Oregon cannabis industry stands firm amid Donald Trump's presidency

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Nov 18, 2016 09:07 PM EST

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Photo : Chip Somodevilla / Staff)

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 04: A medical marijuana activist holds a sign during a rally January 4, 2010 in Oakland, California. Dozens of medical marijuna activists held a demonstration outside of the Ronald V. Dellums federal building in Oakland demnanding medical marijuana reform. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) (Photo : Justin Sullivan / Staff)

Several states are voting to legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine already legalized cannabis for adults as well as Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota joined most states with legal medical marijuana. But, cannabis communities need reassurance that the Trump administration will continue the momentum.

According to Portland Business Journal, Chris Christie, a vocal opponent of legal marijuana and a close associate of President-elect Donald Trump, stands an existential threat to the advocacy to legalize cannabis if he were to become Attorney General in the Trump Administration.

"Chris Christie has been our biggest fear, so I think Trump being the president could cause some investors to pause and assess the situation more completely", said Sara Batterby of Hifi Farms, a Hillsboro-based cannabis grower.

However, Jenny Diggles, Vice President for Capital Development at McArthur Capital and a known investor in Oregon cannabis businesses, said, "Trump has never spoken out against cannabis and he said he would leave it to the states," in a television interview in Colorado last July.

Trump commented that it is up to the states to tackle the issue. While being ask if Christie as Attorney General might mean a change in federal policy towards states, Donald Trump said, "I am a state person. I think it should be up to the states."

Still, in an article posted in Weed News, Donald Trump's public statements may be questioned about maintaining President Obama's policy of allowing states to implement their own cannabis policies without federal interference.

The article brings about Trump's flip-flopping on many issues including drug policy, is the reason of distrust. Also, a chance that he will have the law-and-order types like Rudy Guiliani and Chris Christie makes another reason to be wary.

For so many years, marijuana is made illegal in federal law. But in 2013, Obama's administration Justice Department memorandum outlined how states could develop their own policies and avoid interference from the feds.

For now, it is up to the advocates to continue to work towards passing provisions to fix the cannabis industry regardless of any oppositions.

 

 

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