‘Expect Greater Enforcement Of Marijuana Laws Under The Trump Administration,’ Says Sean Spicer

‘Expect Greater Enforcement Of Marijuana Laws Under The Trump Administration,’ Says Sean Spicer

‘Expect Greater Enforcement Of Marijuana Laws Under The Trump Administration,’ Says Sean Spicer

The White House indicated Thursday that the enforcement of federal laws on recreational marijuana will increase during President Donald Trump’s tenure in office.

Press secretary Sean Spicer, responding to a question at Thursday’s press briefing about the Department of Justice’s role when federal marijuana laws conflict with state statutes, said he believes there is a wide difference between recreational and medicinal marijuana use.

“I do believe you will see greater enforcement of [federal restrictions on recreational use],” said Spicer.

As for the drug’s medicinal benefits, Spicer explained that Trump “understands … the comfort” that medical marijuana brings to some sufferers of terminal diseases but Spicer showed concern for “encouraging” drug use “when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming around the states in the country.”

Marijuana continues to be listed as a Schedule I substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration under the Controlled Substances Act, defined by the government as “drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

 

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