An unlikely pair have teamed up in hopes of swaying President Trump into decriminalizing cannabis across the nation. Roger Stone, a strategist, lobbyist, political consultant and friend of Trump has joined up with Florida attorney John Morgan – who helped to fund and push Amendment 2 to the polls until it passed – to create the U.S. Cannabis Coalition. By creating the organization, the two are able to officially lobby against the government on the issue.
“Medical marijuana is now a consensus issue in the United States,” Stone said. “And recreational marijuana is headed that way.”
John Morgan has been an advocate for medical marijuana and the decriminalization/legalization of cannabis in general for quite some time now. He has been outspoken about the issue for years and has even said that if he were to decide to run for Florida Governor (as many have proposed he should) that decriminalizing cannabis would be on his list of things to do to improve the state.
“Roger Stone speaks to President Trump on a regular basis,” Morgan tells the Times/Herald. “I am urging him to urge the president to remove marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. The president would gain the respect of many on this issue.”
Stone, on the other hand, while never exactly against cannabis, has not been so outspoken until now. He says it was when Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he wanted to go after states where medical marijuana was legal that he decided that he couldn’t keep quiet – something needed to be done. It turns out that Stone’s mind was changed about medical marijuana when a friend suggested it for his father and grandfather when they were going through chemotherapy and radiation.
“I hope to convince the president of the United States to honor his pledge,” Stone said. “It’s time for the administration to speak with one voice and not break faith with the American voter.”
Together, the two of them will be working towards national decriminalization – hoping to completely remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act where we all know it does not belong in the first place. Stone believes that – with some convincing – the President would be happy to see cannabis decriminalized, which would also greatly increase his approval among voters across the nation. This isn’t an unreasonable prediction, especially when there was recently a lawsuit filed in hopes decriminalizing cannabis under the reasoning that it is irrational – and therefore unconstitutional – to leave cannabis a Schedule I drug.