Now, I don’t want to claim that I believe the President of the United States is poring over my own personal opinions with a fine-toothed comb, but I am glad to say that the idea of legal marijuana is getting some play in the West Wing.
Yesterday, our neighbors to the north in the great Canadian wilderness voted to legalize marijuana throughout the nation, becoming the first G7 nation to do so in modern history.
The upper chamber Senate voted 56 to 30 in favour of new rules on Thursday, but also included amendments the House of Commons will need to decide on before the law can be passed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party pledged to legalise recreational use of marijuana during their successful 2015 general election campaign.
Despite Trudeau’s liberal leanings, we mustn’t think of legal marijuana on partisan lines, however. It is important to remember that the plant has been a proven economic and social boom for locales such as Colorado and Washington State, where tax revenue and a massive decrease in opioid overdoses are just the icing on the cake of legal weed.
Now, not to be outdone by the Canucks, it looks as though savvy businessman and Citizen President Donald Trump is getting on board with the timely recreational revolution.
President Trump said he likely will support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana, a major step that would reshape the pot industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown.
Trump’s remarks put him sharply at odds with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on the issue. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalization unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.
Trump made his comments to a gaggle of reporters Friday morning just before he boarded a helicopter on his way to the G-7 summit in Canada. His remarks came the day after the bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed their measure.
One of the lead sponsors is Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is aligned with Trump on several issues but recently has tangled with the administration over the Justice Department’s threatened crackdowns on marijuana.
The sheer economic power of legal, recreational marijuana could be a transformative experience for Americans, whose strengths in ingenuity and hard work would certainly create the most powerful marijuana industry the world has ever seen.
Just think about it: Who farms better than the United States? The answer is no one. If we were suddenly given the ability to grow green gold, can you imagine the prosperity that we would usher in to this nation?
Not to mention that this feather in the cap would undoubtedly be one of the boldest economic moves that any American President could ever make…