Donald Trump used to support legalizing all drugs, but that was in the 1990’s. Then, after he declared his candidacy for president last year, he started saying that legalization of marijuana in Colorado has turned out “bad.”
But now he’s just not sure how he feels about the whole thing.
“I’m watching Colorado very carefully to see what’s happening out there,” Trump said during a town hall hosted by MSNBC on Wednesday. “I’m getting some very negative reports, I’m getting some OK reports. But I’m getting some very negative reports coming out of Colorado as to what’s happening, so we’ll see what happens.”
Trump, who also took time during the interview to praise private prisons, said that he’s “basically for” medical cannabis. “I’ve heard some wonderful things in terms of medical,” he said.
When town hall host Chris Matthews asked Trump if legalization could lead to train conductors, bus drivers and airplane pilots being stoned on the job and whether marijuana leads to a “loss of ambition,” Trump took the bait.
“There’s a loss of something,” the Republican candidate said. “So that book has not been written yet, but it’s going to be written pretty soon and I’m not hearing very positive things.”
Regardless of how he personally feels about cannabis or its legalization on any given day, Trump, like all major candidates remaining in the presidential race, has pledged to at least respect states’ rights on marijuana and to let them implement their own laws without federal interference.
To see what else Trump and other candidates have said about cannabis, check out Marijuana.com’s comprehensive guide.
Cover photo courtesy of Joseph Sohm.