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Donald Trump vs the Continued Legalization of Medical Marijuana

Thursday, December 1, 2016 1:16
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The American citizens have finished voting in the 2016 US presidential elections. Much has been said about these elections and the validity of its result. Global public opinion is divided on whether the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States is a good or bad thing. I will not opine further on this, except to say that global village seems to be in a period of transition.


What does USA politics have to do with cannabis?

I suppose many of you are asking what medical marijuana and politics have to do with one another. In my opinion, the answer to this question is really simple. The continued legality of cannabis and the ability to grow your own marijuana is directly linked to the policies of the government of the day in any country; however, it seems as though major parts of the world to take their guidance from the USA. As a result, people, both inside and outside of the US are waiting to hear what Trump’s take on the legalization of cannabis is. 

According to The Weed Blog, it is “difficult to nail down exactly whether or not Donald Trump supports marijuana legalization. Not only are there a plethora of contradicting statements, but deciphering the context of his statements adds another layer to wade through.” In my opinion, this commentary applies to most of Trump’s comments on any of his policy statements; consequently no one knows the answers to this question.


What can we do in the meantime?

Until the laws surrounding the use of marijuana have formally been changed, it’s business as usual. This means that, if you live in any of the US states where it is legal to grow and consume your own cannabis, you can continue to grow and consume cannabis. There are many legal eCommerce stores where you can still purchase high-quality marijuana seeds.

Medical specialists and physicians will continue to prescribe the use of medical marijuana until they are no longer allowed to by law. People will continue to use cannabis to fight the side-effects of cancer, and even the cancer itself, both legally and illegally.

It’s not to say that I am pro the illegal use of marijuana, however, the reality is, that people are not going to stop using marijuana just because the federal laws have changed. I don’t think that Trump can change the laws around the legality of marijuana. Of course, in theory, he can do anything he wants to. It’s just that if he makes the growth and use of cannabis illegal, then the pro-cannabis movement will just move underground. 


Final words

Whether or not Donald Trump changes the laws around the legality of medical marijuana, the fact remains that studies have been done, and continue to be completed, which support the use of cannabis as par of the treatment regime for conditions such as epilepsy, nausea linked to cancer-treating drugs, and chronic nerve pain. What will Trump decide? We will just have to wait and see.


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