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President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director June 8, 2018

    President Donald Trump on Friday expressed verbal support for recently introduced, bi-partisan legislation that seeks to codify legal protections for state-sanctioned marijuana-related activities.

    In response to a question from reporters, the President acknowledged that he “probably will end up supporting” The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018, sponsored by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Corey Gardner (R-CO). Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also reportedly promised to permit a vote on the legislation.

    The bill mandates that the federal Controlled Substances Act “shall not apply to any person acting in compliance” the marijuana legalization laws of their state. It also amends federal law to explicitly remove industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. A bipartisan House companion bill, sponsored by Reps. David Joyce (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), is pending in the House of Representatives.

    Also today, Governors from 12 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging passage of the STATES Act.

    In April, Sen. Gardner acknowledged that he had spoken with the President regarding the intent of his bill and that Trump “assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”

    Click here to send a message to your lawmakers in support of the States Act. 

    167 responses to “President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix”

    1. dave says:

      I knew ever since the election that President Trump would be the one that ends the federal prohibition of cannabis.

      I have written at least 60 letters to President Trump about prohibition and why it must be ended. Just the commerce and industrial end of it is huge. The medical end of is very important. The prison reform end of it very big as well.

      This bill is a waste of time(in my opinion), but it has brought the issue up where it is getting some much needed press coverage.

      Jeff sessions can eat his words…lol

      • Julian says:

        For the record, Jeff Sessions’ words in response to being left out of talks between Gardner and Trump were;

        “I was not a participant in the meetings he had at the White House, so I don’t know details of that except that it remains clear that the Cole memo has been withdrawn and the impact of that is essentially to make clear that we are not guaranteeing—and cannot guarantee—persons who use or distribute marijuana are protected from federal prosecution. I don’t think that’s appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws.”

        The word “neutered” stands out… as in Sessions was neutered from cracking down on state legalized marijuana because the Cole memo signed by President Obama prevented him… and by the time he rescinded it the memo was largely obsolete.

        But in this era of Rule-of-law-by-public-opinion or trial-by-propaganda the people watching Fox News think Obama did nothing for mj legalization. And Trump reacts to whatever lies his followers follow. So Trump feels like he can take all the credit for marijuana legalization and piss off AG Sessions, much to the chagrin of his greatest doners such as the Koch brothers.
        And thats where things get really interesting; regardless of what Trump’s supporters believe (which is apparently anything) what will be more important to Trump? Signing a bill to get perceived vengeance on Obama and piss off Sessions? Or keep his voter supressing doners happy… you know, the ones with petroleum and timber patents that will lose value in a legally banked hemp and marijuana market and the same ones that brought Kris Kobach and the Cro$$check program to steal the election?

        • sk says:

          I don’t care who legalizes it or what party they’re affiliated with. Finger pointing is something our parents did for the fifty years they were in office.

          I belong to generation “stfu and get shit done already”

          • Julian says:

            Sk,
            Your stfu failed.
            To the contrary we need to use this moment to get loud: as in click on the ACT tab and tell your Congressman to pass the STATES Act.

            If you read my post carefully my question is not meant to discourage Republican participation in mj legalization so much as point out the doners and stake holders behind them who are busy lobbying the President and our Congress for their own patents, taxes and subsidies. And so should we as voting constituents.

          • Evening Bud says:

            sk,

            You “can’t get shit done” until you get the assholes out of power.

          • RJ says:

            Well said sk. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

            • Dain Bramage says:

              RJ,
              Wow, who knew legalization was as easy as “stfu?” Wonderful! We’ve got nothing to worry about now! (sarcasm)

        • TBONE says:

          Stop telling people how to live their lives. Not because their there and you own the land over there doesn’t give you the right to tell them how to live on that land. Grow up guys or I’m coming in there and grabbing you grown boys by your ears and removing you

        • Jack Stinnett says:

          Julian

          “For the record”
          “PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” and Draining the Swamp and Legalizing Marijuana and Building the Wall.

          • Julian says:

            Congratulations Jack, you almost completed a cohesive sentence! Keep reading! You might learn something.
            Jeez, I’m worried this guy is going to fly head first through a closed door when he realizes how badly he’s getting screwed.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            Jack, you’re the broken record. Bullshit.

            • Jack Stinnett says:

              President Trump Making America Great Again and Legalizing Marijuana and Draining the Swamp and Building the Wall.
              “Roll a Fatty for Ol’Big Daddy”??

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Dave, you crow too soon. You don’t “know” jack shit. Trump ain’t done shit for the marijuana legalization movement. He gave us Sessions. He is not going to legalize it.

