Candidates tend to make bold promises to get into office, then they break those promises. Duh. Whether you agree with him or not, President Donald J. Trump has kept an awful lot of his promises so far. He's working to complete his promises on immigration, Obamacare repeal and tax reform while also completing a promise to nominate a strong constitutionalists to the judicial branch (Neil Gorsuch, anyone?). Yet when it comes to lower-profile yet critically important issues such as medical marijuana, President Trump's own Justice Department has been actively undermining candidate Trump's numerous, clear promises to respect the right of states to pass laws that allow for it.
This is important.
Candidate Trump was always very clear in his many promises on medical marijuana. In October of 2015, Trump said at a rally in Nevada "the marijuana thing is such a big thing. I think medical should happen" and then on a Michigan radio station in March of 2016 he said "I think that it should be up to the states." Trump even went on Fox News during the campaign and said of medical marijuana "I'm in favor of it a hundred percent." Trump's support for medical marijuana was unequivocal and considered to be a solemn promise to the voters who put him in office.
And then came Attorney General Jeff Sessions with his strange mantra. You know the one: "Goot peuhpul don' smoke murrijuana...."
On June 12, 2017 MassRoots published an excerpt from a Sessions letter to Congress demanding that Congressional leaders not include a planned provision in the appropriations bill to prevent the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. Sessions wrote to the Congressional leadership:
"I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the (DOJ) to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime. The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives."
Since 2014, Congress has included the so called "Rohrabacher-Farr," (now known as "Rohrabacher-Blumenauer") rule in appropriations bills which would defund the ability of the Justice Department to use federal power to usurp state laws allowing medical marijuana use, distribution, possession or cultivation.