Drugs

Trump's Secret Anti-Weed Committee

The administration appointed a committee to find facts about the "threat" of legalizing marijuana.

by VICE Staff
Aug 31 2018, 7:27pm

Photo (L) via PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images and (R) by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

The Trump administration's stance on weed has often been confusing. Trump himself said he would leave legalization up to the states—a typical GOP move. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been aggressive in his anti-weed rhetoric, allowing federal prosecutors to go after marijuana growers and sellers.

Enter the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, a previously unknown body that has apparently been charged with pushing an anti-marijuana line. Through the committee, the Trump administration has seemingly guided various agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help stack up data and evidence on the "threat" of marijuana.

Why did the Trump administration create this committee at a time when decriminalizing marijuana is popular across party lines? We spoke to VICE editor Harry Cheadle about the move.

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