Trump Would Be Making a Big Mistake by Going After Legal Weed

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.

Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • Typical

    Personally,I think all drugs should be legal, it’s not worth all the money wasted to stop it, the militarization of police that comes with it, or the enrichment of criminal enterprise by artificially inducing scarcity.

    • Maintenance Renegade

      For the most part I’d agree with you but there’s certain drugs I never want to see legalized. I grew up in Colorado and I currently live in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve borne witness to what happens to society when meth or heroin chew their way through it and I’ve personally experienced an opiate pill addiction. There are certain drugs where you’d be better off just sticking a gun to your head because it would hurt less and be over a hell of alot quicker.

      • Typical

        If other drugs were legal, perhaps those wouldn’t get the foothold they do. No one’s drinking poison bathtub gin now that alcohol is legal. And honestly, I don’t care if drugs destroy lives, it literally isn’t my concern how other people kill themselves, unless they commit suicide by trying to rob me to support their habits.

        • Maintenance Renegade

          In principle I agree, but in practice I find that Meth and Heroin may as well be an irl zombie virus.

          • Typical

            I believe i n total personal freedom, personal meaning affecting you, not the rights of others. So you can freely turn yourself into a zombie if you desire, as long as you accept the consequences.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    Going after pot sincerely would be crazy, going after pot to force a transactional confrontation about sanctuary cities would be crazy like a fox though. I say apply the screws and then give progs and libertarians nationally legalized pot in exchange for giving Trump his desired border security and immigration policies.

    Trump is more often crazy like a fox rather than merely crazy.

    • Silence Dogood

      I’d like to know how the GOP could go after states who have legalized weed when they are forever beating on about “muh states rights”. It would be the very height of hypocrisy.

      • Maintenance Renegade

        Like I said I think it’s theater, he’s got more important work for his DOJ to do.

        • Silence Dogood

          I certainly hope so.

  • Danlantic

    According to Gallup, 58% of Americans favor legalization. The number reached the 50% point in 2010.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/186260/back-legal-marijuana.aspx

    According to Pew, 53% of Americans favor legalization.

    http://www.newsmax.com/US/marijuana-support-millennials-pew/2015/04/15/id/638632/

  • Silence Dogood

    I consider the high from marijuana akin to the intoxication from alcohol, except you don’t become retarded, don’t black out, don’t get violently ill and it takes both a fraction of the time and material to reach that state. The whole would would be a much happier place (and criminals would have less source of income) if weed was legal everywhere. This is just a fact.

  • RevDr. Robert Foster, AbC, EfG

    All drugs should be legalised. Not only does Prohibition not work (you’d have thought they’d have learned after alcohol), but it makes the wrong folks rich.
    You wanna cripple the gangs and cartels? Make their supply worthless by legalizing and flooding the market.

  • no4morefoObama

    POTUS and Congress should step back from weed entirely and turn it over to the states to decide. Should tax weed at FEDERAL LEVEL to fund studies through FDA for medical benefits and help states establish DUI detection process and impairment levels. Also, federal agents would collaborate to enforce state law in all 50 states under appropriate state law.

  • ExiledV2

    Too bad. Sessions hates legal marijuana and is going to go after it in style. *shrugs* S’what happens when you elect that party into office.

  • BanPC

    Great, go ahead and legalize it. Then we really would have the working people supporting dope heads. You know damn well companies don’t want people working for them that are impaired. The insurance rates would go through the roof, so part of maintaining liability insurance would be a mandated drug policy.

    In essence, the working stiffs paying for people to get high. Much like it is now, only on a far larger scale.