Just hours after the Quinnipiac poll was released, revealing that most Americans are in favor of medical marijuana – President Trump’s press secretary said he was too.
Up until last week, there was a lot of uncertainty as to where the new Trump administration stands on marijuana reform. Last Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer revealed a lot with comments he made to reporters at his briefing. For the first time, Spicer said the White House is aware of the medical uses for marijuana.
On the other side of the cannabis coin stands recreational cannabis, and Spicer made it clear that they are not as thrilled with the recreational, adult-use cannabis market.
From the podium of the West Wing, Spicer had this to say about medical marijuana:
“The president understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing, especially terminal diseases, and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them…”
“There is still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature…” He went on to add that he believes Americans will ‘see greater enforcement’ on recreational marijuana because there’s a ‘big difference’ between medical and recreational use.
It’s interesting to note that Spicer made the comments immediately following the new national poll taken by Quinnipiac University that revealed that most Americans are in favor of marijuana, and Republicans are out of step with the issue. According to the polling data, a whopping 93 percent of voters support legalized marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor.
The title of the study’s findings is: ‘REPUBLICANS OUT OF STEP WITH U.S. VOTERS ON KEY ISSUES, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL FINDS; MOST VOTERS SUPPORT LEGALIZED MARIJUANA’
While his comments throw the Republican administration’s support behind medical marijuana for the first time, the GOP base remains behind the new marijuana times on both medical and recreational marijuana.
An updated title for their findings could be: ‘WHITE HOUSE REPUBLICANS IN STEP WITH U.S. VOTERS ON KEY ISSUES, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL FINDS; MOST VOTERS SUPPORT LEGALIZED MEDICAL MARIJUANA’.
No love for recreational cannabis
Republicans, including the President, remain out of step with America when it comes to recreational cannabis. A majority – 59 percent – of everyone polled believes that marijuana use should be made legal in the U.S.
The poll finds 61 percent of Republicans, and about half of voters over the age of 65 are opposed to legalized marijuana. Every other party, gender, education, age, and racial group listed supports legalized marijuana.
The poll also finds, across the board, that a majority of the voters support state’s rights on marijuana. The poll finds that 71 percent agree – the government should not enforce federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use.
Just over half of the Republicans oppose federal action against states with medical or recreational reforms, at 55 percent. A significant amount, 80 percent, of Democrats agree.
Republicans views on legalization of cannabis remains at odds with most other demographics. Spicer’s comments bring the Republican White House at odds with their Republican base when it comes to medical marijuana.
The poll still proves anti-legalization Republicans are out of step with America when it comes to recreational marijuana.
Misleading title. Everything the trump admin has done points to a new drug war to erode civil rights, imprison more Americans and confiscate their property.
Kinda like Democrats wanna do with guns. Stop taking political sides. I’m 24. And I fully support legal marijuana. Period. 100% legal. Just like alcohol. If caught transferring or selling to a minor. 3yrs. Minimum. If granted access by a doctor. Any age is legal to use. Simple. Fool proof. Everybody makes money. Everybody wins. Keep it grassroots and don’t allow tobacco companies to acquire anything for profit. They killed enough people with cigarettes. Conservatives hate it because liberals idolize it. I don’t care who’s political dick you suck, focus on the goal. Not the bullshit. Jackass
Nice late winter article, Chloe Sommers. Today (Mon. 2/27/17), the Associated Press quoted the first public statements on this subject from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This notorious Alabama marijuana hater is hesitant to launch a major campaign against recreational use at the federal level, clearly endorsing states’ rights, even though he views legalization by more states as a poor choice. Plus, the governors and/or attorneys general in Colorado and Washington have made it abundantly clear to Sessions that they are prepared to fight any new federal crackdown in court, virtually guaranteeing high costs to taxpayers (a major contradiction of the administration’s small-government mantra).
I personally am a republican and I vote,
but as lung disease and seizures rule my
life and drug side effects rule my sleep.