        • Demonhype says:

          Here’s a different perspective on Sessions’ effect on mj legalization.

          http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/dpa-op-ed-usa-today-why-anti-marijuana-ag-jeff-sessions-may-be-best-thing-happen-marijuana

          Sometimes the draconian fascist tactic is the most effective one to spur folks to action.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            DemonHype,
            It wasn’t worth Trump.
            We were chugging along just fine without Trump, legalizing state after state after state under President Obama, and would have continued doing so under Hillary.

            We sure as fuck did not need Trump’s help, or the traitorous Republicans. And he is no fucking help now. He is a worthless, evil human being. He is the last person we want to associate with.

            Traitor Trump is the worst thing that could have happened to the marijuana legalization movement, and to America.

            • Jack Stinnett says:

              President Trump Making America Great Again and Draining the Swamp.
              President Trump is legalizing marijuana. The neo-liberals are just pissed off “WE WIN Again”. And, We will Will Again. Setting here on this sack of seeds….??

            • Dain Bramage says:

              Nobody is buying it except you: the ones that can be fooled ALL of the time.

            • Evening Bud says:

              Julian,

              Wait till people start feeling the true effects of Trump’s trade war. Those haven’t even kicked in yet.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            No fucking way Jeff Sessions is “good” for the marijuana legalization movement. That’s like setting your kid on fire so he gets some exercise! Pure fucking evil.

            If Jeff Sessions is “helping”, then stop! Knock that shit off!

            No, we’re good and fucked, until we rid the world of the Russian mob Trump Administration.

            • Julian says:

              Dain,
              I agree with you that all the voter supression by US oligarchs such as Charles and David Koch, John Paulson, Sheldon Adelson and the Sacklers to name a few… putting a pathological narcissist Russian traitor in the White House just to get their tax cuts was absolute treason. The Koch’s anarchist Nazi agenda should worry everyone, whether their grandfathers were medics in Normandy during D day or not.

              But with that said, Demonhype has a point. Do you realize how far Trump supporting conspiracy theorists have to stretch their fearful minds to rationalize why Sessions was chosen by Trump for AG if he wasn’t already taking money from prohibition during the campaign?
              We mj activists saw the red Kremlin flags even before Sessions endorsed Trump’s campaign in Feb. of 2016. The Anslingeresque speech Trump began his campaign on said it all.
              But the Fox-brained voting block is still figuring it out. Loyal Republican farmers are just now figuring out that Trump betrayed them like he does to everyone… even himself. Hell, Trump is so dumb and greedy he sometimes forgets and betrays Putin.
              But Sessions is another creature of avarice. He knows mj is safe and medicinal. But he spent his entire career killing the sick and poor for Big Pharma. He reversed the Cole memos but too late. But that action snowballed into an mmj rider in the DOJ’s budget to protect mmj dispensaries yesterday, and that is under a Republican controlled government. Just imagine what a Democratic Congress will do to Sessions…

            • Dain Bramage says:

              Julian, and Demonhype,
              Try this on for size:

              Donald Trump and his girlfriend Jeff Sessions are the WORST thing to happen to the marijuana legalization movement, BUT it is bringing OUT the BEST in US, as we rise to meet the challenge.

              Better?

            • Jack Stinnett says:

              President Trump Making America Great Again and Draining the Swamp and Legalizing Marijuana ????????

            • Dain Bramage says:

              By the way, it remains to be seen whether the marijuana legalization movement will succeed in overcoming the challenges which Trump and Sessions represent.

              Both Trump and Sessions are marijuana prohibitionists, and they are coming for us, don’t kid yourself.

              Will you really be shocked when the crackdown happens? Be honest. You saw it coming a mile away. So did I.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Dave,
        Most marijuana arrests occur on a state level. The 10th Amendment does not legalize marijuana.

    2. Chris says:

      Why was Fox News, a conservative network the first and one of the only networks to report this? Isn’t this a liberal cause?

    3. Dain Bramage says:

      So what?
      Trump’s word means nothing.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Jesus God, am I the only one who sees the elephant in the room?

        From above:

        ‘President acknowledged that he “probably will end up supporting” The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act.’

        But the 10th Amendment is safely enshrined in the Constitution! In fact, Traitor Trump himself, and his Republican cult devotees like Cory Gardner, are the biggest single threat to the US Constitution today! Full stop! See “Mueller investigation” and Trump’s claims of Absolute Power in response. We are facing a constitutional crisis. We are descending into a dictatorial banana republic!

        Have we not learned? The worst thing you can do is try to cut a deal with Trump.

