Some folks are convinced President-elect Donald Trump is effectively legalizing marijuana by leaving the states in charge of their own cannabis laws. Americans woke-up on New Year’s morning to a “Hollyweed” sign on Hollywood Hills.
The Hollywood sign briefly became “Hollyweed” on New Year’s Eve. Some are taking the prankster’s sign alteration as a sign that 2017 is the year weed will be legalized in the US
The Santa Monica Observer speculates that Donald Trump, the bringer of change (as he calls himself), might just be capable of doing it.
Ten good reasons why Trump could legalize marijuana:
- Because he said so. He told Fox News he is 100% in favor of medical marijuana. Then asked: “Medical?”
- Trump campaigned the fact that he is all for State rights. According to the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, all power not reserved by Federal Government reverts to the states. This would mean the 22 states currently prohibiting medical and recreational cannabis can keep doing so even if the Federal Government lifts the ban.
- Already 28 states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized some use of cannabis and would be unaffected.
- When California legalized marijuana, it instantly became the biggest market in the US. Trump will want to be re-elected in 2020, and to gain the support of the state with the most votes, all he has to do is legalize weed.
- More than anything, Donald Trump is also a businessman, and cannabis is big business. The amount of revenue gained from taxes on sales of marijuana would be irresistible to him.
- This tax revenue and the money saved by law enforcement gained from legalizing marijuana could be the solution Trump’s looking for to fund his trillion-dollar infrastructure proposals.
- Cannabis is as American as the Chevy, baseball and apple pie, and Trump is also ultimately a populist. 57% of US adults are for cannabis being legalized and only 37% are actually against it. A decade ago these opinions were reversed. 89% of Americans now support medical marijuana, according to Quinnipiac University polling. In other words, marijuana is more popular than Trump and Hillary together.
- Those who are afraid of Donald Trump’s chosen Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, can ask themselves, who is Jeff Sessions working for? If he wants to keep his job, he must do as Trump says, whether he likes people who smoke weed or not.
- Perhaps Trump’s kids will decide, and they all look like they have some history of experimenting with illegal substances in their college years. Ivanka has already spoken out, supporting legalization.
- As Politico.com puts it, Trump is a rule-breaker, first and foremost.
As far as Hollyweed is concerned, the prankster who used tarpaulins to turn the “O’s” into “E’s” has been arrested after turning himself in for trespassing. Apparently, it is the second time in the history of Hollywood that this happened. It was also done in 1976 by a group of students.
Only time will tell what is in store on the cannabis front in 2017, but it sure is better to be optimistic, rather than afraid. And a good laugh is most definitely the best medicine.