Trump administration to launch new crackdown on marijuana dispensaries and growers

The Trump administration is expected to announce Monday a plan to roll back a series of federal marijuana regulations that have been in place since 1996, a White House official said.

The administration will propose new rules that would require marijuana dispensaries to obtain licenses from the Food and Drug Administration, the official said, asking not to be identified discussing details of the plan.

In a speech last week, President Donald Trump called for eliminating federal marijuana laws that were set to expire at the end of this year.

The move comes as lawmakers in at least four states, including Colorado, are poised to legalize recreational marijuana next month.

Marijuana has been legalized for medical use in several states, but federal law still prohibits states from setting their own marijuana policies.

The Trump Administration has been exploring the options for a policy that would permit recreational use.

In April, President Trump signed a memorandum reviving the Drug Enforcement Administration’s war on marijuana, which was enacted during his presidency.

While the move to crack down on marijuana is expected, it is not likely to be a comprehensive crackdown, the White House aide said.

The administration is not expected to take any further action on marijuana until 2018, a senior administration official said in a briefing Tuesday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

The official said the new rules will be announced during the White Senate meeting scheduled for Thursday.