could see President Trump weaseling his way back into the White House for a second term. And while some cannabis advocates would be pleased as punch with this turn of events others believe that any other candidate, and we do mean any, would be better for the sanity of the United States.

But ask toking Trumpsters why it is that they have grown so keen on reelecting the Donald and they’ll tell you, “He’s the only president so far that has said he would legalize marijuana at the federal level.” Ah, yes, we remember the comment. It was just two years ago, ahead of the G-7 summit in Canada, when Trump told reporters that he would “probably” support a long since dead cannabis bill known as the STATES Act. Since then, Trump supporters have believed that “their president” sides with them with respect to legalizing marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.

Well, not so fast, maverick.

Just weeks after a secret tape surfaced, revealing that Trump seriously thinks that marijuana is leading to the dumbing down of America, a new interview with his Director of Strategic Communications, Marc Lotter, shows that Trump doesn’t support the legalization of marijuana at the national level. Earlier this week, Lotter told Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-TV that President Trump is still dedicated to keeping the prohibition standard in this country.

“I think the president has been pretty clear on his views on marijuana at the federal level. I know many states have taken a different path,” Lotter said. “I think what the president is looking at is looking at this from a standpoint of a parent — of a parent of a young person — to make sure that we keep our kids away from drugs. They need to be kept illegal. That is the federal policy.”

But, Trump said he would…

Yeah, yeah, we know what he said. You see, the confusion over whether Trump is pro-pot or not really stems from statements made during his 2016 campaign. That’s when he professed to the nation that marijuana legalization should be allowed to move forward as a state’s rights issue. Trump never came out and said that the old U.S. of A needs to be legalizing some weed. It wasn’t until 2018 that he made comments about supporting the STATES Act, which was not precisely designed to legalize the leaf at the federal level, but to — yep, you guessed it  — strengthen the cause in terms of state’s rights. The bill, which is deader than a doornail at this point, simply aimed to actually give states the freedom to legalize however they see fit without federal interference. It was one of those toe-in-the-water bills that Congress likes to noodle with on occasion. Many journalists wrote that the passing of such a measure would have effectively legalized weed nationwide, but that wasn’t exactly true. There would have been no major changes to the Controlled Substances Act, and marijuana would have remained illegal at the federal level.

So, yeah, Trump said he might support that two years ago. It was no skin off his back. After all, most law-abiding cannabis operations in the 40 odd states that have them are being left alone, anyway.

But ahead of the 2020 campaign, political analysts predicted that President Trump might come out in favor of marijuana legalization as a way to stay competitive with all of the Democrats that have done the same. All except for Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg support bringing down pot prohibition once and for all. Hell, even Congressional Democrats suspected that Trump would eventually get behind legal weed to get reelected. If we look back a ways, Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon wrote in his 2018 “Blueprint to Legalize Marijuana in the 116th Congress” that “if we fail to act swiftly, I fear as the 2020 election approaches, Donald Trump will claim credit for our work in an effort to shore up support — especially from young voters.”

Welp, it seems like everyone was wrong.

Listen, I’m going to be honest with you folks, this situation with Trump creates even more trouble for legal weed. Right now, the Democrats are trying to develop a plan that would allow them to regain control of the Senate, as well as the presidency. But if they had to choose one, they are really frothing at the mouth over the possibility of laying claims to the upper chamber. It’s the reason that some predict Democrat Bernie Sanders — a candidate that has sworn to legalize marijuana nationwide on his first day in office — will fail to get the nomination again this year. Some are worried that his socialist ideals will turn off suburban America and cause an uprising in Republicans to make noise at the polls.

In a perfect, pot-friendly world, we would see the Democrats taking both the Senate and the presidency in 2020. This scenario would allow the most potential for marijuana legalization to strike nationwide in 2021. But if Democrats lose the Senate and win the presidency, legal weed could still be six or more years away. Then again, if they win the Senate and President Trump gets reelected, marijuana is probably still going to be delayed for another four years. No matter what marijuana-related measure a Democratic-controlled Congress pushes through, Trump is not likely to support it. Really, the only chance we have at seeing full-blown legalization soon is if voters decide by November that they would rather support the path of the Dems rather than Republicans.

