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Department of Justice Wages War on Colorado’s Recreational Marijuana

Sean Spicer Holds Daily Press Briefing At The White House
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered some troubling news for those in favor of Colorado’s legal recreational marijuana.

According to Denver7, Spicer said in Thursday’s daily press briefing that the Department of Justice will be “taking action” against states where recreational marijuana is legalized while “seemingly” comparing recreational use to the country’s opioid crisis.

“There’s a big difference between [medical] and recreational marijuana,” he said. “I think that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing that we should be doing is encouraging people.”

Spicer added that President Trump “understands the pain and suffering that so many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases, and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring them.”

Eight states have legalized recreational marijuana and an additional 29 allow medical marijuana. Colorado has been viewed as a leader in the industry after becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012; medical marijuana became legal here in 2000.

Read the rest of Denver7’s report here.

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