Recreational cannabis is now legal in eight states and the District of Columbia, yet many people convicted of nonviolent cannabis trafficking crimes now wallow in prison with life sentences without parole. President Obama’s clemency program offered to help these low-level drug offenders receive reduced prison sentences, but the program was flawed. Now that Trump’s in office, what hope do these prisoners have?
Federal law conflicts with local regulations about medical cannabis. For the many low-income and disabled Americans who rely on federally subsidized housing, this conflict means that, if they use medical cannabis to treat a condition, they can get evicted from their Section 8 housing.