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MPP's Rob Kampia Responds to White House Comments

MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia just published a new article at the Huffington Post in response to recent comments by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sparked a flurry of media coverage last Thursday, February 23, when he uttered approximately 320 words about federal marijuana enforcement.

He did not articulate any new policy positions for the administration, which was good, because Donald Trump entered the White House with the best position on marijuana policy of any incoming president in modern history. Most notably, he has repeatedly said that states should be able to establish their own marijuana policies, without contradiction. He has also expressed support for legal access to medical marijuana, which Spicer mentioned.

Nevertheless, several media outlets leapt to the conclusion that the federal government is surely planning an all-out assault on state marijuana laws. I was also surprised to see that allies within the marijuana policy reform movement were also contriving a fight where none exists. According to a hyperbolic statement from one allied organization, “Spicer declared war on much of the cannabis community yesterday when he announced the Trump administration intends to engage in the ‘greater enforcement’ of federal anti-marijuana laws.”

But Spicer did not “declare” anything. He was not proactively announcing a prepared, written policy on behalf of the Trump administration. Quite the opposite, he was reactively offering an impromptu, oral opinion on behalf of himself. Those are important distinctions.

You can read the rest of the article here.

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WE THE PEOPLE: 12 Marijuana Policy Petitions on the White House Website You Should Sign Right Now!


"When I ran for this office, I pledged to make government more open and accountable to its citizens. That’s what the new We the People feature on WhiteHouse.gov is all about – giving Americans a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most to them." - President Barack Obama
The White House recently announced We the People, where individuals can create and sign petitions seeking action from the federal government. If a petition gathers 5,000 signatures, White House staff will review it, send it to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response. Once you have registered on the White House We the People page, you can vote for as many petitions as you'd like.

Here are 12 marijuana policy related petitions currently on the White House We the People petition page:

  1. Give States the Freedom to Establish Their Own Marijuana Laws.
  2. Stop denying the medical value of cannabis (marijuana.) Remove it from schedule one of the controlled substances act.
  3. Release all known beneficial information regarding cannabis (hemp, marijuana) and its derivatives.
  4. End the destructive, wasteful and counterproductive "War on Drugs".
  5. Remove Marijuana from the Schedule 1 list of drugs in the Controlled Substances Act.
  6. Allow United States Disabled Military Veterans access to medical marijuana to treat their PTSD.
  7. Eliminate or Reform Departments whose Officers are Required by Law to Lie to the American People.
  8. Pardon Marc Emery.
  9. Allow Industrial Hemp to be Grown in the U.S. Once Again.
  10. Stop Interfering With State Marijuana Legalization Efforts.
  11. Legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana.
  12. Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol.
The White House plans to respond to each petition that crosses the 5,000 signature threshold. Please share this list of petitions with everyone you know, especially on Twitter and Facebook. Also, we know we missed a few petitions, so please add them in the comments below.

To donate, please visit https://www.mpp.org/donate

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