Cannabis advocacy groups have been up in arms since Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, indicated that the Trump White House would enforce federal laws in states that have legalized marijuana.
What that looks like is hard to say exactly, but when pressed for reasons, he gave a pretty ridiculous answer:
There’s a big difference between [medical marijuana] and recreational marijuana. And I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing that we should be doing is encouraging people. There’s still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.
There is, without a doubt, an opioid addiction crisis in the United States, but to suggest that people smoking marijuana is what’s started it is just beyond incorrect.
The epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States stems largely from the irresponsible prescribing of pain killers, and studies have actually shown that marijuana legalization corresponds with fewer opioid prescriptions, traffic deaths, and overdoses.
Trump’s administration is desperate to crack down on marijuana. Don’t let them dupe you with falsehoods and scare tactics. Marijuana does not lead to addiction to other substances.
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