Allow States to Legalize Marijuana

Current Status: Faltering

As of

"In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state."

- Trump speech in Reno, NV, October 2016

Allowing states to legalize recreational cannabis is a reversal from earlier positions he's expressed.  For example, Trump said at the CPAC conference in June 2016: "I say it's bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it's bad, and I feel strongly about it."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an outspoken opponent of marijuana legalization, has spoken openly about and made moves toward prosecuting medical marijuana operations at the state level. Trump hasn't made any definitive statements on the issue since the election, but his silence can be construed as support for his Attorney General in making moves to fully criminalize marijuana.

In January 2018, Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that discouraged Federal interference in states that legalized cannabis. Afterwards, Trump's press secretary, Sarah Sanders, seemed to indicate that Trump’s position had changed, saying “Whether it’s marijuana or whether it’s immigration, the president strongly believes that we should enforce federal law.”

As of this writing no definitive legal actions or new policy statements have been issued - we will wait and see what happens.


See also: Crime, Domestic Affairs