Illinois: Democrats Demand Trump Clarify Stance On Medical Marijuana
By Derrick Stanley
An Illinois state Democrat is asking the Trump administration for greater clarity on whether they will be opponents to state laws legalizing marijuana.
Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerich sent a letter to President Donald Trump Monday criticizing the administration for teasing a crackdown on states with legal marijuana but giving no follow-up details on their plans. The Chicago Tribune reports that the legal future for medical patients and businesses involved in the marijuana industry is uncertain due to the absence of an official position on both recreational and medical marijuana.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during a press conference on February 23 that the Department of Justice is likely going to increase enforcement efforts of federal law.
“If the Trump administration seeks greater enforcement, then it should clearly define what this means so hard-working people in Illinois can make informed decisions,” Frerich said in the letter. “Vague statements undermining medical marijuana violate commonsense and only serve to hurt the people who have pursed this treatment as a last resort.”
Sessions claimed Feb. 27 there is “more violence around marijuana” than people are generally aware. He went so far as to dismiss research showing marijuana can help aid opioid addiction and serve as an alternative painkiller for patients with chronic pain.
The marijuana industry could lose hundreds of thousand of jobs if Sessions and the Trump administration move to interfere with state marijuana laws. The marijuana market is expected to create more than 250,000 jobs by 2020 if it not impeded, according to a report released in February by New Frontier Data