When Jeff Sessions announced his intention to rescind the Cole Memo, a Department of Justice policy telling prosecutors to leave legal marijuana states alone, many wondered what President Trump’s response would be. The president had seemingly supported marijuana on the campaign trail, saying he thought it should be left up to the states. But in the aftermath of Sessions’ decision, he seems to have backtracked from that position.
In a press conference yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about President Trump’s opinion on Sessions’ decision. She responded that the president approved.
“The president believes in enforcing federal law — that’s his top priority — regardless of what the topic is, whether it’s marijuana or immigration.” Sanders said.
Of course, that position contradicts statements made by candidate Trump in 2016. On the campaign trail, Trump often said he thought medical marijuana wasn’t that bad and the issue should be left up to the states and voters.
But since taking office and appointing Sessions as Attorney General, Trump’s been silent on the issue of marijuana. The only time he’s ever acknowledged marijuana was in May 2017, when he note (in a statement) that a spending bill he helped pass included a provision that prevented the DOJ from prosecuting medical marijuana cases in places where it’s legal.
So either Trump lied about protecting marijuana laws and actually wants to crackdown or he just doesn’t care about the issue and is just letting Sessions do whatever he wants.