The Haymaker is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s column on cannabis culture and politics.

Four years ago, many in the cannabis world greeted the election of Donald Trump with wary optimism. He’s a businessman, they said. Once he sees there’s money to be made, he’ll back legalization.

Others pointed to Trump’s tepid endorsement of medical marijuana: He doesn’t like adult-use, but at least he won’t arrest our patients.

He will never allow federal legalization to move forward. Donald Trump has got to go.

Industry leaders stooped to accommodate Trump advisor Roger Stone, the convicted perjurer and dirty trickster, because Stone embraced legalization and possessed access to the President’s ear. 

Others held out hope that cold…

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