Ever since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his plans to end protections for states with legalized marijuana laws, people have called on President Donald Trump to reverse that decision. However, Trump's remained silent on the issue aside from a statement from his press secretary saying he supports the rule of law. But now members of Congress are demanding he take action.
A group of 54 members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives wrote a letter to the president demanding he reverse Sessions' policy change earlier this month. Members from both political parties signed their names to the letter.
“This action has the potential to unravel efforts to build sensible drug policies that encourage economic development as we are finally moving away from antiquated practices that have hurt disadvantaged communities,” the letter said. “These new policies have instead helped eliminate the black market sale of marijuana and allowed law enforcement to focus on real threats to public health and safety.”
The lawmakers noted that while on the campaign trail in 2016, Trump said on multiple occasions he believes marijuana laws should be left up to the states.
Some of the notable people to sign the letter include Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker, all of whom are seen as likely candidates for the presidential race in 2020.
While there were Republicans who signed the letter, none of them were members of the party's leadership and there were no GOP senators who signed the letter either.
It seems unlikely Trump will get involved in the marijuana debate unless it becomes abundantly clear that it's costing him or the Republican Party votes. Until then, he seems more than fine letting Session do whatever he wants. Less work for the president that way!
(h/t Marijuana Moment)