April 01, 2017 Features

The Uncertain Future of Marijuana Enforcement in the New Administration

By Courtney G. Saleski and Mark A. Kasten

The election of Donald Trump has cast a long shadow over what was otherwise a very successful election day for marijuana reform advocates. In a statewide referenda, residents of California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Nevada voted to legalize the recreational use and possession of marijuana, joining Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Washington, D.C., which had previously legalized the drug. With those victories, more than 20 percent of Americans live in states where recreational marijuana use is legal.1 In addition, voters in Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota approved medical marijuana proposals, bringing the total number of states that permit or will permit the use of medical marijuana to 28.2

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