MPP’s Rob Kampia Responds to White House Comments

Mar 01, 2017 , , , , , ,


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.


2 responses to “MPP’s Rob Kampia Responds to White House Comments”

  1. your not looking at the 3 president executive orders issue feb 9 , they state the attacks on ‘ other groups ” any illegal drugs as to federal law ,

  2. Actually hope he does go “all rambo”.
    Maybe that will get congress of their butts and de-schedule or reschedule to Sched. 5, where Marinol is located.
    28 states +DC now, and too big to ignore.
    Next fight is to make CRMLA act as it was passed.
    No more testing for metabolites, or scare the cr^p out of them and say “fine, metabolite testing for alcohol then.”

    Sure, it’s rec legal in a handful of states, mine included.
    But not really legal if you want to keep your job or drive within a week of your last toke.

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