All this time we’ve been wondering who the pro marijuana voice of reason in the Trump’s circle would be. With so many in Trump’s campaign that are clearly prohibitionist, the chances of any real supporters seemed slimmer than ever.
Then, six months into Trump’s presidency, an incredibly stunning development has breathed new life into the hopes of marijuana supporters around the country.
Roger Stone, a staunch conservative and controversial figure, has been a longtime adviser to President Trump. On Friday at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo in New York Stone announced the formation of the bipartisan United States Cannabis Coalition, an advocacy group with the goal of protecting state’s rights to legalize and regulate marijuana.
The USCC is registered with the IRS as a nonprofit section 527, which is the same tax-exempt status that applies to political action committees.
In the announcement at the CWCB Expo, Stone said “I am going to be working with a coalition of Republicans and Democrats, progressives and libertarians, liberals, and conservatives to persuade the president to keep him campaign pledge, and to remind the president that he took a strong and forthright position on this issue in the election.”
Among the notable list of both Republican and Democrat political strategists joining the group is former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. Stone and Ventura plan to hold Trump accountable to his stance expressed on The O’Reilly Factor in 2016 where he stated marijuana should be a state issue and he expressed “100% support for medical marijuana.” Additionally, they will look to ensure protection for recreational marijuana in states that have legalized it.
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Source: 420 Intel – United States