There is a bright side to the election of Donald Trump for progressive voters. The Republican President-Elect is backward on issues like immigration, racial equality and women's rights, but he is relatively progressive on the marijuana issue. In fact, his position is quite similar to Hillary Clinton's stance on cannabis.
Trump doesn't endorse recreational use, but he does support each state's right to legalize cannabis. And he's in favor of medical marijuana.
"I think it certainly has to be... a state decision," he told WWJ Newsradio 950 last March. "There seems to be certain health problems with it, and that would be certainly bothersome. I do like it... from a medical standpoint - it does do pretty good things. But from the other standpoint, I think that should be up to the states. Certainly, from a medical standpoint, a lot of people are liking it."
But there's no telling if he will stick with that position.
His views on marijuana have already changed drastically since April 1990, when his stance was more progressive than anyone running in 2016.
"We're losing badly the war on drugs," Trump told a crowd at a luncheon back then. "You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars."
So cannabis activists shouldn't hold their breath hoping for change. Some are rightly concerned about Trump's volatility on this and other important issues.
"I personally find Trump to be terrifying on this issue," Paul Armantano - Deputy Director of NORML - told Civilized. "[T]he candidate has made numerous statements touching on this issue. Some of those statements have been in conflict with one another. And he is a candidate that is certainly known to change his position in a fairly whimsical manner."
So we'll have to wait and see what position the 45th president will take on marijuana reform.
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