The group is lead by Trump advisor Roger Stone and Democratic fundraiser John Morgan.
By Jacob Engels
According to a press release from the United States Cannabis Coalition, the bi-partisan coalition has expanded their advisory board.
The coalition’s principal goal is to urge President Trump to honor the pledge he made during the 2016 campaign to support the states’ authority to legalize possession and distribution of cannabis. To date, 29 states have exercised this authority to various degrees.
“I am highly confident that Donald Trump will protect the access of millions of Americans including our veterans who are currently using cannabis for medicinal purposes” said Stone, who has been a formal and informal advisor to Donald Trump for over 40 years. “I am confident the President will keep his pledge.”
Joining Stone and Morgan on the USCC advisory board at launch are Fox News Legal Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, WBAI radio commentator and Democratic US Senate candidate Randy Credico, Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), Omar Navarro Republican Candidate for Congress 43rd District – CA, Norm Kent Chairman National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Congressman Matt Gaetz R- Fla., NY State Senator Diane Savino (D-Bronx), Christian Josi Former Executive Director American Conservative Union, Assemblyman Ron Castorina, Chairman of the Staten Island Republican Committee, Director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition Jeff Doctor, Former California Superior Court Judge and 2012 Libertarian Party candidate for Vice President Jim Gray, Elizabeth Everett Texans for Trump, longtime columnist and activist Deroy Murdock, Pastor Mark Burns, Easley S.C., CATO Institute Scholar Doug Bandow, State Rep. Shamed Dogan R- Mo, Guardian Angels Founder and Chairman of The New York State Reform Party Curtis Sliwa, Sgt Gary Wiegert St. Louis Police Dept, State Rep. Ethan Orr (R-Tucson) – Partial List. Advisory Board in formation.
“In the event that the Trump administration does not keep faith with the millions of voters whose medicinal marijuana he promised to protect, we are prepared to take our bi-partisan effort to both houses of Congress to legalize cannabis and its sale federally.” Said Morgan.
“With a coalition of Libertarian-minded Republicans and progressive Democrats we will succeed. At least one member of the Senate has already introduced legislation that would legalize cannabis entirely. Stone said the USCC would also support additional federal funding for unbiased research into the medicinal benefits and properties of cannabis.
“Extensive and well-funded research in Israel indicates the potential for medical breakthroughs and better research in the United States is vital.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly have both called for a crackdown on marijuana and resumption of the enforcement of Federal laws prohibiting marijuana possession and distribution in the states that have legalized cannabis in contravention of President Trump’s stated position during the campaign.
Stone and Morgan are reportedly vetting other candidates to join the USCC advisory board.
We will update you more on the United States Cannabis Coalition’s efforts in the coming weeks.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.