        • Wake up! says:

          It’s an investigation over a non-issue: the Stele Dossier.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            Half Asleep,
            That is a hoot. Read the indictments!

            • Jack Stinnett says:

              Read IG report and see who’s going to prison…Obama and Michael, Crooked Killary clinton, Comey, Brennan, McCabe, and MUELLER. Stand up Ass-Hats and take a breath you are oxygen deprive.

            • Dain Bramage says:

              Jack, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you, cheap!

        • Brenton says:

          he can’t be president for ever. you are upset that your candidate lost? cool.

          no need to freak out. the Constitution is being upheld more now than ever, if the people want to switch in the upcoming election, we will have another president.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        From Frank Vyan Walton on Daily Kos:

        “Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has now received his fourth indictment, this one includes seven counts for conspiracy to defraud the United States, witness tampering, in an effort coverup his money laundering, his actions as an unregistered foreign agent with false statements and obstruction of justice which all occurred between 2006 and 2018 and involved an active Russian Intelligence operative.

        “Manafort’s partner Rick Gates who has already pleaded guilty to many similar crimes and is now a cooperating witness is mentioned several times, also charged in the indictment is Manafort’s long time employee Konstantin Kilimnick who besides running Manafort’s offices in Kiev where he acted as a go between for Manafort with Russian Oligarch’s such as Aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska — whom he had offered to provide a private briefing on the Trump Campaign — also happens to have current ties to Russian Military Intelligence (GRU) as was explained in the indictment against London based lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan for his lying to the FBI about Gates being in contact with Kiliimnick for which he just finished serving 30 days in Federal prison.

        “The bulk of the indictment involves Manafort’s money laundering which occurred before he was part of the Trump campaign and his more recent attempts to use encrypted apps to contact and influence witnesses to support him on his previous three indictments but the fact is that during the entire time, including during the election, he was in near constant contact with Kilimnick, who again was a Russian Intelligence asset.

        “That. Is. Collusion with Russia.”

      • Jack Stinnett says:

        President Trump Making America Great Again. His words DO mean something because his words have removed Obama 8 years from ever occupying the WHITE House. And the oil pipelines are pumping Canadian and United States Oil. Drill Baby Drill.

    4. Leroy says:

      Traitor!

      • Julian says:

        Yes, we know Trump is a traitor Leroy. But he did campaign that we should respect states rights in regards to mj law. If you feel Trump betrayed you by expressing support for state legalization what are you doing on a marijuana legalization blog?

        • Leroy says:

          Laughable, Julian. It’s you and Dain calling him a traitor. I think you’re idiots, and you responding as if I wasn’t being sarcastic demonstrates how disingenuous you guys are. You’re full of shit.

          Thought Julian was all business, but he delivers the bullshit just like the insufferable, dillusional Dain Bramage.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            Leroy, you are not capable of intellectual thought. Stop embarrassing yourself, fool.

          • Negative Nancy says:

            Leroy,
            It is an internet convention to indicate sarcasm with /s, or some other explicit indicator, since sarcasm cannot be detected using ordinary visual or tonal social cues.

          • Julian says:

            Have a nice day Leroy.

          • Jack Stinnett says:

            Leroy,
            I second your facts. The “Ass-Hat neo-liberals” are having a nervous breakdown due to mental illness.
            President Trump Making America Great Again and Draining the Swamp and Building the wall and LEGALIZING MARIJUANA. ??.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Trump is the biggest threat to the US Constitution.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Leroy, check my logic, will you?

        This bill is called “The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act of 2018”, correct?

        But the 10th Amendment is already safely enshrined in the US Constitution. There is no expiration date on the 10th Amendment. I wasn’t aware that it was weakening, like a rickety, old, weather-worn fence.

        Why would the 10th Amendment need “strengthening” when it doesn’t get old? Is it under attack? By whom?

        If your answer is Jeff Sessions, then I assume you are talking about Traitor Trump’s nomination for Attorney General, confirmed among Republican Senators unanimously.

        So, the 10th Amendment is under attack from the Trump administration, and Republicans.

        Now: Is it smart, or is it stupid, to expect the people who are attacking you to protect you from themselves?

        Think, Leroy.

        • Charles G. says:

          Mr. Bramage,
          The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads as follows:

          “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

          So with that said, let me ask you: When the U.S. Constitution was drafted, reviewed, and adopted, was there a Constitutional authority that stated the federal government could decide for all 50-states what substances were harmful and hence illegal and which ones weren’t? The answer is obviously “No”, but case law (read Courts) have manipulated the interpretation to the point the 10th Amendment is almost meaningless–hence the need for “Strengthening.” In other words, the STATES legislation can preempt any previous case law that acted contrary to the 10th Amendment.

