During a vaping discussion held on Friday, President Donald Trump voiced his acknowledgment of the failure of policies banning drugs. He said that prohibiting access to drugs such as cigarettes, alcohol would only force consumers to acquire them through illegal routes.
During the meeting, the president met with both the supporters and opposers to debate on whether to endorse restrictive policies like banning of flavored vaping products, a proposal that was brought up by his administration.
President Trump further said that banning vaping products will force people to buy from the black market where they might buy products laced with poison instead of safe products.
In the face of the recent outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries, some policymakers and marijuana prohibitionists expressed their support for a total ban on selected vaping products. In response, marijuana advocates said that doing that would cause more harm than good.
President Trump responded to these remarks and asked them how they were going to solve the fact that after banning the vaping products, people would later ship them from Mexico – which is the problem they are currently facing with drugs and everything else that is illegal.
Trump’s remarks echo some comments he made back in 1990, when he voiced his support for drug legalization to weaken the black market. At the time, he said that America is losing the war against drugs, and for them to win, drugs must be legalized so that profits can be seized from the drug lords.
During the meeting held on Friday, marijuana did not crop up, but President Trump’s stand could be applied to the debate on contaminated THC cartridges, which are the primary source of the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries. Marijuana prohibitionists argue that the outbreaks should be a valid reason for not legalizing weed. However, health agencies working under the Trump administration said that the majority of the THC-cases involved unregulated products bought from the illegal market.
Advocates of marijuana reforms argued that marijuana should be legalized to deter people from buying products from the illicit market, which was where most people who suffered from the vaping injuries obtained the products. Just like alcohol and tobacco, marijuana should have a legal and regulatory framework.
Scott Gottlieb, who is the former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, said that in light of the recent vaping illnesses outbreak, there is a need for a federal regulatory system for the marijuana market.
Trump was in favor of harm reduction in vaping products. According to an expert, vaping is less dangerous than smoking combustible cigarettes.
On several occasions, the president has expressed his support for states to set their marijuana policies. In August, Trump said that the legalization of marijuana reforms is a big subject, and right now, states are allowed to make their decision.
The jury is still out on how far-reaching President Trump’s comments will be, but experts don’t expect marijuana companies like ChineseInvestors.com Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) and LiveWire Ergogenics Inc. (OTC: LVVV) to read so much into these comments made during this meeting.
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