Can Trump Be A Friend To The Pot Community?

If there are two things president-elect Donald Trump loves more than anything else, it’s fame and money. Trump’s international recognition a flashy billionaire is undisputed. Despite the obvious thrill he gets from antagonizing opponents, the truth is the Donald wants to be popular. And there is no more popular political issue today than marijuana legalization.

This year, Gallup’s 47 year-old poll on marijuana has shown a record 60% favorability for adult use recreational cannabis, a percentage of popular support that should make most politicians salivate in envy. In fact, several news stories have suggested that Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the country with a cool 54.7% favorability rating.

As Adam Bierman recently mentions on MSNBC:

“In November, the country elected a new president who promised to shake up Washington. At the same time, the cannabis industry took a giant leap forward with seven states voting yes to measures further legalizing marijuana. In total, California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine legalized recreational use, and Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas legalized medical use, bringing the total number of states with legal marijuana to 29.

The recent slate of successful marijuana-related measures at the state level could be viewed as a national referendum on cannabis. The “yes” votes cut across party lines and presidential candidates. Today, two-thirds of Americans live in states with legal access to cannabis.

California, the first to pass medical marijuana two decades ago, is arguably the most significant bellwether state in the evolution of cannabis. It is the country’s most populous state, the sixth largest economy in the world and a cultural trendsetter. California’s Proposition 64 legalizing adult use of marijuana passed with 57 percent of the votes.”

It’s The Economy, Guys!

As a businessman, Trump necessarily views things through a capitalist and market-based lens. The economic opportunity that comes along with a legal marijuana market, specifically the California market, coupled with enormously popular support which cuts across party lines, makes it unlikely the new administration will spend a great deal of time and effort to enforce cannabis prohibition in the coming years.

Marijuana legalization IS happening. Business is moving forward, albeit with complications and still-evolving systems of regulation. For those working in the cannabis world, it will be important to remain vigilant. We must push for sensible policies by supporting organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance, and staying informed of current events by attending events such as the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco on February 17th. Let’s remind the new President how many people in the business community – and in the country – love weed.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Eco terrorist, other terrorist not recognized by most, are criminally controlling and ruining the Good Hemp for criminal profit & gain. The U.S gov. pay’s ISIS to criminally control it & has for decades-! United Nations terrorist, Eco terrorist, like Big pharma, Monsanto, others, all supported against you the American People-! Wrong Way Worriers, false Flag terror chasers hunters, were working for these terrorist, as 9/11 terrorist also profiting every day by these Wrong Way Worriers planting this contaminated terrorist provided Hemp better known as KUSH or other none Medicinal Hemp-! that will never get you out of the room, much less the 9th floor, w/ your gene altered by terrorist hemp-! this crime herein goes back decades -! they stole your Flag this was 100% approved by the most Dangerous criminals running America -!

  2. One thing I don’t get is why I can’t snow a cigarette out side a hospital but I can stand behind people in movie Theater line that sticks of pot because prior to coming to that line they were smoking pot in the car I guess you can’t get contact high standing behind someone that stinks of pot

  3. People really think about it. How many people smoke weed before it was legal. Were did it come from. How much tax dollars for people in jail. Now it’s open job opportunity. Less for the Mexican cartels. And less people in jail for it. The taxes will be great for the economy. Cures and less depression for people. and less people dieing or getting hooked on pharmaceuticals. It will make a difference for this country.

  4. Don’t like pot don’t smoke it can’t stand the smell of cigarette smokers or smell in people who smoked pot then get a life & move over to china!!! Nobody’s forcing on anybody but by God If I can smoke pot legally in my home instead of taking 28 pills a day that don’t help with all my pains &diseases then I’m gonna keep smoking it & nobody likes it screw them. Once you’ve fought for your country & watch people die by your own hands and you’ve got ADHD ,poler & depression,anxiety,vertigo,arthritis in your back & both knees & all knuckles on your hands almost crippled up hands on a cane for rest of your life STOP talking shit about it being legalized across the county!

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