While the vaping industry is battling a possible nationwide flavor ban from the FDA, advocates of legalized marijuana are hitting the political jackpot this year. President Donald Trump is now announcing his support for a pro-weed bill co-authored by one of his most vocal arch enemies, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) of Pocahontas fame.
Hell hath frozen over.
And guess who is totally and absolutely against the legalization of marijuana in any form whatsoever? None other than the leader of Trump’s own Justice Department, the notorious Russiagate Recuser himself, Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Meanwhile, the AG is also – coincidentally - calling for an across-the-board crackdown on everything cannabis related.
The proposed piece of legislation that is leading to these strange goings-on is named the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act. If congress passes the bill, Trump promises to sign it. However, the STATES Act does not automatically implement sweeping legislation that makes marijuana use legal from coast to coast. What it does allow is for individual states to decide the matter for themselves.
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Now, many vapers might be asking themselves, “Aren’t the states already doing that? Aren’t there over twenty states that currently legalized marijuana to some degree, either for recreational use, medicinal purposes, or both?" The answer is a resounding yes. Technically, there are 29 states and the District of Columbia, which is almost 60 percent of the country, but who’s counting.
The trouble is that marijuana usage is still “technically” illegal according to federal law, but the Obama and now Trump Departments of Justice have simply been turning a blind eye. After all, why piss off over half the country when presidents can simply choose to ignore the problem entirely and hope that it goes away, right?
The Trump-Session Feud may be heading for a Colorado showdown
Numerous state senators and congressional representatives– from both sides of the aisle – are also lending their official endorsements to the STATES Act along with Donald Trump. One of the most controversial is Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, one of the very first states along with Washington to legalize marijuana for recreational use back in 2012.
Gardner wants a federal statute making cannabis legal nationwide, and he wants it bad…real bad. In fact, Gardner wants it so bad that he has threatened to block all federal judicial nominations until such a law is passed by congress and signed into law by Trump.
Meanwhile, AG Jeff Sessions is also heading to Colorado. He plans to hold a series of “discussions” with local law enforcement agencies in various southern districts to discuss the means in which police officers plan to arrest all of those pot-loving, weed-smoking anarchists in The Centennial State. Good luck with that.
So, where is all this going? No one knows for sure. Trump has been known to change his mind quite often, and other times he appears to have forgotten completely what he’s said in the past.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump hate each other and probably always will. And there is still the issue of Trump still being pissed at Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia investigation. If ever there were three people in Washington. DC, who need to smoke a big, fat dooby and chill out, it’s probably Trump, Sessions, and Warren.
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