If nothing else, there’s one thing that Roger Stone and John Morgan agree on…
President Trump should absolutely keep his 2016 pledge to support a state’s right to legalize medicinal cannabis.
On Wednesday, Roger Stone and John Morgan issued a press release announcing the creation of a bipartisan coalition – with one primary goal:
“To urge President Trump to honor the pledge he made during the 2016 campaign to support the states’ authority to legalize possession and distribution of cannabis.”
Currently, in the U.S., 29 states have exerted their 10th Amendment right to legalize medicinal cannabis to “various degrees,” and these two political heavyweights want those state rights preserved and protected.
Stone and Morgan come from different sides of the political aisle. Stone, a Republican, has long been an advisor to Pres. Trump; John Morgan, a Democrat, is credited with successfully helping to pass Florida’s constitutional amendment to legalize medicinal marijuana.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) August 17, 2017
Reschedule, legalize, and prescribe
Now on the same team – legal marijuana – this bipartisan odd couple has just rolled out the United States Cannabis Coalition.
According to the press release, “Both Stone and Morgan said the new coalition which includes a cross section of Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, Liberals, Libertarians, and Progressives would also urge the President to change the classification of marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug where it is currently grouped with LSD and heroin. Such a move would allow doctors to prescribe it for patients who they believe would benefit.”
Adamant that legalization would equate to national madness, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Chief of Staff John Kelly have both lobbied for “a crackdown on marijuana and resumption of the enforcement of Federal laws prohibiting marijuana possession and distribution in the states that have legalized cannabis.” A move of that nature would directly contradict the stated position of candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign.
“In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state.” ~ Donald J. Trump, Reno, Nevada, 2016 campaign stop
Morgan noted, “The Obama Administration wisely suspended aggressive enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana possession and distribution,” explaining that, “Attorney General Eric Holder’s directive on the subject chose to respect states’ rights. Unbelievably, now Sessions and Kelly, egged on by the likes of Governor Chris Christie and the new FBI Director, want to void the Holder directive, revive the war on drugs.”
United States Cannabis Coalition
The following is a partial list of individuals who have joined the United States Cannabis Coalition:
- Randy Credico, US Senate Candidate (D-NY)
- Jeff Brandes, Senator (R-St. Petersburg)
- Omar Navarro, Congressman (R- Congress 43rd District)
- Norm Kent Chairman (NORML)
- Matt Gaetz, Congressman (R- Fla.)
- Diane Savino, NY State Senator (D-Bronx)
- Christian Josi, former Executive Director American Conservative Union
- Ron Castorina, Assemblyman Chairman Staten Island Republican Committee
- Jeff Doctor, Director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition
- Jim Gray, former 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for Vice President
- Elizabeth Everett, Texans for Trump
- Deroy Murdock, columnist and activist
- Mark Burns, Pastor, Easley S.C.
- Doug Bandow, CATO Institute Scholar
- Shamed Dogan, State Rep. (R- MO)
- Curtis Sliwa, Guardian Angels Founder
- Sgt. Gary Wiegert, St. Louis Police Dept
- Ethan Orr, State Rep. (R-Tucson)
- Judge Andrew Napolitano
Intended to rally the troops and mobilize “millions of pro-cannabis voters,” Morgan concluded, “in the event that the Trump administration does not keep faith with the millions of voters whose medicinal marijuana he promised to protect, we are prepared to take our bi-partisan effort to both houses of Congress to legalize cannabis and its sale federally.”
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