The president said in a White House briefing on Monday that he supports medical marijuana, but added that “it’s not a great idea” to legalize recreational marijuana.
He said he wants to focus on “the bad stuff,” and added that he was “not a big fan” of recreational pot.
The president did not directly address whether he supported the legalization of marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law.
“I think you’ll see some of the bad stuff that’s going on.
You know, it’s not as bad as alcohol or tobacco, but I’m not a big believer in it,” Trump said.
Trump’s comments come as a coalition of more than 100 marijuana advocacy groups is launching a national campaign, urging lawmakers to consider a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
They argue that states should be allowed to make their own decisions on how to regulate marijuana and that it would help to protect the rights of individuals.
The group, the Marijuana Policy Project, is planning to launch a new digital advertising campaign starting this week.
“The time is now,” the group said in its announcement.
“We need you to step up.
You can’t afford to wait.”
In the 2016 election, Trump said he supports legalization of recreational marijuana, and he has not supported legalization of any other drug, including alcohol.