John Hudak is deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management and a senior fellow in Governance Studies. His research includes state and federal marijuana policy. John’s 2016 book, Marijuana: A Short History, offers a unique, up-to-date profile of how cannabis emerged from the shadows of counterculture and illegality to become a serious, even mainstream, public policy issue and source of legal revenue for both businesses and governments. In it, he describes why attitudes and policy have changed, and what those changes mean for marijuana's future place in society. Follow him on Twitter @JohnJHudak
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While new announcements from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection may be a sigh of relief for the industry, there remain a few concerns as Canada marks this historic day.
Why might the White House be moving in this direction on cannabis policy? It flies in the face of public opinion as well as the president’s promises on the campaign trail and to a senator of his own party.
For industry and for the advocacy community, it is a critical question, as President Trump—at least rhetorically—has been the most pro-cannabis reform-minded president in history.
Secretary Shulkin has an obligation to do better on behalf of those brave men and women who served.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, sponsored the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, the most progressive piece of marijuana-related legislation ever filed.
During yesterday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the Trump administration’s position on marijuana enforcement.