Federal government expects to crack down on marijuana
White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated today that he expects states to see “greater enforcement” of the federal law against recreational marijuana.
He added that while President Donald Trump “understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases, and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them,” that “recreational marijuana, that’s a very, very different subject.”
Alluding to a widening opiate crisis, Spicer stated, “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.”
Data indicates that opiate consumption is down in states where marijuana is legal both medically and recreationally.
He deferred to the Department of Justice when pressed for specifics concerning the increased enforcement.