A new year. A new president. And Coloradans are asking: with Donald Trump in the White House, what’s going to happen to the marijuana industry?
Back in the 1990s, Donald said he believed that legalizing all drugs was the only way to win the War on Drugs, because doing so would cut the profits of drug czars. On the campaign trail last year and this year, he struck a different tone. In an interview with the Washington Post in October last year, he voiced his belief that medical marijuana was something to definitely keep, 100 percent. As far as recreational, however, he did not support it outright. In that interview, he said that he thought it should be left up to the states, echoing his previous comments in June of that year that marijuana was bad but the states should be allowed to decide.
But despite Trump’s relative ambivalence regarding marijuana, there is still cause for marijuana enthusiasts to worry. Based on Trump’s appointment, there may be real efforts to limit states’ rights regarding the plant. The President-elect has tapped Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Sessions is well-known for his ardent opposition to marijuana, both medical and recreational. He once referred to it as “a very real danger” that “ought not to be minimized.” As the head honcho of the DEA, FBI and U.S. attorneys, Sessions could prove a powerful opponent for the many states that have legalized.
Will it happen? It’s hard to say. But it will be an interesting debate to watch over the next few years.