Inside the Trump Administration’s Secret War on Weed

Dominic Holden, writing for BuzzFeed News:

The White House has secretly amassed a committee of federal agencies from across the government to combat public support for marijuana and cast state legalization measures in a negative light, while attempting to portray the drug as a national threat, according to interviews with agency staff and documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, as it’s named in White House memos and emails, instructed 14 federal agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration this month to submit “data demonstrating the most significant negative trends” about marijuana and the “threats” it poses to the country.

In an ironic twist, the committee complained in one memo that the narrative around marijuana is unfairly biased in favor of the drug. But rather than seek objective information, the committee’s records show it is asking officials only to portray marijuana in a negative light, regardless of what the data show.

This article sheds light on one of the Trump administration's latest facepalm moments. You have to work pretty damn hard to come up with a two-page bulleted fact sheet concerning the horrifying dangers of marijuana, but leave it to the government to give it the old college try.