The United States is in the grips of an opioid epidemic with no end in sight. President Donald Trump’s administration is set to introduce a federal restriction on the legalization of cannabis, the White House recently suggested. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during his daily briefing session with reporters that the states enjoying tax revenue and job creation after legalizing marijuana will likely see “greater enforcement” of federal law banning cannabis in every shape and form.
Spicer also contradicted known science and medical research by tacitly pinning the blame for the country’s heroin problem on cannabis. Not pharmaceutical industry-driven over prescription of painkillers, or a faulty reliance on medicine to solve pain. It’s cannabis that is driving Americans to overdose on painkillers and then, when that supply or their health insurance runs out, turn to heroin, Spicer stated. “I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” said Spicer, who added that the Justice Department will be “further looking into” marijuana enforcement. But on the other hand, Donald Trump is OK with medical marijuana.
A federal restriction on legal marijuana is opposed by 71% of Americans, according to a Quinnipiac University poll figure. That figure would include about 40% of the minority of citizens who voted for Donald Trump. Trump’s latest approval ratings stand at a dismal 41%, with a majority of Americans finding the president “embarrassing.” Tom Angell, chair of the Marijuana Majority, a national advocacy organization stated, “If the administration is looking for ways to become less popular, cracking down on voter-approved marijuana laws would be a great way to do it. On the campaign trail, President Trump clearly and repeatedly pledged that he would leave decisions on cannabis policy to the states. With a clear and growing majority of the country now supporting legalization, reneging on his promises would be a political disaster and huge distraction from the rest of the president’s agenda.”