Before we get to the main topic of the night let’s review some Cannabis news stories. First, more than 1 in 5 Americans now live in states where the recreational use of marijuana is, or will soon be, legal.
In Colorado, a local organization that advocates for responsible marijuana use has found no major problems between children and accidental ingestion of pot edibles. County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, who co-founded the Valley Marijuana Council said quote “The problem we talked about initially might not be as rampant as we thought,”
DiSalvo made the statement Wednesday in front of the County commissioners, who asked the sheriff and the council in April to look into whether accidental ingestion of marijuana edibles by children is a problem.
The sheriff told the county commissioners that “The reason it took so long (for the report to be completed) was we kept looking for something we couldn’t find,”.
A large group of retired NFL players teamed with Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and penned an open letter to NFL officials and their doctors urging reform to the substance-abuse policy.
As the substance-abuse policy stands now, players are tested in the off season, unless they are already in the intervention program. Players face punishment if they have more than 35 nanograms of THC in their system.
The NFL’s Player’s Association recently formed a pain management committee to, among other things, assess the potential of cannabis as an alternative pain reliever for players. But it has vowed to not rush into accepting it before a thorough audit.
Now onto our main story. Unless you live under a rock you’re aware that Donald Trump is America’s President-elect. Many in the Cannabis industry are concerned that his somewhat fascist rhetoric during the campaign may mean a backslide for the industry.
Well I’m here to assure you that isn’t going to happen. While I don’t have a personal line to President-Elect Trump’s office there are some things I know that make me feel nearly certain he isn’t going to change the current relationship between state’s that have legalized cannabis and the Federal government.
In fact, while I’m far from being Pro-Trump this might be one area where his alt-right hysteria may lean all the way to the liberal sidings of a Bernie Sanders.
Why am I so confident in saying this? Donald Trump is a businessman. That means numbers above all else win the story. When you take the sales numbers, tax revenue and employment coming from states that have legalized Cannabis both medically and recreational he’s not going to halt and reverse that industries economy.
In fact, when presented with the numbers he may lead the mandate to remove cannabis from the list of narcotics punishable by jail time.
Let’s look at what he’s previously said. In 1990, the president-elect stated that U.S. drug enforcement is “a joke” and that all drugs should be legalized. He believed then that the war on drugs could never be won until the drug czars were robbed of their profits. He also suggested that the legalized drug trade could spend the revenue on public drug dangers and education, a situation that has actually come to pass in states like Colorado.
In an interview with Bill O’Reilly last February, Trump said he was in favor of legal medical marijuana “a hundred percent.”
As far as enforcing the federal prohibition over the individual state laws, Trump sides with most Republicans who feel that states are the testing grounds for federal legislation, and that states should be able to decide their own marijuana practices and regulations.
Of course, Vice-President elect Mike Pence is a little bit of a different story. He received a -20 rating by NORML, which translates to being “hard” on drugs. However, when we look at what Pence has done and not necessarily what he’s said, we see that he supports Aaron’s Law which would make an opioid overdose antidote available. He also supports The Jennifer Act which covers Medicaid inpatient detoxification. He signed a needle exchange program into law in May of 2016.
Most importantly, Pence has a strong record of voting for job-creating referendums, and it’s hard to ignore that the marijuana industry creates a lot of jobs.
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