White House press secretary Sean Spicer has delivered perhaps the most inauspicious news yet from President Trump’s young administration to the legal cannabis movement.
During a press conference on Thurs., Feb. 24, Spicer said he believes the U.S. Department of Justice will employ “greater enforcement” of federal law on marijuana.
Spicer said that Trump thinks there is a “a big difference” between marijuana for medicinal purposes and for recreational enjoyment.
“The president 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,” Spicer said to reporters.
He added that states who have legalized cannabis for recreational use is “something the Department of Justice, I think, will be further looking into.”
The cannabis industry has reacted with alarm and disappointment, especially considering prior signs pointed towards Trump leaving cannabis laws up to the state.
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