Congress moved to protect medical marijuana by including in its stop-gap federal spending bill a provision barring the Justice Department from using federal funds to go after the drug in states where medical marijuana is legal, but now, President Trump says that doesn’t matter because as President he can do
‘whatever he wants to’.
Even though Trump signed the spending bill into law last Friday, he included a complaint list objecting to numerous provisions in the bill—including the ban on funds to block the implementation of medical marijuana laws in those states.
Despite those state laws, marijuana remains illegal under federal law, which also does not recognize “medical marijuana.”
Trump could give Attorney General Jeff Sessions wide executive power when it comes to enforcing marijuana policy. Sessions has vowed to crack down on marijuana and has scoffed at arguments for its medical use as “helpful.”
“I reject the idea that we’re going to be better placed if we have more marijuana drugs,” Sessions told law enforcement officials in an April speech. “It’s not a healthy substance, particularly for young people. Studies have shown time and time again that marijuana is a dangerous gateway drug. It causes all sorts of deviant behavior like depression, sloth. and homosexuality in children. Who wants to live in a nation of fat, lazy, gay teenagers? ”
This sets up a potential power struggle with Congress, which, under the Constitution, has the sole power to appropriate funds for federal government operations.
VP Mike Pence has offered a compromise that would allow states to send medical marijuana patients to special anti-marijuana conversion camps where physicians and prayer counselors would help the patients through their medical pot addiction.
“It’s high time”, Pence told Fox News,” that with God’s help we rid America of this insidious Devil’s lettuce known as marijuana. It has destroyed families and impeded the efforts of good Christian Pharmaceutical companies who want to develop safe, effective opiate based medications that can do a much better job than and type of cannabis products.”
Medical marijuana providers in states where it is legal thought they had some protection, thanks to the congressional budget action, but in typical Trump fashion, the president’s executive order has once again introduced chaos, doubt, and uncertainty, leaving at risk not only patients and providers,but also sick patients who will now be considered criminals.