In a statement late last week, President Trump said that he reserves the right to disregard a provision that was approved by Congress with the intent of protecting state medical cannabis regulations from federal obstruction.
This statement attached to a funding bill and reads as follows
“Section B, section 531 of the Act provides that the Department of Justice may not use the funds made available to it under this Act to prevent the enforcement of medical marijuana laws by the various states and territories. My administration will treat this provision under the President’s constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States”.
The ambiguous wording does not specifically indicate its intention to ignore the will of Congress to prevent federal prosecution of producers and consumers of medical marijuana. But the statement appears to mark provisions that could inhibit his executive powers.
Trump’s words also suggest that he and his administration can enforce federal law. Which prohibits cannabis and classifies it as a Schedule I narcotic, against patients, producers, and other professionals even if they are in full compliance with state law on medical cannabis, and although Congress vehemently opposes it.
With more states legalizing cannabis in the United States, Trump’s statement appears to be in contrast to what Americans want. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that 66 % of Americans support the legalization of the cannabis-the highest level of support in history (no pun intended).
With the U.S. presidential election of 2020 fast approaching, Trump may want to consider the will of the people before making any further cannabis-related decisions