White House May Ramp Up Recreational Marijuana Law Enforcement

A White House spokesperson announced Thursday Trump’s administration may boost enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana use. This decision could lead to conflicts in states where marijuana is legal.

Medical or recreational use of marijuana is currently legal in more than two dozen states. Sean Spicer’s comments came after a nationwide poll from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, revealed 71 percent of registered voters favored allowing states to decide whether marijuana should be legal.

“I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer said at a news conference. “Because again there’s a big difference between the medical use … that’s very different than the recreational use, which is something the Department of Justice will be further looking into.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a long time anti-drug campaigner. His spokesman declined to comment on the issue.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but it has been legalized for recreational use in eight states, including Washington, Colorado and California, as well as the District of Columbia. In 2016, legal sales reached $7 billion and generated half a billion dollars in sales taxes.

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