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"Who’s Fighting for Cannabis Rights in Washington ? "


The short answer is, lots of people. Okay, this article is going to get political, so get ready. Every cannabis news organization is waiting on pins and needles for negative and positive reports about what the current U.S. presidential administration intends to do concerning cannabis. So far, most reports have been speculative, and the administration hasn’t made any real changes to the way the Obama administration handled the industry. While most of us are content to sit back and enjoy the state-determined legality of cannabis, some people are worried about Trump’s administration (and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions) might do to enforce conflicting federal laws. Let’s take a look at some of the pro-active people who are driving the campaign to keep marijuana and hemp legal and available to patients at the federal level.

What Has the Trump Administration Said So Far About the Marijuana Industry?

Nothing much. The Trump administration has made a concerted effort not to make brash statements about the lucrative cannabis industry – which is really saying something for a president who rattles off near-nightly tweets. (And it hits him a lot, apparently.) Dare we think this means Trump approves of the cannabis and hemp industries? As a matter of fact, the current administration has been denying statements about the cannabis industry because of wild speculation. Sean Spicer, in a White House Briefing on February 23, really didn’t say much on the issue, either. He noted that there was a big difference between medical marijuana, which is protected by a Congressional decision in 2014 from federal persecution and recreational marijuana, but said that the Justice Department will be handling that. So basically, he didn’t really say anything we don’t already know.

Jeff Sessions, who repeatedly stated his opposition to marijuana legalization prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney General, has indicated that he will merely enforce the current laws, so the marijuana and hemp industries must make sure that the current laws allow for patients to have guaranteed access to their medicine at all times. When pressed for policy changes the Trump administration was planning for marijuana, Spicer said, “Okay, you don’t get to just yell out questions. We’re going to raise our hands like big boys and girls.” Thanks for the classroom lesson, Spicer. It seems to me that the bigger issues of human trafficking, transgender rights, and the Dakota Pipeline were rightly focused on during the briefing.

Who’s Fighting for Cannabis and Patients’ Rights in Washington?

That said, there are people who believe they should be proactive when it comes to cannabis and hemp rights in the United States, and I’m one of them. Why not guarantee that patients’ cannabis medicine is available no matter what the current administration believes? Why not continue to work toward federal legalization of medical cannabis and recreational cannabis? Here are some of the people who are working for the patients on this: California State Treasurer John Chiang, the U.S. House Cannabis Caucus, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. John Chiang believes that the Trump administration must provide clarity on the issue of recreational marijuana (and he’s asked for it), especially since his state will be legalizing what may be a $7 billion industry next year. (California has had legal medical marijuana since 1996.) The members of the U.S. House Cannabis Caucus (which includes Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Rep. Earl Bluemenauer, and Rep. Don Young) are all from states where recreational cannabis is legal, and they are all supporting recreational marijuana state laws. The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act would protect cannabis companies and individuals from federal prosecution in recreationally-legal states. Both Hickenlooper and Newsom support recreational and medical marijuana in their states. The request for state decision-making on marijuana issues has been presented three times, but has not passed. It is also supported by the Marijuana Policy Project. Let’s hope it passes this time and stops the uncertainty in the news.

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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