Will Trump Be A Threat to Marijuana Legalization?
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Will Trump Be A Threat to Marijuana Legalization?
Posted by CN Staff on November 18, 2016 at 09:26:40 PT
By Thor Benson
Source: Huffington Post
USA -- There’s one good thing about Donald Trump when it comes to marijuana. Trump has said he supports medical marijuana, and he said legalizing recreational marijuana should be left up to the states. Tom Angell, the founder of Marijuana Majority, pointed this out in a statement after Trump won the presidency.“President-Elect Trump has clearly and repeatedly pledged to respect state marijuana laws, and we fully expect him to follow through on those promises, not only because it is the right thing to do but also because these reforms are broadly supported by a growing majority of voters,” Angell wrote. “Reversing course and going against the tide of history would present huge political problems that the new administration does not need.”
That said, Trump is infamous for changing his mind whenever he feels like it, so it’s hard to say if he’ll actually follow his own campaign promises. Furthermore, those he has surrounded himself with as he prepares to take office do not give marijuana advocates much hope when it comes to protecting the progress that’s been made so far.Let’s start with his likely Secretary of State, Rudy Giuliani. While he was mayor of New York City, nearly 1 million people were arrested for drug crimes, and marijuana was a major focus of his efforts. Furthermore, Giuliani has repeatedly spoken out against medical marijuana.Chris Christie, who will likely have an “important role“ in Trump’s administration, is no fan of marijuana either. During the campaign last year, Christie said twice that he would enforce federal law when it comes to marijuana, which would mean a crackdown on legal states. “If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie said. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.”Reports are currently indicating Trump’s attorney general may be Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Sessions is on record saying that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and that marijuana is not safer than alcohol.Then there’s his vice president-elect, Mike Pence. Pence has a terrible history with marijuana, as we’ve explained before. While governor of Indiana, Pence brought forth some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country, including allowing those caught with over an ounce of marijuana to receive 2 1/2 years in prison and a felony. Those caught with any at all could get six months in prison. This does not bode well for those hoping for a pro-marijuana Trump administration.It is possible Trump will take the reins and stick by his campaign promises, but he’s not known for consistency, and he’s supported by drug warriors. The only hope we may have for protecting marijuana is the growing acceptance of marijuana, the need for more tax revenues and the movement advocates have created.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Thor Benson Published: November 17, 2016Copyright: 2016, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on November 19, 2016 at 08:33:12 PT
This isn't going to be pretty. Trump is child like and has temper tantrums. It's going to be a rough ride.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on November 19, 2016 at 06:15:28 PT
We are getting a little long in the tooth...
But I still have hope. We may live a long time! I know it's going to happen and the bullies and authoritarians will be forced to back off, sit down and shut up and for heaven's sake, quit harming people to satisfy their ungodly fetish. I'd really like for us all to live long enough to see that, and preferably, enjoy it awhile. It's really hard to see the damage prohibitionists do to people in the name of their punishing. It's really hard.Wear those big boots and stick that one foot way out in front of the other, and "Keep on Truckin"!We've got this!
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on November 19, 2016 at 05:34:15 PT
I try to accept that legalization might not happen in my lifetime now but it will happen. 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on November 18, 2016 at 19:10:13 PT
Did a C-News search on Jeff Sessions. 
Articles back to 1999. Might as well laugh... but dang. Jeff Sessions hates. A lot.I'm trying not to be afraid. I don't like being afraid of these weird tyrants and their unjust laws and decrees.Yes, FoM. Cursed thing's got it's second wind, now. For sure, not tame yet. These prohibitionists, like Sessions, are the ones that can't be reached at all with reason and common sense and they have unprecedented power over the rest of us. Even more so, now. This second wind it's getting is an ill wind, no doubt, likely to bring more suffering and grief to all those the prohibitionists detest. But, like my Dad always liked to say, "There's never been a horse that couldn't be ridden and never been a rider that couldn't be thrown." Oh... I forgot. He made it rhyme. "Ain't never been a horse that couldn't be rode.
 Ain't' never been a cowboy that couldn't be throwed."
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on November 18, 2016 at 16:08:49 PT
I thought we almost tamed that horse and now he is bucking again! LOL! Got to laugh or I would cry. 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on November 18, 2016 at 15:48:47 PT
In a Trump government
Sabet and others will plea for Yuge sums of our money, "Look what we did in Arizona!" and maybe, get it.I'm worried now about what positions he's going to put Adelson and the Semblers in. Co-Drug-Czars? I guess my hope of him ditching the Czar's job is not likely to come to fruition.This hurts.Maybe it's true that all these old prohibitionists will have to pass on to their reward, if any, before we can really have peace and liberty in this matter.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on November 18, 2016 at 15:21:12 PT
Sessions doesn't look good for freedom and liberty
or the end of a Yuge and awful injustice.Trump obviously admires and respects Sessions. I don't. I think he's a blood thirsty, die-hard, hard core, swore he'd never quit sadistic and self righteous drug war. I think he's misled to the point of delusion.Well, friends and allies, you know what Yogi said. "It ain't over 'til it's over."Where The War on Pot Will Go To Die"Or look to recent comments made by FBI director James Comey, who admitted that he can’t hire the 2,000 cyber-crime fighters the bureau needs to protect America because of workplace drug tests. “I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey said. He was upbraided by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for providing yet “one more example of leadership in America dismissing the seriousness of marijuana use.” Whatever you can say about Comey, he’s in good company acknowledging the ubiquity of pot smoking in today’s America. According to the latest government data, 43% of Americans—including the three most recent presidents—have tried pot at least once. And when asked whether alcohol or marijuana is more harmful to society, fully 63% say booze and just 23% say pot. How much longer can the Jeff Sessions of the world hold back the tide of public opinion?"
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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on November 18, 2016 at 13:55:04 PT:
anti-marijuana lowlifes
Jeff Sessions, and the rest of the Anti-Marijuana rabble will have to face a big surprise if they try to resurrect the War on the American People -- oops! I meant, the War on, ahem, "drugs" -- no, actually, I meant the War on the TRUE American People. We won't just stand by idly and accept it.I smell a Revolution coming!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on November 18, 2016 at 12:00:30 PT
Americans are not fans of sessions.
Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general not fan of legal weed only limited instances, cannabis RE-legalization propositions, amendments and questions have failed to get voted for. Cannabis is popular with the majority and people are less inclined to pay attention to cannabis prohibitionists.States which have RE-legalized cannabis full on or medicinally are not fans of Sessions and that's the BIG PICTURE.It matters not, that He believes cannabis is not safer than booze. He will be exposed if He were to proceed with any confrontation regarding cannabis...-& He will resist risking that exposure!Today, Cannabis is the underdog supported by the masses.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 18, 2016 at 11:23:00 PT
Ok, Obama was timely and stood back; that was good.At this point, it is realistic to acknowledge at no time during cannabis prohibition did /do citizens stop using cannabis. -We are not waiting on a president to end it, ok it or any such thing.The people are ending cannabis prohibition.Nincompoops are nothing new. They were in Obama's administration and trumpot may break nincompoop records but make no mistake.It's God against them. Who do You think wins?
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