Legal States Tell Trump: Cannabis Is Good For The Economy, Protects Minorities

Governors from the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana are asking the Trump administration to let the cannabis experiments continue.

The governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington say that marijuana legalization has expanded their economies.

The governors also say in Monday's letter that legal weed can be regulated to protect public safety and that legalization reduces "inequitable incarceration," or people of color being disproportionately jailed for pot crimes.

The letter was addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The governors say they opposed legalization at first, but warn that a federal pot crackdown now "would divert existing marijuana product into the black market."

The governors also ask for the Treasury Department not to change instructions to banks for handling marijuana money.

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The majority of cannabis consumers in America aren't particularly outspoken about their affection for marijuana. But just because they're in the cannabis closet doesn't mean they're opposed to being heard when it comes to other issues. In fact, it looks like cannabis consumers are shaping up to be a silent swing vote in the 2020 election, according to Civilized's 2019 Cannabis Culture Poll.

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