Three steps forward … and one potential “Yuge” step back. Dazed and confused by the 2016 Election Day results, the 420-world rejoices over this week’s winning recreational ballot measures; unfortunately for many, that joy was tempered by Trump’s surprising victory.
High on the list of concerns are President-elect Donald Trump’s potential cabinet picks, according to CBS news.
During the campaign, Trump argued that marijuana legalization should be decided on a state-by-state basis, without being more specific. But in addition to the vice president-elect, some of Trump’s closest advisers, such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, are no “friends of marijuana reform.”
Displaying his own special brand of loathing and twisted logic during the Republican National Convention, Rudy Giuliani went on a pro-police tirade to rally the troops.
“It’s time to make America safe again … What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America.”
And that’s pretty much the problem.
Trump’s Team On Marijuana
In 2001, the year Giuliani left office, the NYPD was arresting roughly 1,100 individuals for simple marijuana possession – every seven days. Antagonistic in nature, these thuggish policies escalated New York City’s annual arrest rate from 1,450 under Mayor Dinkins to 41,521 under Mayor Giuliani. Empowering a new breed of police brutality, this policy ultimately dehumanized all it touched.
Causing concern when Chris Christie was first tapped to head up the Trump transition team, Mike Pence has just been chosen to replace him. Notorious for calling marijuana-generated tax revenue “blood money,” Pence makes Christie look like a cheerleader for legalization by comparison. Governor Mike Pence was heavily criticized by the ACLU when he “signed a bill into law that would allow anyone to use their religious beliefs to claim that they have a right to refuse to follow anti-discrimination protections and other laws.” Not only did Pence vote against HB 1006 in 2013, he urged fellow legislators to increase marijuana possession to allow a class B misdemeanor — an offense that would carry a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail for those caught with even the smallest amount of pot.
Asked during the town hall meeting form of the presidential debates whether he “supported drug legalization,” Trump answered in his uniquely incoherent away.
TRUMP: I think that as far as drug legalization, we talk about marijuana, and in terms of medical, I think I am basically for that. I’ve heard some wonderful things in terms of medical. I’m watching Colorado very carefully to see what’s happening out there. I’m getting some very negative reports, I’m getting some okay reports. But I’m getting some very negative reports coming out of Colorado as to what’s happening … so we’ll see what happens.
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
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