Four Legal Marijuana State Governors Urge Trump Administration to Give Legal Marijuana a Chance

By: Soft Secrets, July 24, 2017

The governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington are asking Attorney General Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to respect state marijuana laws.

The governing powers of the first four states to legalize marijuana in the United States fired a letter off to members of the Trump Administration earlier this week in hopes of preventing a federal crackdown on legal weed.

The letter, which was addressed to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asks the new administration to respect state pot laws by keeping in tune with the memo issued a few years ago by President Obama’s Justice Department allowing states to cultivate and sell marijuana as long as they adhere to certain rules.

“As governors of states that have legalized marijuana in some form, we ask the Trump Administration to engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems,” the letter signed by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Insle reads. “The balance struck by the 2013 Department of Justice Cole Memorandum (Cole Memo) has been indispensable ― providing the necessary framework for state regulatory programs centered on public safety and health protections.”

The governors’ letter goes on to ask Trump’s henchmen to give the concept of legalization a fair shot.

“We understand you and others in the administration have some concerns regarding marijuana,” the letter continues. “We sympathize, as many of us expressed apprehensions before our states adopted current laws. As governors, we have committed to implementing the will of our citizens and have worked cooperatively with our legislatures to establish robust regulatory structures that prioritize public health and public safety, reduce inequitable incarceration and expand our economies.”

Although the Trump administration has yet to reveal its master plan with respect to dealing with legal marijuana states, the recent comments from White House spokesman Sean Spicer, which suggest that federal law could be enforced, has caused much concern for those involved in the cannabis industry.

Governor Hickenlooper, who initially opposed marijuana legalization, told The Cannabist last week that he “would argue to the attorney general that the country has potential benefit to be able to see this experiment through to a natural conclusion.”

“Let’s go a couple more years and see and get more data and really see, “Are we worse off or better off than we were before?’” he added.

As it stands, twenty-eight states have legalized marijuana in some form, but the federal government has yet to follow suit. There are currently a handful of bill lingering in Congress that could legalize the leaf nationwide, putting an end to all of this potential crackdown business for good. However, Republican forces are simply not ready to support this level of reform.



Share this article Linkedin Pinterest

Read more


GOD ON HIGH Inside Colorado ‘s psychedelic Church of CANNABIS

By: Soft Secrets, July 26, 2017

GOD ON HIGH Inside Colorado ‘s psychedelic Church of CANNABIS where chilled-out worshippers smoke joints in the pews while listening to rock music IN...

— Read More

Donald Trump and His Advisers Discuss Replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions

By: Soft Secrets, July 26, 2017

Will the push to legalize cannabis be affected by Trump’s possible replacement of Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Donald Trump and his advisers are thinking...

— Read More

Denver Roofer Offering $500 in Free Weed If You Buy a New Roof

By: Soft Secrets, July 26, 2017

It only takes one hailstorm to see how competitive the roofing wars can get in Denver, with companies offering hundreds of dollars in gift...

— Read More
SoftSecrets nu ook online

Soft Secrets now also available online

High-profile interviews and current news. Items that strike you and images to inspire you. But also sections on beauty, fashion, food, TV, music, art and film.

All magazines

We use cookies to give you the best possible online experience. By agreement you allow us to use cookies as indicated in our cookies policy.