What’s Next with President Elect?
In the aftermath of one of the nation’s most exciting elections for cannabis, many advocates and patients are now once again on the edge of their seats with fear and anxiety about what is to come next when President-Elect Donald Trump takes office next year. With 28 states having legal medical marijuana programs and 8 states having a retail market in place or legalized and on the way for adults over the age of 21, there is a lot on the line, to say the least. Let’s take a look at the current issues surrounding the industry and how the next President could bring it all tumbling down.
The Current Issue
Aside from confusing laws and banking complications, the biggest issue that cannabis business owners are facing in the United States cannabis industry today is the fact that each and every cannabis business whether it is in a legal cannabis state or not is operating illegally according to federal law. This means that at any time the federal government could utilize their funds as well as their power to try and eradicate the existing industry. While they may not be able to successfully reverse the laws put in place by states currently they could legally arrest every cannabis business owner and take their businesses, their products, their belongings including their homes and pretty much anything else that they would want to and never have to give it back through what is known as civil asset forfeiture.
Donald’s View on Cannabis Legalization
The comments that Donald Trump has made in regards to his views on cannabis legalization during his campaign trail and throughout his history as a businessman conflict with one another. For many years he held a strong standpoint opposing cannabis legalization of any kind. During his campaign, though he stated that he was in full support of medical marijuana legalization and supported the state’s right to choose to legalize on their own terms if they so desired to. This leaves many medical marijuana patients and cannabis activists who have devoted their life to reforming the draconian laws surrounding cannabis a little nervous and on the edge of their seats.
Jeff Sessions Could Mean Bad News for the U.S. Cannabis Industry
What has people even more nervous at this point in time is the fact that last week President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would be appointing Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General of the United States. Jeff Sessions for a long time and still to this day holds a strong standpoint in opposition to cannabis legalization and has often expressed that if given the chance would utilize his power to reverse the progress made by over half of the state in the United States.
Who Truly Has the Last Say
While the general attorney may be able to approve federal funding to attack the cannabis industry currently in place if you take a closer look at the laws in the United States regarding how this process would have to unfold you will quickly see that neither the President nor the Attorney General has the last say. Luckily for any of these negative actions to take place approval would have to be granted by members of Congress which luckily has already expressed that they would not allow such actions to take place if initiatives were put in front of them seeking to do so.
So once again the question on the many people’s mind is what now? At this point, it is hard to say. It is somewhat comforting to know that Congress can oppose these actions however as we have learned repetitively throughout history, you can never trust a politician and that is exactly why so many individuals are scared senseless thinking about what’s to come next.