Donald Trump being one of the frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination means we have to consider a world where he is President of the United States. This means he could someday have a major impact on the course of marijuana law reform.
This can be scary thought, on many levels. But Trump seems willing to bend to the prevailing winds when it comes to cannabis; for all his talk about being above the fray when it comes to financing his campaign, he has to be very much in the fray when it comes to votes.
"In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state," Trump recently said during a campaign stop in Nevada, a state that will vote on recreational legalization next year.
Not that Trump is happy with the idea.
"If they vote for it, they vote for it," Trump said at a conference held in June of this year. "But, you know, they have got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado. Some big problems."
This is a typical Trump comment, asinine and not backed up by any facts or figures. But Trump is a big picture guy, and the big picture he sees tells him to steer clear of the cannabis issue. He doesn’t want to spend any time or political capital on it, so the easiest thing to do is make it a state problem.
It’s also the easiest thing for cannabis activists. Sure, we’d love Tommy Chong to be President and weed be free for everyone, man, but the best we can hope for in a practical sense is a president who will back off. Let the states decide on legalization for themselves and when the U.S. Congress passes a bit of federal reform, sign it and move on with your day.
That’s likely what we would get with a Trump Administration in the realm of cannabis. On all the other issues? Well, you’ll have to decide just how scary the Trumpster is to you.