I live in Missouri and I can’t believe that
we can decriminalized pot we can’t stop
prosecutors here from dishing out 18 yr
sentences like they did me for poss. of
one joint not more than 1 gram! We can
only vote on this issue. Yeah I put it on
here correct 1 st offense 18 yrs! Just
remind these people we put them in office
we can vote them out as easy as they got
in! When does Big government stop and
the right to control what our bodies have
in them? Why would they want to spend
60000$ a year to house and feed me for
a non violent 1st offense? And why do we
pay these elected people to do this to us?
I am white and in my late 40’s so color has
nothing to do with this issue. When does
a person say Why do I have a pill to stop
puking a pill to settle my stomach on top
of that a pill for anxiety a pill for
depression and one to make me sleep, 14 in
all. And one joint fixes the bulk of my pain
and all of the rest of the problems! I have
med. insurance and why should I have
to move to a legal state when my doctor
says here is your script and all of the side
effects? And the man was 3 days older than
me,told me “if I see you next month”I asked
Why whats wrong? He says if you are here!
Well lets give them a job where they are
exposed to chemicals Make sure they get both lungs full and not in an air controlled
building! Our city prosecutor needs a reality
check!(and fired) I don’t know anyone
who sets out to plot a crime on pot unless
a late night fridge raid is a crime. The crime
is that the politicians are not in the same
boat and of they are they can afford to
move to a legal state and pay someone
to go to a cafe to get the correct meds for
them. I challenge them to a seizure contest
and we will see who feels better after it is over, they get pills from their doctor and
I get pot from the earth.Any takers? Anyone?Bueller? I love life my wife and
kids and cant stand it when they see me
wasting away and there is help in a plant
they made illegal! Well thank you for being
strong enough to tell them this is silly!
Seriously this narrow minded thinking has got to stop and the healing process needs
a fresh look outside of the box they knew
would put good people caught between illness and them in prison,Hell The Hemp rope industry was put out of bussiness
thanks to this form of gaining money for
our communities! You would think ok
make it legal and stop people from exporting
our money.Make them see the hundred
billion dollars we spend as a nation on it annually! signed Rick S. backwards Missouri
The real issue is all these people from the new administration are nothing but money hungry vampires who want every single penny for their companies and families.
They WILL try their best to go against cannabis in all ways. As we all open minded people know cannabis helps with several health conditions so if they make cannabis fully legal good bye to their horrendously enormous profits, people would just have cannabis plants at home or will buy it in a store, cannabis is weed and it can grow anywhere, people would stop paying high prices for their chemical medicine (the real poisons) God made cannabis a weed so that it spreads over the earth easy and to help the world against diseases, stress, pain, etc……..Cannabis has other uses too, not related to medical or recreational…….BUT GREEDY MEN, imposed laws and defamed cannabis to maintain people slaves to pay them for their medicine (chemical poisons).
Soon they will start new campaigns to defame cannabis even further and most people will allow them to brain wash them….. it is a whole round business manipulated by the millionaires who own big companies and become politicians to impose laws to protect themselves and their private companies or investments, they don’t care about the wellness or happiness of the rest of the world. We are all doomed.
Trump is a business man, there is big moneyfor all involved.
Think about it small minds!
Cannabis God’s medicine there’s no reason for this plant to be illegal for anyone who needs it or wants to use it recreational as long as you’re 18 or older. I’d rather see people using cannabis it’s to use alcohol that kills people everyday. And especially tobacco
Chris, you need to change your reporting from using the “Demon” word marijuana to cannibus unless it quote or source. I know it’s hard to do, but calling it what it is instead of what is was might be able to get people to think different.
Cannabis is illegal because as Mr. Trump said of his opponent, “The fix is in!”
There was & still it’s true, no honest reason to prohibit cannabis. Not a one. Except for kids of course unless there is a medical issue. Parents of kids that need the medicine cannabis provides can be given canna oil.
Why can’t lawmakers remember that prohibitions don’t work…????
Adults should be left to their own discretion. Cannabis needs to be free from all controls for adults because it is a medicinal herb, not a dangerous synthetic or over processed drug like coke, meth or heroin.
Though not an R I am conservative & freedom lover. I soon to be 69. Made it through the 60’s addiction free & I intend to go out that way in the next 20-30 years. 😉 I am as you can tell, also an optimist.
medMUser aka SamFox