The question on most medical cannabis patient’s minds has still got no real answer. What is Trump’s cannabis policy? So far, medical cannabis users have not been harassed, but many fear that this will change. We take a closer look at what political analysts are saying about Trump and cannabis.
So far, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not issued any memos to revoke standing policies. The DEA has not raided any dispensaries or cultivation plants. Yet, people are uncertain and apprehensive.
A statement issued with the budget protects patients till the end of September. According to this resolution, federal authorities can’t use budget money to prevent states from implementing their own cannabis laws. What will happen after that? Nobody seems very sure.
No time to waste
Some states, such as West Virginia, are still developing medical cannabis programs to implement. There is still a lot to be done. It is a misconception that there is time to wait and see what this administration is up to. The opioid crisis is taking its toll with 91 opioid-related deaths a day. The Trump administration remains reticent about the problem.
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Many deaths till October
Attorney General Sessions has said that replacing opioids with another drug seems ridiculous to him. Meanwhile, the government tasked a commission chaired by Governor Chris Christie to come up with recommendations on the opiod crisis by October. This delay means that another 16,926 people will have died before discussions even begin.
Cannabis reduces opioid overdose
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims a 24.8 % drop in deaths caused by opioid overdose in states that implement a medical cannabis program. Many patients and doctors say that cannabis is an effective way of managing pain. The National Institute on Drug Abuse agrees that medical cannabis can effectively reduce prescription opioid use.
Patients, veterans, physicians and NFL players all report that medical marijuana reduces opioid reliance. They say that legal and safe access to medical marijuana will combat the opioid crisis. States and federal government must resolve their conflicting policies to provide millions of patients and caregivers with certainty.
No news on Trump’s cannabis policy
Ultimately no news is not necessarily good news when it comes to Trump’s cannabis policy. We have seen that priorities can change abruptly with no warning. Today, Sessions is taking up the war on drugs with renewed vigor. Tomorrow, rumor has it that he is up for replacement. Nothing is certain.
For medical marijuana patients, this is disconcerting. It could mean disruptions, delays, or even the prohibition of their treatment.
State-sponsored medical marijuana programs have operated under the guidance of the DOJ memo or Cole memo, for three years. States have gone to great lengths to follow its guidelines, working in conjunction with the DOJ. While Trump’s cannabis policy remains unclear, many are concerned that this uneasy peace will be disrupted. However, states have said that they oppose federal interference, so a policy change would surely spark a great deal of controversy.