I was shocked to hear late this afternoon about Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer and his remarks about the tightening enforcement to be expected when it comes to marijuana for recreational use. At this point in time, 8 states have legalized the consumption and possession of some amount as well as already set up retail outlets in many of these states. It’s crazy to think all of a sudden they are just going to go against the will of the people who played by all the political rules for these initiatives to succeed. Right away I think this will obviously be received very negatively by the public, and they will hear tons of criticism from all sorts of people.
The other thing however is that this conference was very brief and very vague as to what this meant exactly. It could mean a whole variety of things from the extreme of no more legal marijuana in 8 states that have been reaping in the countless benefits of reduced crime rates, violence, and the list goes on. Or it could mean they are tightening the rules and making more hoops to jump through in order for there to be regulation. Either way it is not good. There was definitely a clear negative connotation associated with “recreational” use of the drug during this press conference. This is a medicine that is also something that improves the quality of life for a lot of healthy adults. Everyone has something that marijuana could help with whether thats stress, sleeping issues, depression, improving quality of life. and none of these are terminal diseases they are parts of every day life for many people. No one needs to explain their reason for use of this natural substance to anyone, even if it did have the harmful effects that society claimed it did. That’s clearly a personal choice that no one has a right to interfere with.
In some sort of effort to establish reasoning for this uncalled for intervention, he cited the rising opiate problem in the country as a reason not to legalize another substance. This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a while. The american people don’t want to hear the non factual opinions anymore. Especially after the evidence has been piling up that states with marijuana laws in effect have far lower opiod overdose and use levels. It’s a far safer alternative, not another harmful drug to “throw into the mix”. It will definitely be interesting seeing how this all unfolds and if the president will rethink this kind of approach and get on the right side of history. The truth has come out with Colorado and all the things that they claimed would go wrong never did. Now that people have seen that they are not gonna fall for the same nonsense that kept it illegal this long.