Trump and marijuana

Trump and marijuana
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The legalisation of marijuana became a hot-button issue in this US election campaign How will plans to legalise the drug fare in a Trump presidency?


The legalisation of marijuana became a hot-button issue in this US election campaign.

How will plans to legalise the drug fare under Donald Trump as president?

The situation

  • Recreational use is currently legal in four states
  • Varying forms of medical use are allowed in 24 states
  • Legalisation appeared on the ballot paper in nine states

Trump on the stump

In 1990, Trump said he favoured legalising all drugs.

Recently, however, he has said he opposes legalising and regulating marijuana for adult use.

He supports legal access to marijuana and believes states should set their own policies regarding adult use.

The Trump campaign has not taken a definitive stance on the issue.

The Marijuana Policy Project has given him a C+ rating for his stance.

Trump’s flip-flops

In 1990, Trump proclaimed “the US needs to legalise drugs to “win the war on drugs”.

He has recently spoken out in support of medical use.

“I think medical should happen – right? Don’t we agree? And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”

However, he has not explicitly called for legalisation.

Addtionally, Trump’s running-mate Mike Pence is against legalisation.

His state, Indiana, has some of the harshest marijuana-sentencing laws.

The Euronews verdict

Without a clear stance on marijuana legislation for medical or recreational use, it is difficult to predict what Trump’s policy will be in the future.

As with so much about his upcoming presidency, we will have to wait and see.

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