Right now, however, the country is split. Around 28% of the nation identifies as Democrat, 28% Republican and 41% independent.

TELL US, do you think America will ever legalize marijuana nationwide?

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Jeztiz

    March 10, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    “What happened in the Soviet Union was not socialism, it was authoritarian communism,” ~ Bernie Sanders

  2. Irish4ever

    February 28, 2020 at 11:51 am

    I live in NC where the now Governor has said, It’s not time for pot to be legalized. These people are so far from reality they need a come all of a sudden slap in the face reality. The American people want pot legalized and now. We don’t need people running for President to say they are going to legalize pot as we all know that is simply not true. All the one’s running for President hollaring, They are going to legalize pot are lying through their teeth. Not all of us are 18 to 30 something’s. They all change their minds once they are elected into office to do what they want not the American Public. Socialist are not what America is all about, To be a Socialist you have no rights, you are told everything that you can’t do, As a free American, I will not vote for any Socialist running and I will not vote for Trump. There is one thing that would surely get the non- legalization put back prohibition on liquor. They all drink liquor so put prohibition back.. I am all for legalization but do not like to talk politics on a cannabis website. With narrow minded Governor’s , Senator’s ( Both Democrats and Republican’s, Marijuana for all American’s in the USA is nothing more than a political game. Count me out of the political con. So to answer the question; Legalization will be years down the road before all American can enjoy Marijuana…

  3. Eric Dailey

    February 27, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    The Democrats are so out of touch with everyone but the 18 to 23 year olds . Youth’s that don’t want to work and have everything handed to them for free. Republicans act as if they ignore legalization it will go away. I’m a lifelong Republican, I know only a few people that are voting Republican in 2020. They aren’t voting Democrat either. If an Independent can promise Legalization. They could win in a landslide of the popular vote. Cannabis legalization is the single most important issue facing this country.
    Our representatives do what they want once they are in. They won’t get votes without the promise of cannabis legalization. North Dakota has screwed over every medical patient with bureaucracy. We have to have legalization and home growing so people don’t have to suffer anymore.
    IT’S TIME TO LEGALIZE AMERICA
    PEACE

  4. Maxcatski

    February 27, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Never Trump! Oh, wait, I live in Canada where weed is already legal. Hahahaha…

  5. Dean Curtis

    February 23, 2020 at 8:59 am

    So the author of this story is a never Trumper who thinks that legalizing pot would be worth becoming a socialist country. I am all for legalization but will be unfollowing your group as i do not approve of slanted politics. This story is based on speculation that a cabinet member is against it so we should vote Trump out? what stupidity. Sorry you lost me as a supporter.

    • Maxcatski

      February 27, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      The fact that Trump will never legalize cannabis is only one of the many reasons to vote him out. Get with the program. Your socialist neighbour, Canada

    • Brad Engebretson

      March 24, 2020 at 9:38 am

      I agree and they lost me as well. I am a legislative policy analyst and compliance monitor in Washington State for a Cannabis Company. Sanders is a lunatic, Biden is far more anti-Cannabis than Trump.

      I never thought Trump would be able to legalize Cannabis. The reason why is due to the Criminal Justice System and Drug rehabilitation industries, which are heavily dominated by Democrats. If cannabis is legalized, all of those addiction counselors and defense attorneys will lose a major source of income.

      As a former, reformed, career criminal justice system employee who worked with both the industries, those people are hardcore anti-legalization. If you want to see marijuana legalized look to business/capitalists. I left that system to work for an industry I believe in.

      I was persecuted by my coworkers and supervisors for my belief in MM and LM. I was one of three conservatives, yep you heard that right, in an office of 36 Parole officers who believed in and voted for MM and legalization. The other 33 self identified liberal democrats were strongly against legalization, as were the LACs we worked with.

      There is no president that will be able to legalize cannabis until the make up of congress changes.

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