          And on a side note, if you think the 10th Amendment has been corrupted by the Courts, just look at the enumerated powers, specifically the Commerce Clause–what a Kluster. Have a great day Mr. Bramage and always remember–MAGA-MF-er!

          Sincerely,

          Charles G.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            Thanks for the comment, Charles. Sorry, but you didn’t pass Leroy’s logic test for him, on his behalf. You both fail. The correct answer is: Trump is practicing extortion.

            No prize for you. But thanks for playing!

            Fuck Trump, now and forever!

          • Julian says:

            And for those states that think theyre slipping out of legalization like Texas, there exists equal protection under the 14th amendment. Have a nice day G.

    5. Miles says:

      I want to share this info with NORML members since it clearly demonstrates just how stupid and totally asinine it is to put cannabis into Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act. It is hard to believe that doing so ever had anything to do with any real danger. It was all about politics and it has done tremendous harm over the years.

      Schedule I drugs have the highest potential for abuse and “the potential to create psychological and/or physical dependence,” according to the DEA. That potential decreases with each subsequent schedule; i.e. That is to say that the higher numbers on the Schedule list are considered the least dangerous.

      Schedule I

      Considered drugs with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” They include marijuana, heroin, LSD, ecstasy, methaqualone and peyote.

      Schedule II

      These drugs are “also considered dangerous” with a high potential for abuse. They include Vicodin, cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, oxycodone, fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall and Ritalin

      Schedule III

      The DEA describes these drugs as having a “moderate to low potential for physical or psychological dependence.” They include products with less than 90 mm of codeine, ketamine, anabolic steroids and testosterone.

      Schedule IV

      These drugs are listed as having a low potential for abuse or dependence. They include Xanax, Soma, Darvon, Valium, Ativan and Ambien.

      Schedule V

      Basically, products that contain low levels of narcotics, such as cough syrup.

      – – –

      So, there you have it. In reality, the one the Feds don’t want to admit to, cannabis is less dangerous than those listed in Schedule V!!!

      • Brenton says:

        I say remove Peyote and Marijuana altogether. Psilocybin in it’s natural form as well. Ayahuasca too. Raw Opium. and that is about all the illegal plants, I think. If I am wrong, PLEASE correct me!

        • Dain Bramage says:

          Brenton, you are wrong.

        • Miles says:

          Brenton, I think you are absolutely correct!

          Adults should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they wish to use any drug. If it damages them or kills them, it is their decision.

          If it is legal to enter a boxing ring, then it is a no-brainer you should be able to smoke a joint or take an LSD trip if you compare the possible relative harms of each…

      • Brenton says:

        oh! Erythroxylum coca also!

    6. Miles says:

      To those of us living in the prohibitionist state of Virginia, please go out and vote for Elaine Luria on June 12th.

      I reached out to their campaign to inquire about Ms Luria’s opinion on the legalization of cannabis and she supports it!!!

      Let’s try to get her elected to Congress. The Gods all know we need more like her to overcome the evil dirtbags like Mitch McConnell and his ilk.

      • Scott B says:

        She won, so we have to get out and vote for her in Nov!
        https://elaineforcongress.com/meetelaine/

      • Jack Stinnett says:

        Miles,
        No, “we” don’t have to support her. Females should never be in a leadership position or position of authority.

        • Dain Bramage says:

          We’ll take HER over YOU, any day.

        • Evening Bud says:

          Jack, what small credibility you may have had evaporated quickly with your asinine (trolling) comments. Not only are you rabidly sexist, but also rabidly racist.

          You attack Native Americans with your Pocahontas comment, but are too stupid to understand the irony. They were HERE FIRST–you’re the immigrant, widget. Jack–doesn’t sound Native American to me–sounds like an immigrant name.

          Do you have your green card, Jack, or just here visiting? I think you’re a perfect candidate for a visit from ICE, Jack. Foreigner.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            Jack Stinnett is an immigrant, next to Elizabeth Warren! Hilarious!

            Maybe he’s only fifteen, and maybe we should rip him from his mommy, in accordance with Trump policy.

            Or maybe he’s sixty years old, and still a big, cruel baby, like Trump; I imagine, when he isn’t online spewing hate, he probably tortures cats and other small animals.

            In any case he doesn’t represent the views of the marijuana legalization community.

        • Evening Bud says:

          What’s wrong, Jack, did mommy quit breast feeding too soon?

        • Leroy says:

          Jack, thanks for showing up to balance things out. We now have a raging idiot from the right to counter the crowd of crazy liberals dominating NORML’s blog comments.

