TRUE: During campaign, Trump pledged to leave marijuana legalization up to states
The Trump Administration signaled last week it could crack down on recreational marijuana in states such as California where voters legalized pot last November, marking a possible change from the Obama Administration’s more permissive approach.
“There is still a federal law we need to abide by in terms of when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Feb. 23, 2017. “I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement.”
The next day, Democratic California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom urged Trump in a letter to follow the hands-off pot approach he claimed Trump had promised during his campaign.
“A Quinnipiac poll released yesterday says that 71-percent of US voters (say) that the government should not interfere with states that passed legalized marijuana and during your campaign, you committed to honoring states’ rights when it comes to marijuana legalization,” Newsom wrote on Feb. 24, 2017.
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