Trump Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Going After Legal Weed
I used to smoke marijuana…a lot. In fact, not only did I smoke it, many times I would enjoy edibles or vape the stuff. It helped me in many ways and also harmed me in a few as well. But, I can honestly say that the biggest harm I received was courtesy of the government. If you enjoy weed, many states make you into a criminal. Getting caught up in the system is not something to enjoy. Arguably even worse, you might turn to alcohol like I did. These are not outcomes our elected officials should welcome and they do great damage to the social fabric of our nation, as well as to the economic one.
I no longer use illegal drugs, including marijuana. That hasn’t changed my mind about legalization in the slightest, though. The prohibition of drugs is a failed policy. It will never work for any substance, weed included. Still, let’s keep this conversation THC-only. Eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. They should be applauded, not raided by federal agents. And if other states want to keep it illegal, while I disagree with the stance, they should also be allowed to do so.
Optimally, the federal government would legalize weed for all, but I just don’t see that happening anytime soon, if ever.
Far from full-scale legalization, there are actually many people who want to crack down on the legal states. In the past, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been on of those people. He now has the power to act on this and if you listened to Press Secretary Sean Spicer yesterday, it sounds like he just might do it. I don’t think this is the right course of action. Not only do I think it’s wrong from a policy standpoint, I also think it’s a dumb political move. Marijuana is literally more popular than Trump, the GOP, the Democrats, or the media. That should tell you something in and of itself.
Many Trump supporters, believe it or not, also support legal marijuana. They thought that Trump was going to leave this issue up to the states due to many of his comments during the election. It’s not that The Donald is pro-weed, either. He’s been pretty clear that he doesn’t personally support its usage outside of medical needs. But he intimated that he was going to leave this issue for states to decide on their own. Going back on this will mark President Trump out as being just another socially conservative Republican. Plus, with everything else on his plate, this is a fight that is ill-advised.
Focus on the border and on the economy. This is not why you were elected.
Is marijuana legalization the most important thing facing the nation? No, of course not. I fully realize that some people see the whole debate as stupid. I don’t, but maybe you do. The thing is, I see plenty of things as ignorant myself. Arguing about abortion for 50 years is not something I think wise, but I try not to laugh at the people who put the issue on a pedestal. I believe some others would be wise to treat this issue in the same manner.
Give me your thoughts on the subject, as I’m eager to hear them. Seattle4Truth and I also talked about the topic in a recent video over on YouTube. Check that out as well if you have the time.