By William Stash Jones
Oregon Cannabis Connection
February 23, 2017 – It seemed odd, and likely just a way to pander to their base, when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer (aka “Spicey”) started including a few random questions to be asked by journalists via Skype during his official press briefings. Today he got a great question from an Arkansas journalist on medical marijuana that may have changed my mind, especially since the “main stream” journalists tend to focus on only a couple of current issues and ignore many others.
Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics asked Spicey a direct question regarding federal intervention with marijuana in legal states. Roby asked:
“Our state voters passed a medical marijuana measure back in November., now we’re in conflict with federal law, as many other states are…My question to you is — with Jeff Sessions over at the Department of Justice as AG, what’s going to be the Trump administrations position on state marijuana legalization when it’s in state/federal conflict like this?”
Spicer’s response was very telling for recreational marijuana states and people running recreational marijuana operations. Spicer explained:
“There’s two distinct issues here, medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. I’ve said before that the President understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing, especially, terminal diseases and the comfort that some of those drugs and medical marijuana can bring to them…and that’s one that Congress [addressed] through a rider put in an appropriations bill saying the Department of Justice wouldn’t be funded to go after those folks…There’s a big difference between that and recreational marijuana. I think that when you see something like the opioid epidemic crisis blossoming in so many states around this country the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people…there is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of recreational marijuana.”
Spicer laid out the position of the administration more clearly than any other administration official to date, including the new Attorney General himself who was unclear on the subject during his confirmation hearings.
With this most recent statement, it appears the recreational marijuana systems in the states that have adopted them my be at risk of federal action. Local authorities may be emboldened by these comments and the many drug task forces that exist in every region of the country may now be able to once again confiscate property without an arrest or conviction. It was an easy way for many drug enforcement groups to fund their local police through property when busting marijuana dispensaries, irregardless of local or state laws.
Recreational marijuana growers, sellers, and processors beware! The Trump administration and AG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions may be coming for you money, vehicles, and other property real soon.
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