President Trump made some dubious claims about cannabis in recently leaked audiofrom a private donor dinner.
The president also seemed to show a lack of understanding in basic federal banking laws in the audio, which was leaked by Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump’s private attorney Rudy Giuliani and a key figure in Trump’s impeachment investigation.
Among a range of topics, Parnas, Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. delve into cannabis legalization, at which point the president raised some objections.
“I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing,” he said. “In Colorado they have more accidents. It does cause an IQ problem. You lose IQ points.”
Don Jr. came out the more 420-friendly o fthe Trumps, saying that “Between that and alcohol, as far as I’m concerned, alcohol does much more damage.”
“You don’t see people beating their wives on marijuana. It’s just different,” he added.
Parnas also broaches the topic of changing federal banking laws as they relate to weed, asking if Trump has “thought about allowing banking in some of these states that allow cannabis?”
The president appeared not to fully understand the question.
“You’re talking about marijuana, right?” he asked. “Why? You can’t do banking there?”
Parnas was likely not asking out of selfless interest in he potential of legal cannabis to heal the sick and reverse damage from the nation’s drug war.
He and his associate Igor Fruman, also present at the dinner, now face criminal charges over alleged attempts to leverage campaign contributions to obtain cannabis business licenses.
At the dinner, Parnas told Trump that legal cannabis is “the future, no matter how you look at it.”
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