Trump Tuesday: Trump on cannabis — what happened in the first year

On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential election. That same day, voters in California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine legalized marijuana for recreational use, and voters in Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Montana approved medical marijuana initiatives. For supporters of marijuana, Election Day was bittersweet; the overall success of marijuana ballot initiatives was undercut by a potentially hostile new administration.

Now that we have a year’s worth of Trump administration comments and action on cannabis, it’s a good time for us to access where things are with this administration.

1. Trump Changed His Tune Before Becoming President  

Donald Trump has been a wildcard on marijuana, having made statements on every side of the issue. In 1990, Trump told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that US drug enforcement efforts were “a joke” and advocated for legalizing all drugs to “take the profit away from these drug czars.” During his...

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