Tulsi Gabbard is running for president against Donald Trump. As a Progressive Democrat.
Nevertheless, he should announce (I say this respectfully) that he will sign (if it passes) two new marijuana bills introduced by Gabbard.
Why? because this is what Donald Trump does best, he picks the low hanging fruit and Tulsi Gabbard’s Pot bills are both — low hanging fruit.
It’s like a triple play for Trump, who can accomplish 3 political goals without even breaking a sweat. First, he likes to look non-partisan, after all, what is more non-partisan than signing a piece of legislation sponsored by your political rival’s party — and furthermore, sponsored by someone running against you — for President?
Second, it will permanently swell his political base. A national Pot Data Collection effort and permanent database repository — and the removal of the drug from Schedule 1 — is long, long overdue. Even McConnell is on board with Hemp at least, which should get this a nod in the Senate and passage if Trump got involved.
They could add in states right protections for the recreational side, and a national model for the medical side, along with a federal health advisory board on Pot, (Gabbard covers some of this) and this could be a great pair of bills.
This should be reason enough, but this will elevate Gabbard, and this is a good thing for Trump. The stronger the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party is, the weaker the entire Dem Party is. It’s one of the only things I agree with Nancy Pelosi on, but for different reasons, obviously.
Lastly, these bills are about 20 years overdue.
Trump is batting like a World series MVP at cleaning up America’s old, overdue problems, he really should turn to the marijuana issue now that Jeff Sessions is out of the way.
The Marijuana Data Collection Act, the most obviously overdue of the two bills, authorizes the National Academy of Sciences to begin a national level data collection effort on the effects of marijuana legalization, from the broadest statistical measure possible. This bill has a Republican co-sponsor, Representative Don Young from Alaska.