          While your trolling abilities are strong, but you come across as a child or possibly a senile old man with a loose screw.

          • Julian says:

            Proof, Leroy, that your goal is to polarize rather than to reform marijuana law. Do you use the ACT tab? Do you support any of the linked mj reform laws on this blog?

            • Leroy says:

              Proof of what now? SARCASM, Julian, SARCASM.

              I’m positive 9 out of 10 would know my comment was completely sarcastic at idiot-Jack’s expense, but here you go again being the one d1ckhead to pretend otherwise. Maybe your minions will pile on to get your back by claiming the obvious sarcastic tone in my comment was hard to grasp in plain text from my mobile, but we both know how that game goes.

          • Jack Stinnett says:

            Ok. Now, LE-roys get back to your chores or else you’ll get a lashing with a knotted plow line.

    7. ancient james says:

      America has been a house divided especially since around the time Richard Nixon declared “the war on drugs” in 1971, and so such a “war” has actually turned out to be a decades long attack on 20% or so of the American people.
      Strength in unity, and then again united we will stand.

    8. Mark Mitcham says:

      I hate Donald Trump more than I have the words to express it.

    9. Dain Bramage says:

      Nice try, people. Seriously. But Trump is nothing but a con man and a traitor, and extortion is his game. Republicans like Cory Gardner have his back all the way.

      This is not bi-partisanship, this is a set-up for another Republican screw-job.

      Everything Trump touches turns to shit. You can expect the same duplicity and betrayal to occur here.

      • Jack Stinnett says:

        Don’t forget Pocohantas Elizabeth Warren!!! Gardner and Warren are the authors. The neo-liberal ass-hats have lost their support and even Pocohantas realize it… somebody please give pelosi a calculator!

        • Dain Bramage says:

          Elizabeth Warren for President! Yeah!

        • Julian says:

          It’s “Pocahontas.” Or “Matoaka” or her married name, Rebecca Rolfe. If you are going to insult Powhatan’s people who saved the Puritans from digging up their loved ones and eating the dead you could at least spell it right.

          • Jack Stinnett says:

            Julian
            She’s a cunt so what’s the difference!

            • Julian says:

              The difference Jack is that a cunt is just a vulgar way to describe where we were all born from. Although you talk like you came out of the wrong hole.

            • Evening Bud says:

              Jack, you seem to be projecting here. Sorry that you have such a low opinion of your “birthing hole,” I mean your mother. Perhaps she should’ve considered abortion.

          • Dain Bramage says:

            The Trumpanzees go out of their way to be such monumental assholes, don’t they? I am amazed they ever get laid. If they ever do!

          • Jack Stinnett says:

            Her name is what I call her, period. Me Man her woman.

        • Miles says:

          Jack Stinnet – Racist / Idiot!!!

          • Jack Stinnett says:

            President Trump Making America Great Again and Draining the Swamp and Legalizing Marijuana.
            Thank you to all you Ass-Hats neo-liberals for your compliments.

          • Jack Stinnett says:

            President Trump Making America Great Again and Draining the Swamp and Building the Wall and Legalizing Marijuana.
            Thank you for the compliment. ??????

    10. Julian says:

      “Probably…”

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/trump-say-he-probably-will-support-bill-to-protect-states-that-have-legalized-marijuana/2018/06/08/23fe0884-6b24-11e8-bea7-c8eb28bc52b1_story.html

      Why is it when Trump says “probably” it makes us think he’s saying “I have to ask Papa Putin first…”

      Gardner and Republicans know marijuana is a major voter turn out issue. (Too late for Michigan, weren’t you GOPers?) That’s the major reason the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 exists: to supress Democratic turn out during elections… Especially midterms.

      It’s not clear what Trump knows except when he says “I know exactly what he’s (Gardner) is doing” we can rest assured the President’s cognitive dissonance is on overdrive. He doesn’t have a clue. He takes his orders from Putin and whoever shakes a dollar at one of his Trump Tower or hotel projects. When Trump says “probably” he’s fi$hing. “Koch Industries? Insys Therapuetics? CCA and Geo Group? Take a seat at my DC hotel or get in line at one of my golf resort porn holes and I will betray anyone for the highest bidder.”

      So Dr. Bronner’s? John Boehner? Cannabis Associations across America? Now is the time to go to Trump hotel and beat the auction. Because to Trump, that’s all this is. For those of you who think pissing off Sessions is Trump’s real motivation for not recusing himself from the Russia investigation remember Trump already got punked by Senators who refuse to nominate another AG.

      I suggest we keep focusing on Congress. Call this bluff right into midterm elections:

      Congressional hotline:
      202-244-3121

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