Incoming Vice President Mike Pence is being formally urged to respect the rights of states like California, which have legalized medical and recreational marijuana.
The national chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) recently sent a letter to Pence expressing concern over the cabinet appointments of President-elect Donald Trump. His choice for attorney general, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, is especially alarming because the nominee has said things like, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
While Trump has vowed to support states’ rights when it comes to cannabis, NORML says Sessions’ appointment sure doesn’t bode well for that stance. “The administration is currently sending mixed messages in regards to the future of marijuana law reform under the incoming administration,” the organization said in a statement.
The letter to Pence says, “American drug policy is at an important crossroads.” It asks “for clarity regarding the new administration’s plans.”
“Voters are less and less convinced that cannabis is a criminal problem and no longer want their hard earned tax dollars used to arrest and prosecute non-violent consumers or entrepreneurs and employees of state licensed cannabis businesses,” it says.
“Voters recognize that local resources should be devoted to addressing crimes that adversely affect their communities ranging from burglars and identity thieves to murderers and terrorists. Now more than ever, Americans want law enforcement officers to focus on issues that are truly a threat to public safety, not enforce the outdated prohibition of marijuana at the cost to responsible citizens and businesses.”