How High is the Future of Marijuana?

Will Trump Mess it All Up or Let the States Decide?

Marijuana is at a pivotal point. Trump could leave the federal government out of it or step in and shut down everything. The choice Trump makes will easily be the number one factor on whether or not marijuana legalization will ever have a chance of reaching every state. The people of California voted for the recreational use of marijuana in the recent 2016 elections. California has the potential to be the largest marijuana producer in the world, creating thousands of jobs and bringing in billions in tax revenue.

The legalization “experiment” has largely worked in Colorado and if those findings hold true in California, we could have nationwide legalization in the next 5-10 years. It is becoming politically kosher to be associated with marijuana on the Left. The Right still thinks it’s the devil’s lettuce. For a majority of Americans, marijuana is just like alcohol and tobacco and for some it is actually their daily medicine. The exact science is limited at this point because of the laws around marijuana, but countries around the world have done some research and came to the conclusion that marijuana can treat or help manage a long list of conditions–everything from glaucoma and cancer to migraines and depression. The medical possibilities for marijuana could be endless with cross-breeding and modification, marijuana could be used to treat everything.

Trump doesnt talk about marijuana often but when he does, he tells Bill Maher to stop using it.

The trouble could come down to Trump’s pick for attorney general, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions. Who has said, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” He continued from there to say, “We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.”  That is terrifying to anyone associated with marijuana because Sen. Sessions could start up the failed drug war, making it larger than ever and possibly going after the states themselves.

Trump may be able to redeem himself. He told Bill O’Reilly, “I have to see what the medical effects are and, by the way — medical marijuana, medical? I’m in favor of it a hundred percent.” So it may come down to marijuana being sold for little things like headaches and sore muscles all the way up to major things like cancer and AIDs. We will just have to wait and see what Trump decides to do because if he wants to study the medical effects, he will have to reclassify it and that is the first step to legalization.