Republicans Seek Federal Overreach on Marijuana

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“The Trump administration hinted yesterday of a forthcoming federal crackdown in the eight states that have elected to regulate their marijuana markets,”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer: “I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people (by regulating the adult use of marijuana).”

“Yet even a cursory look at the available evidence finds Spicer’s concerns to be misplaced and his allegations to be dead wrong.”

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, in a letter to Trump, called Spicer’s assertions “grossly misinformed” and the federal policy on marijuana use “draconian and prohibitionist.”

“The government must not strip the legal and publicly-supported industry of its business, and hand it back to drug cartels and criminals,” said Newsom, adding “marijuana is nothing like an opioid.”

 

 

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