Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Home Cannabis Trump Administration Doubles Down on Anti-Marijuana Position

Trump Administration Doubles Down on Anti-Marijuana Position

Donald Trump previously supported states considering marijuana legalization, but that could be changing.

Analysts previously predicted Donald Trump might support marijuana legalization to boost his chances of re-election this year. Instead, the opposite has happened. The Trump Administration has proposed removing medical marijuana protections in the 2021 fiscal budget and leaked audio revealed the President’s belief that smoking weed makes you dumb.

Trump has done little to reverse this appearance of an anti-marijuana sentiment building in the White House. Rather, a top Trump campaign spokesman doubled down and said marijuana should remain illegal at the federal level. During an interview with Las Vegas CBS affiliate KLAS-TV, Marc Lotter, who serves as director of strategic communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, was asked about the President’s stance on changing federal cannabis laws.

RELATED: America Can Probably Forget About Federal Marijuana Legalization Anytime Soon

“I think the president is looking at this from a standpoint of a parent—a parent of a young person—to make sure we keep our kids away from drugs,” Lotter said. “They need to be kept illegal. That is the federal policy.”

how donald trump holds significant sway on marijuana legalization
Photo by Alex Wong/Staff/Getty Images

This complicates what Trump stated during his 2016 campaign and time in the White House. Previously, Trump supported leaving marijuana legalization to the states and voiced support for the STATES Act, bipartisan legislation that would prohibit federal prosecution for those living in states with legal cannabis.

“I think the president has been pretty clear on his views on marijuana at the federal level. I know many states have taken a different path,” Lotter said.

RELATED: Why Marijuana Prosecutions Are Declining Across The Country

It could also signal a change in political strategy from the president in the upcoming election. Outside candidates Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg, the Democratic presidential nominee will support legalizing cannabis at the federal level. Trump could see it as an advantage to position himself opposite of his eventual opponent. For now, Trump appears comfortable allowing himself being seen as someone who will uphold federal cannabis prohibition.

Said Lotter, “If he changes that, obviously that would be something I wouldn’t want to get out in front of him on that.”

Support Us!

If you enjoy The Fresh Toast and want to continue to see us produce entertaining and consumer focused content around the cannabis and entertainment industries please consider donating to us

$

FOR A WEEKLY DOSE OF THE FRESH TOAST

Hand selected from our editors with all the latest news and entertainment with a side of cannabis.

MUST READ

Aluminum Cans May Reduce Potency Of Cannabis Drinks

Makers of cannabis drinks find that the lining in aluminum cans can drain the THC from beverages, rendering them useless.