Last week President Donald Trump announced that Mick Mulvaney, the current Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will take over as his Chief-of-Staff in 2019. And that may be somewhat good news for cannabis fans.
Before serving in the Trump administration, Mulvaney was a congressman for the state of South Carolina. And during his tenure in the U.S. House, he actually supported many cannabis-related bills and amendments. He consistently voted for the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, the law that forbid the Department of Justice from interfering in states with legalized medical marijuana. He supported efforts for the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow former military members access to medicinal cannabis. And he consistently supported bills that involved any sort of reform related to marijuana, CBD or hemp.
He even supported proposals that didn't have backing from the entire Republican Party, such as a 2015 amendment that would've banned the Justice Department from interfering with states who legalized recreational and medical marijuana.
Mulvaney has actually continued to pursue efforts that many would consider pro-marijuana as a member of the Trump administration. As the Director of the Office of Management & Budget, Mulvaney has on multiple occasions proposed severely cutting the funding to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly known as the "drug czar."
Of course, it's not clear how much influence Mulvaney will have over the Trump administration's marijuana policies. As Chief-of-Staff, he basically will oversee the operations of the entire White House. So he might not have time to craft a better marijuana policy.
It's more likely that the driving force behind the Trump administration's efforts on marijuana will be the president's nominee for Attorney General, William Barr, who has not yet stated what his views and plans are for dealing with states with legalized marijuana.
(h/t Marijuana Moment)