There’s A Big Difference Between Medical And Recreational Marijuana, He Said During The Daily Briefing, Noting That The President Understands The Pain And Suffering Of The Terminally Ill And The Comfort That Some Of These Drugs Including Medical Marijuana Can Bring Them. Ok, Fine, But Then Spicer Referenced An Appropriations Rider Passed In 2014 To Imply That Congress Has Already Elevated The Legal Status Of Medical Marijuana Under Federal Law.

First, though, the blustering Sean Spicer revealed his weak grasp on the legal situation. “There’s a big difference between medical and recreational marijuana,” he said during the daily briefing, noting that the president “understands the pain and suffering” of colorado marijuana the terminally ill and “the comfort that some of these drugs including medical marijuana can bring them.” OK, fine, but then Spicer referenced an appropriations rider passed in 2014 to imply that Congress has already elevated the legal status of medical marijuana under federal law. (He was mistaken about the year the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment was enacted, but we’ll let it slide.) What that rider did was forbid the DOJ from cracking down on state legal medical marijuana businesses through a defunding measure, but it did not actually do anything to differentiate medical from recreational marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana is marijuana, according to federal statute, no matter how it’s used. The president’s sympathy for medical marijuana patients doesn’t give them any real protections, but it could mean they’ll see mercy not shown to those who toke just for fun. About recreational legalization, Spicer said: “When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should do is encourage people.” That letting people smoke weed encourages them to pop pain pills comes from a gateway-drug argument that’s been discredited. In fact, studies suggest cannabis has great potential to wean people from opioid addiction and prevent addiction in the first place. When another reporter further pressed Spicer on the matter, he said enforcement of recreational marijuana “is something the DOJ will be looking further into.” Those anxiety-provoking comments were uttered the same day Quinnipiac University released a new poll showing a majority of Americans approve of marijuana legalization. According to the survey of 1,323 voters: 59 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legal nationwide; 71 percent of Americans would oppose a federal crackdown on legal marijuana; and 93 percent support medical marijuana.

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