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Gavin Newsom to Trump: ‘Dealers Don’t Card Kids’

February 24, 2017
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, pictured here on campaign trail, was a leading proponent of Proposition 64, a voter initiative passed in November to legalize adult-use cannabis in the state. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Following comments this week by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer that the federal government could take action against adult-use cannabis programs in legal states, officials in those states have condemned the threatened crackdown. Not only could shutting down access to legal, regulated markets end up helping international drug cartels, they say, it could also wreak havoc on state budgets that rely on cannabis taxes and make cannabis easier for kids to obtain.

On Friday, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a prominent supporter of Proposition 64, which legalized adult-use cannabis last November, sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing these and other concerns. “The War on Marijuana has failed,” Newsom told the president, urging the White House not to stymie state systems. “We can’t continue to keep doing what we’ve done and expect a different result.”


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Newsom also noted that cannabis “has been grown, cultivated, sold, and consumed for centuries — it is not new. But through our draconian and prohibitionist policies, we have outsourced much of this industry to an illicit market of criminals and drug cartels who have no regard for public safety and public health, especially as it relates to our children.”

Heres’s the full text of Newsom’s letter, provided to Leafly by his office:

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    great article brother


    Kudos to this politician for standing up and doing the right thing. I hope this blowhard in the WH will at least listen to what the vast majority of the citizens of the US want-allow legalize cannabis

    • Mike the bike

      yeah, right wing. I know Newsomes type. Lets all dent his head. Newsome is a commie pedophile.

  • I have a kickstart campain to start and medical marijuana delivery company.

  • Lisa

    Thank you, Mr. Newsome! May you be the voice of reason in an obviously confused and out-of-touch administration…

  • Mike the bike

    Is that a challenge? Burn down all dispensaries in California. Burn California