President Donald Trump took on the topic of medical marijuana for the first time since he took office in November, and it appears he’s kind of in favor of it.
Along with signing the most recent federal funding bill (the one that always brings the threat of a government shut down if it isn’t passed), Trump signed an amendment to the bill Friday that stops the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from using federal funds to arrest people simply for working at a medical marijuana dispensary in a state where it’s legal.
Here’s Trump’s full statement on the amendment:
Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
In the United States, marijuana is illegal in all forms at a federal level, but 29 states have legalized the production, sale, and usage of medical marijuana in some form.
Trump’s laissez-faire approach isn’t exactly an endorsement of medical marijuana, but it’s not an active stance against it.
The amendment doesn’t include anything about states that have legalized recreational marijuana in any form.