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Trump and Cannabis

 

"Trump, Cannabis & Hemp: A Likely Partnership"


Is President Trump just looking for a place to get in to the cannabis industry? I don’t know – but I think it’s likely. The reasons I believe this are: 1) he’s a businessman at heart, 2) he hasn’t condemned or even said much about the cannabis industry since before his election to POTUS, and 3) business meetings at the White House with CEOs have been happening an awful lot. Yep – this is another political blog, but I have to address the current administration’s stance (or lack of one) some time.

What Has The White House Said About Cannabis?

On Wednesday, Sean Spicer’s off-the-cuff comments about marijuana led many different news outlets to say the Federal government is going to crack down on recreational cannabis companies and states. Of course, recreational cannabis laws do not affect companies like Green Lotus Hemp (which is focused on medical hemp CBD oils and products), but awareness of the big picture is always a good idea, and we want to keep our customers informed. Speaking of information, you can go here to read the entire press briefing from February 23. In the briefing, which is the latest to address concerns about how Trump’s new administration is going to handle the burgeoning cannabis industry in the U.S., many topics were covered, from human trafficking, trade policies, and manufacturing jobs to marijuana.

It seemed that Spicer wasn’t planning to comment on marijuana, but he did say “The President understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them.” If anything, I’d say this was a positive comment for the marijuana industry, especially the medical side. Spicer also mentioned that states are protected under a 2014 Congressional rider that prohibits the federal government from interfering with medical cannabis patients. The Cole Memo, written in 2013, which also advises law enforcement in legal marijuana states to focus on marijuana distribution to minors, gang and cartel marijuana revenue, and the illegal transport of marijuana from legal states to illegal states. In other words, law enforcement was politely asked to lay off of legal marijuana businesses in states. The recreational cannabis industry is not protected under the Congressional rider, however, and Spicer stated that recreational marijuana is “a question for the Department of Justice.” So, once again, the government has still not taken a stance on recreational marijuana, but I’m feeling pretty good about medical marijuana and hemp CBD oil, because it’s clear that the new administration truly understands its benefits.

What Do Spicer’s Comments Mean for the Hemp Industry?

Spicer did not address the hemp industry at all, and as the Trump administration begins to draw lines (or build walls, however you want to look at it), it’s clear that they are not terribly concerned about the marijuana industry or the hemp industry. After all, Trump has a lot on his plate as he attempts to deport every illegal immigrant that has ever been accused of committing a crime from this country. I mean, that’s going to keep him pretty busy, so I think the marijuana industry can breathe easy, at least for the time being. If you’re on the medical side, I think you’re in the clear.

Julie K Godard

About Julie Godard:

Julie, a guest blogger of Green Lotus Hemp Products, is a strong advocate of cannabis, both in medical and recreational forms, for expanding our knowledge of medicine, culture, and the reality of our planet. She is an experienced freelance writer, content strategist, and cannabis industry researcher with a deep concern for social welfare and love of scientific discovery.


 

 Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of GLH products are sold as nutritional supplements, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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