What’s Sean Spicer Smoking?
5 weeks into the Trump administration, we know more, sort of. Contradictory statements at many policy levels abound, leaving the American public in a state of confusion. What will they do? Humans aren’t a collection of what we say, we are the sum of our actions, that’s the same with systems and institutions and the presidency is no exception. One of the frequent questions I get these days is “what will Trump do with drug policy?” the answer is “beats me” not only because there have been minimal statements about drug policy but because of the disconnect between words and actions. White House press secretary, Sean Spicer gave some indication last week stating to “expect greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws. Spicer went on to qualify that the concern is not medicinal cannabis as much as recreational use cannabis. In the 90’s then, whatever he was, Trump, said he “favored the legalization of all drugs”. Specifically regarding Cannabis Trump has said, “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state. … Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should happen — right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.” Washington Post, October 29, 2015. The previous statements of Trump make the comments from Spicer more confounding.
Marijuana policy has never made sense. America has always lead with fear over facts. The propaganda mission to continue to criminalize cannabis is steeped not in science or data but un cultural belief and “otherizing” people. “We’re not like THEM” is the message, often from consumers of the biggest killer in the substance world, alcohol. A central theme of Trump’s rise in the culture is” other” be it immigrants or “coastal elites” if not in the Trump tent, you’re something to demonize. Cannabis use offers the Trump team another portal to do just that. They can feel superior to people whose choose to use cannabis, be it for medicinal or recreational reasons. It’s a very strange mission for a party and philosophy of small government, minimal regulations, individual choice, and job creation. Apparently, there is an unstated caveat to the basic principles of which the Trump folk speak. For someone who “tells it like it is” Trump speaks in mystery regarding drug policy. Why not just deliver a clear and cogent message so states know with what they are dealing? In one sense, it makes sense that Trump, looking to punish California anyway he can for the temerity of disagreement, would look to “enforce marijuana laws” just as the will of the people of California came into sharp focus.
In a famous segment, Trump stated his love for the bible but couldn’t name a passage. Perhaps he should consider learning the lesson from Matthew 7:5. “You hypocrite! First remove the log from your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”. Trump likely has his own drug problems internally in his own administration. Dr. Ben Carsen has the affect of a Xanax abuser; Steve Bannon appears to be a man drinking himself to death. Bannon has all the classic physical characteristics of someone in very advanced stages of alcoholism and liver damage. Perhaps this is something to discuss, Mr. President? Moving away from the Trump team to the Trump voter, it is clear they are drunk, gun violent, welfare dependent, meth addled and have incredibly high rates of opiate abuse and overdose. Cannabis, safer than alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, meth amphetamine, etc. should be far down the list of issues to discuss, and yet, it’s not. Spicer tripled down on the old “fear over facts” policy trying to tie the opiate crisis to cannabis use which is factually just not the case., The truth is, Cannabis helps people eliminate the use of opiates or avoid them entirely. If the Trump administration was genuinely interested in helping the opiate crisis, they would be looking at ways to expand access, not limit it. If they were genuinely interested in economic growth and job creation, they would be asking Colorado how it’s going and how they did it. Ironically, the administration is looking to reopen obsolete and dangerous coal. I promise you, Mr. President coal has and will kill more Americans in a month than cannabis ever will.
Mr. Spicer, you have an open invitation to call us at High Sobriety anytime you want. We will share data, experience, and even let you speak to some families who have benefitted from our program. You are free to tour here and see examples of people who have stabilized addictions to opiates, cocaine, alcohol, etc. all with cannabis included in their recovery map.
Author: Joe Schrank, Editor in Chief