Some marijuana advocates were optimistic when President Donald Trump took office since he'd made several statements indicating at least some support for cannabis legalization. And now one Republican says those hopes may be rewarded
California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said in an interview with Fox Business that the Trump administration will unveil its plans for marijuana reform in the near future. Rohrabacher said he believes the White House will hammer it out after the midterm elections next month.
“I have been talking to people inside the White House who know and inside the president’s entourage... I have talked to them at length. I have been reassured that the president intends on keeping his campaign promise," Rohrabacher said. “I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real."
Prior to his election, Trump said he supported medical marijuana and that he believed legalization should be left to the states. But since taking office, the Trump administration has done nothing to advance legalization causes, and obviously Attorney General Jeff Sessions has done his part to prevent reform as much as possible.
While Rohrabacher's words might give hope, they should also be taken with a grain of salt. Rohrabacher is running for re-election, and he's currently in a tight race against Democrat Harley Rouda. Considering he's a Republican in California with close ties to both the Trump administration and Russia, Rohrabacher's in a bit of an uphill battle.
However, he often uses his record as one of the biggest crusaders for marijuana in Congress to get support from moderate voters in his district. So it's possible Rohrabacher is saying that the Trump administration will pass marijuana reform in the near future, BUT only if you vote for him in November!
(h/t Fox Business)