The White House is planning to tackle federal cannabis reform after the midterm elections, says Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).
Rohrabacher told Fox Business last week that Trump has made a “solid commitment” to regulating marijuana. “I have been talking to people inside the White House who know and inside the president’s entourage … I have talked to them at length. I have been reassured that the president intends on keeping his campaign promise.”
During the 2016 campaign, Trump said that medical marijuana should be legalized at the federal level but that recreational pot use should be left up to individual states.
In June, Trump said he would support a bill sponsored by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to leave that decision to the states. It was a major break with his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, a strict opponent of marijuana who had freed federal prosecutors to enforce federal laws against pot in states that have decriminalized it.
“I would expect after the election we will sit down and we’ll start hammering out something that is specific and real,” said Rohrabacher.