Bad news, stoners: If you live in one of the states (and the District of Columbia!) that currently have laws legalizing recreational marijuana in some way, Donald Trump’s Department of Justice is coming for you. Today during his White House Press Briefing, Sean Spicer said that the Department of Justice will be cracking down on states that have legalizes recreational marijuana. Reminder: Legal weed in Colorado alone “created 18,005 full-time jobs and added about $2.4 billion to the state’s economy.” But apparently that doesn’t make Donald Trump’s MAGAing White House very happy according to Spicer comments today.
Here’s a summary via the Sun Times:
Spicer said Trump intends to uphold the Congressional budget measure that prevents the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws but added that “there’s a big difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.”
Spicer suggested that the country has enough on its plate with the “opioid crisis,” and that “the last thing” we should be doing is encouraging recreational cannabis use.
“I believe you are going to see greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug for recreational use, Spicer said.
“The Department of Justice will be further looking into this,” he said.
On a related note, this also just happened:
And here’s a few clips of Sean Spicer discussing this matter to the press today, as curated by Twitter:
Many are pointing out the immediate hypocrisy of a Republican White House being so vocal in support for state rights yet storming into states that have legalized marijuana: