For Health Secretary, Trump Picks Another Weed Hater
President is stacking the most anti-pot Cabinet ever.
Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga) could be the Trump Administration’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, the President-Elect’s transition team announced Tuesday. The decision comes hardly 10 days after Trump chose the marijuana phobic Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) as his Attorney General.
For context: Counter to Trump’s campaign promise that his administration would respect state marijuana laws, Price and Sessions will hold substantial sway over America’s national marijuana policies, and the enforcement of weed laws at the federal level. The track records of Trump's would-be lead doc and top cop have legalization proponents worried.
As health secretary, Price will oversee the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As attorney general, Sessions will control the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Offices of Legal Policy and Public Affairs.
“As a member of the U.S. House, Price voted six times against amendments to prevent the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. He also voted three times against amendments to allow military veterans to get medical cannabis recommendations through Department of Veterans Affairs doctors. And he also voted against a broader amendment to protect all state marijuana laws—including ones allowing recreational use—from federal interference.”
Sessions once described marijuana as “a very real danger” that “‘ought not be minimized.” Furthermore, the man who come January will most likely be the nation’s highest ranking law enforcement official has said: “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
Trump's pick of the Alabama junior senator and a suburban Atlanta congressman to steer policy and enforcement from atop Justice and Health could spell bad news for federal cannabis normalization. The fight for legal green will, at best, be fought state-by-state for at least another four years.