Where do Trump’s cabinet picks stand on marijuana policy?

Emily Gray Brosious


Composite photo credits: [Upper] Vice President Mike Pence (L), President Donald Trump, Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross and senior advisor Jared Kushner (R) attend a meeting with Senate and House legislators, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Feb. 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images); [Lower] Leaves of a mature marijuana plant. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


In 2016, American support for marijuana legalization hit 60 percent, according to Gallup polling, numerous states successfully passed medical and recreational ballot measures, and it seemed for a brief moment that marijuana was headed on a path toward federal legalization.

But that may all change with Donald Trump’s presidential win.

Despite the president’s previous support for state medical cannabis laws, marijuana industry members and advocates in the 28 states with medical marijuana legislation and eight states with recreational pot laws are now navigating rocky terrain. Trump has surrounded himself with vocal marijuana reform opponents like Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Given the 45th president’s limited legislative experience, executive cabinet members may wield more influence during the Trump administration than they have in previous terms. With that in mind, here’s where Trump’s cabinet picks stand on marijuana policy matters.

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Gallery source links:

Mike Pence – Leafly, On The Issues, NORML; Reince Priebus – The Denver Post; Rex Tillerson – CNN, CNN; John Kelly – CBS News, Drug Policy Alliance, Military Times; Mike Pompeo – NPR, Vote Smart; Nikki Haley – CNN, Tenth Amendment Center; Steven Mnuchin – NBC News, Senate Committee on Finance; Jeff Sessions – USA Today, Politico; Ryan Zinke – Americans for Safe Access, Vote Smart; Sonny Perdue – On The Issues; Hemp Business Journal; David Shulkin – Department of Veterans Affairs/Scribd; Tom Price – NORML; Scott Pruitt – Associated Press; Rick Perry – “The Hugh Hewitt Show”; Mick Mulvaney – NORML

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