Recreational cannabis users’ worst fears about the Trump administration may become real very soon.
During White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing Thursday, he suggested that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will take action to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized recreational use.
“I do think you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer told the assembled reporters.. “The Department of Justice, I think, will be further looking into [the issue]. I believe they are going to continue to enforce the laws on the books with respect to recreational marijuana.”
During the Obama administration, the DOJ ignored enforcement of federal cannabis laws in states with legal medical or recreational marijuana, as long as the states followed some guidelines explained in a DOJ memo. During those years, more than half of U.S. states have liberalized their own laws.
Cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug according to federal law, meaning it has high potential for addiction and abuse. Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, meth and LSD.