According to the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday the White House may go after states who have made pot ok.
‘I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it,’ he told a reporter asking about future action. This is a far cry from how President Obama spoke of it in 2012.
After Washington and Colorado voted yes on referendums to legalize the substance, Barack Obama’s Department of Justice chose not to go after them.
‘We’ve got bigger fish to fry,’ he said in a Dec. 12, 2012, interview with Barbara Walters. ‘It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal.
Obama said he did not, at that point, support legalization and noted that it’s a ‘tough’ topic because it’s the legislative branch that sets the laws.
‘I head up the executive branch; we’re supposed to be carrying out laws,’ he said. ‘And so what we’re going to need to have is a conversation about, how do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it’s legal?
It took his administration until August of the following year to formally announce that it was ‘deferring its right’ to challenge legalization laws at that time.
‘But if any of the stated harms do materializeeither despite a strict regulatory scheme or because of the lack of onefederal prosecutors will act aggressively to bring individual prosecutions focused on federal enforcement priorities and the Department may challenge the regulatory scheme themselves in these states,’ a memo said. We do not know how Trump would view pot.
Per The Daily Mail: “As a candidate, Trump said the federal government should ‘leave it up to the states’ to decide how to handle pot.
Yet, he also said at a conference in June of 2015 that he saw ‘big problems’ with the way the law was being applied in Colorado.
‘If they vote for it, they vote for it,’ he said. ‘But, you know, they have got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado.
Six months later Trump had changed his tune, saying at rally in Nevada, where marijuana is also legal, that he wanted to study the issue.
‘There’s a question as to how it’s all working out there, you know? That’s not going exactly trouble-free. So I really think that we should study Colorado, see what’s happening,’ the Republican stated.