Why Trump doesn’t want cannabis on the ballot

Say what you’ll of Donald Trump, nobody has ever accused the man of being shy. So we must count on that when it comes to hashish, he’s just quality with the popularity quo.

Because we’re now extra than 2 million weed arrests into Trump’s presidency, and he hasn’t stated one phrase approximately legalization.

In truth, the Department of Justice underneath his command is currently waging a stealthy conflict towards scientific cannabis sufferers and the cannabis industry. Trump himself has again and again known as for the demise penalty for drug sellers—and erroneously claims that smoking pot lowers your IQ.

Though that’s now not why he’s against letting “we the humans” vote to quit prohibition.

“Please don’t put marijuana on the ballot”

“The next time you run, please don’t put marijuana on the ballot at the same time you’re running.” That was President Trump’s recent advice to former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Walker lost his governorship within the Nov. 2018 election with the aid of a razor-thin margin, a defeat Trump attributed to the sixteen Wisconsin counties that voted on pro-cannabis referendums on that same poll.

Speaking to his supporters at a campaign rally, Trump claimed the ones referendums “introduced out 1,000,000 electorate that no person ever knew have been coming out.”

Walker couldn’t stop the vote

That analysis contains a grain of truth, buried beneath two massive authentic mistakes.

First, Trump implies that Scott Walker both created the ones Wisconsin cannabis referendums himself or had the energy to stop them. In truth, they had been certainly placed on the poll by using the tireless efforts of grassroots activists, who drafted the referendums and amassed the required signatures to position them at the poll.

And as for the ones meant million electorate no one noticed coming?

Only 2.7 million Wisconsinites forged ballots inside the complete election. Yes, 1,000,000 of them voted within the sixteen counties with a cannabis referendum—but that’s the full variety of electorate in the ones counties, whether or not they cared about hashish or no longer.

Wisconsin still can’t even pass medical legalization

If 16 non-binding countywide hashish projects have been simply able to inspiring 1,000,000 non-electorate to vote, we’d all be residing in a much extra weed-friendly international. Certainly cannabis might be legal in Wisconsin via now.

As it’s far, the kingdom does no longer even have a scientific hashish law.

And so, cancer patients remain situation to arrest for taking a few puffs to get via chemo.

That doesn’t bother President Trump. His best takeaway from a large majority of Wisconsinites vote casting for legalization is that having hashish on the ballot may hurt Republicans’ election probabilities. And have to therefore be stopped.

Cannabis voters did sway Wisconsin’s 2018 ballot

We know a million people didn’t show up in Wisconsin just to vote on cannabis, but how many did? And is there any truth to Trump’s claim that Scott Walker would still be governor today if it weren’t for those meddlesome referendums?

After carefully crunching the numbers, a detailed analysis from Wisconsin Patch determined that yes, cannabis voters did likely swing the election:

Wisconsin Patch studied the voter turnout in each of the 16 counties where pro-marijuana ballot measures passed and determined that while Walker enjoyed more support in many of the 16 counties when compared with his last election in 2014, his totals were dwarfed by the gains Democrats enjoyed in 2018.

To be precise, Walker collected 3,314 more votes in those counties than when he was elected Governor in 2014, but still lost because his Democratic opponent earned 143,584 more votes there than the last time around.

Which means that when you combine an incredibly tight race with that huge jump in voter turnout and the popularity of those cannabis initiatives (all 16 passed), it does seem very likely that cannabis-inspired voters made the difference.

Cannabis coattails

We know a million people didn’t show up in Wisconsin just to vote on cannabis, but how many did? And is there any truth to Trump’s claim that Scott Walker would still be governor today if it weren’t for those meddlesome referendums?

After carefully crunching the numbers, a detailed analysis from Wisconsin Patch determined that yes, cannabis voters did likely swing the election:

Wisconsin Patch studied the voter turnout in each of the 16 counties where pro-marijuana ballot measures passed and determined that while Walker enjoyed more support in many of the 16 counties when compared with his last election in 2014, his totals were dwarfed by the gains Democrats enjoyed in 2018.

To be precise, Walker collected 3,314 more votes in those counties than when he was elected Governor in 2014, but still lost because his Democratic opponent earned 143,584 more votes there than the last time around.

Which means that when you combine an incredibly tight race with that huge jump in voter turnout and the popularity of those cannabis initiatives (all 16 passed), it does seem very likely that cannabis-inspired voters made the difference.

Trump against legalization

In theory, President Trump should have no say whatsoever over whether citizens in Wisconsin or any other state get to vote on cannabis legalization. There are limits to even this President’s power.

Until there aren’t.

The fact is, President Trump seems to have a problem with any voter who doesn’t vote for him, whether they smoke pot or not. And he would clearly rather let the War on Marijuana go on forever and ever—millions and millions of arrests—than risk losing one vote. 

He told us so himself.

So if cannabis is important to you, and you support this President, you must come to terms with the fact that Donald Trump holds your constitutional right to self-government to be subject to his personal approval. For the most self-serving of reasons.

It’s one thing to disagree on the policy, which in the case of the President’s ideological opposition to legalization is bad enough. It’s far, far worse to deny the citizenry its primary tool of democracy as part of a lawless push to maintain power at all costs.

In theory, President Trump should have no say whatsoever over whether citizens in Wisconsin or any other state get to vote on cannabis legalization. There are limits to even this President’s power.

Until there aren’t.

The fact is, President Trump seems to have a problem with any voter who doesn’t vote for him, whether they smoke pot or not. And he would clearly rather let the War on Marijuana go on forever and ever—millions and millions of arrests—than risk losing one vote. 

He told us so himself.

So if cannabis is important to you, and you support this President, you must come to terms with the fact that Donald Trump holds your constitutional right to self-government to be subject to his personal approval. For the most self-serving of reasons.

It’s one thing to disagree on the policy, which in the case of the President’s ideological opposition to legalization is bad enough. It’s far, far worse to deny the citizenry its primary tool of democracy as part of a lawless push to maintain power at all costs.

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