Yesterday, news broke that the White House has secretly organized The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee—a group charged with counteracting growing national support for cannabis legalization. Now lawmakers in Colorado - the first state to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes - have begun to voice their opinions on the matter. And at least one of the Centennial State's most vocal marijuana advocates, Senator Cory Gardner (R), believes President Trump will support legal states.
"There seems to be a lot of interest in these storylines going around about how staff are trying to manipulate the president or to work around his firmly held policy positions—including the position Trump held since the campaign that marijuana policy is best left to the states," Alex Siciliano, a spokesperson for Gardner told The Denver Post.
Gardner - along with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) - introduced the STATES Act, a proposed bill that would protect state level marijuana laws from federal interference. The law would also change the Schedule I classification of cannabis in legal states. Gardner's confidence in Trump comes from his own tentative support for that STATES Act.
"I really do. I support Senator Gardner," Trump said in June. "I know exactly what he's doing. We're looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes."
However, other politicians in Colorado are not so sure the president will keep state interests in mind.
"President Trump is flailing on marijuana policy, sometimes saying the states should decide, while also allowing the attorney general and other prohibition supporters in his purview to run amuck," said Rep. Jared Polis, (D-Boulder). "If the White House is actually spreading misinformation about marijuana to undercut states' rights, it's appalling but not out of the ordinary for President Trump and his gang of prohibition supporters."
Trump himself has yet to comment on The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, and it has yet to be seen how or if the interests of the prohibitionist group will be enforced.