With just a few sentences Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sent shockwaves through the legal recreational marijuana industry when asked about the Trump administration’s attitude toward the drug.
“There’s two distinct issues here, there is medical marijuana, and recreational marijuana,” Spicer explained. He said President Trump supports medical marijuana but when it comes to recreational, “I think that’s a question for the Justice Department. I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it.”
When Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational pot, the Obama administration chose to leave them alone. In 2013, the Justice Department release the Cole Memo, addressed to all U.S. attorneys, which basically told them to take a hands-off approach to legalization for the time being.
The memo said in part, “In jurisdictions that have enacted laws legalizing marijuana in some form … conduct in compliance with those laws and regulations is less likely to threaten the federal priorities.”
That was despite the fact that marijuana was, and still is, classified as a Schedule 1 illegal substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency –…