Trump Team Planning Federal Cannabis Reforms

Tump State of the Union 2018

By Graham Abbott

The Trump Administration plans to address federal cannabis reforms after the midterm elections, Sen. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) told FOX Business this week.

Sen. Rohrabacher said the White House gave “a solid commitment” to address the issue. He didn’t specify how far the reforms might go — whether it could be as far as rescheduling or even descheduling the cannabis plant, for example — but, Sen. Rohrabacher noted, President Trump said on the campaign trail that he was in favor of federally legalizing medical cannabis and leaving adult-use legalization up to individual states to decide.

“I have been talking to people inside the White House who know and inside the president’s entourage… I have talked to them at length. I have been reassured that the president intends on keeping his campaign promise.” — Sen. Rohrabacher, in an interview with FOX Business

“I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real,” said Sen. Rohrabacher.

Sen. Rohrabacher — who has served in the House for nearly 30 years — is considered one of the more cannabis-friendly members of Congress. Democrats, however, have targeted his seat in this year’s midterms as a potential weak point for Democrats to retake the House of Representatives.

Since his election, President Trump has largely steered clear of the cannabis issue, though he told Colorado Sen. Cory Gardener (R) in April that he would support federalism-based legislation to protect states who choose to legalize or otherwise reform cannabis laws.

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