A new drug war?

The incoming Trump administration would be opening another division in the country if it decided to restart the federal war on marijuana. But creating division seems to be a Donald Trump specialty and we would not be totally surprised to see federal agents once again cracking down on marijuana outlets that have been legalized in numerous states.

Trump has been less than clear in what he thinks about marijuana legalization, but his planned nominee for U.S. attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, is clearly an opponent.

“It is false that marijuana use doesn’t lead people to more drug use,” Sessions said in a recent speech. “It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal.”

For Oregon's marijuana entrepreneurs, there is strength in numbers, not just within the state, but nationally. Marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law, but state after state has reduced or dropped pot prohibitions. In the same election that brought Trump to power, voters approved eight of nine major initiatives to legalize recreational or medical marijuana.

That means if the feds crack down, they would be taking on about half of the states. That would be a lot of federal agent and local officer time spent pursuing citizens who are following the laws of their state.

But the Trump administration seems intent on changing the cultural climate as well as the political climate. We should expect that at least some skirmishes in that cultural war will involve marijuana.


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