Trump allies Roger Stone, Jesse Ventura launch pro-cannabis group

Trump adviser Roger Stone announced on Friday he is launching a pro-cannabis group aimed at legalizing marijuana across the country.

"I am going to be working with a coalition of Republicans and Democrats, progressives and libertarians, liberals, and conservatives to persuade the president to keep his campaign pledge," Stone said at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, according to Business Insider.

The veteran Republican strategist went on to say he hopes to change President Trump’s mind on the issue, "and to remind the president that he took a strong and forthright position on this issue in the election."

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura will join Stone in the group. 


Despite the fact that he said marijuana should be a state issue, Trump has not exactly had a friendly stance toward the issue since taking office. His administration has sent mixed messages on future policy toward the drug.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions MORE is even more frosty toward marijuana use, even taking aim at cannabis for medical uses. Stone noted this, saying Trump needs to tell Sessions "to cut the sh-t."

"It's our intention to identify, reach, and mobilize millions of pro-cannabis voters to urge the president to keep his word," Stone said. "It's our intention to lobby the Trump administration from the top down to recognize the medicinal value and economic potential of cannabis."

Stone added that he believes there are enough votes in the House to potentially pass a legalization bill, while the task would be more difficult in the Senate.