Recreational Marijuana and the Law: What You Need to Know

With recent statements made by the Trump administration’s press secretary Sean Spicer and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a lot of questions have been raised about the future of recreational cannabis use.

“I think that’s a question for the Department of Justice — I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it [marijuana],” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “There’s a big difference between medical use… and recreational use, which is something the Department of Justice will be further looking into.”

Spicer continued, linking marijuana use to the opioid addiction epidemic.

“I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing that we should be doing is encouraging people,” said Spicer. “There is still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”

Much confusion has arisen during the past few weeks about how the law works regarding legal marijuana, so we at Reef Dispensaries have created this guide to help separate fact from fiction. As the first article for our new Medium publication Tryke Cultivator, we attempt to provide some clarity about an uncertain future. Topics explored include:

  1. Which states have legalized cannabis for recreation use?
  2. How can cannabis be legal in certain states, but still be deemed illegal by the federal government?
  3. Will the federal government really “crackdown” on recreational cannabis?
  4. Where does the president personally stand on the issue?
  5. How have states that favor recreational cannabis use responded to the statements made by the White House?
  6. What is “the opioid addiction crisis” and is there really a link to marijuana use?
  7. Why should recreational cannabis be legalized?
  8. How can I get involved to help recreational cannabis legalization efforts?

Head over to Tryke Cultivator on Medium to read the piece.