Trump Team Issues Cease-and-Desist to Stop Cannabis Advocates from Quoting Him

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has filed a cease-and-desist letter against Mississippi cannabis activists, claiming they are deceptively using two Trump quotes from 2015 and 2019 in which the president expressed support for medical cannabis and state policy reforms.

Full story after the jump.

The group behind the medical cannabis ballot initiative in Mississippi has received a cease-and-desist letter from President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign claiming the activists deceptively used his image, name, or likeness in support for Initiative 65, WLBT reports.

In the letter, Michael S. Glassner, the chief strategist for the Trump campaign, said I65 mailers included “misleading communications,” adding that the president “has never expressed support” for the initiative. The mailers, sent by Mississippians for Compassionate Care, urge voters to “Join President Trump” and includes quotes from the president from 2015 and 2019 supporting medical cannabis and state decisions to legalize its use.

Mississippians for Compassionate Care Communications Director Jamie Grantham said the mailers are only sharing “the truth” about Trump’s supportive comments regarding medical cannabis reforms.

“The politicians and bureaucrats behind Mississippi Horizon clearly orchestrated this letter from the Trump campaign. It’s just the latest example of the lengths to which they will go to prevent any form of medical marijuana in Mississippi. President Trump himself has said he supports medical marijuana and is letting the states decide. Initiative 65 is the only plan on the ballot that will create an actual medical marijuana program in Mississippi.” – Grantham to WLBT

Mississippians will vote next month on two competing medical cannabis legalization measures – one created by activists and another put on the ballot by lawmakers. The activist-led proposal, a constitutional amendment, would create a more comprehensive program allowing 20 “debilitating conditions” to qualify for the program.

I65A would require lawmakers to enact a program that would only grant access for medical cannabis to terminally ill patients, require pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products, and leave tax rates, possession limits, and other details to the legislature.

A September poll from WLBT found 81 percent of likely voters support medical cannabis legalization in the state.

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