It is no secret that Donald Trump is not a bigot but thank God, white is not the only color he sees. The billionaire president also sees green and not only green as is cash but also green as in marijuana, medical marijuana to be exact.
In his $1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September, Trump made it clear that he does not support federal law enforcement officers cracking down on medical marijuana in states where it has been legalized.
“Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility,” his statement reads.
Marijuana advocates earlier this week cheered the spending bill’s provision, which protects certain states that have legalized marijuana amid fears that the Trump administration would rein in legalization laws.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a long history of opposing marijuana, telling a conference of state attorneys general in February that he’s “dubious” to the drug’s benefits. He has also called the drug “more dangerous … than a lot of people realize.”
“Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws,” Sessions told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt in March. “So yes, we will enforce law in an appropriate way nationwide.”
Twenty-nine states, as well as the District of Columbia, have medical marijuana laws on the books, while 21 states have decriminalized the drug.