WATCH | cCPAC attendees discuss legalized marijuana.
The Conservative Political Action Conference is a gathering of thousands of conservatives who descend on the suburbs of the nation's capital to hear from politicians, leaders of the conservative movement, and to learn tips for being the best conservative activist they can be.
So, when a new report from New Frontier Data says that the sale of marijuana is going to be greater than 24 billion dollars by 2025 and could create nearly 300 thousand jobs by 2020, we thought that we should ask the attendees their thoughts on legalizing marijuana.
Brett Fortona told Circa, "I know the Republican Party is not for it but honestly as long as you are safe with it I'll be cool with it."
His opinion wasn't shared by all we talked to though, "Right now I wouldn't support the legalization of marijuana on a federal level," Julia Boudreau. "I believe that its a state's responsibility."
For some, well they don't think recreational marijuana should be used at all. "Only medical marijuana," Carlo Aiello told Circa. "However I think it should be in a pill form not recreational because it creates a lot of problems-- there's a lot we don't know about it."
This week the Trump administration indicated that they will step up federal enforcement of marijuana laws after years of the Obama administration not enforcing federal laws.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday, "I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it [recreational marijuana]- because again, there is a big difference between the medical use."
That doesn't sit so well with some conservatives, "I don't really believe that drug enforcement is the way to go. Addicts are addicts not criminals," Alexa Dunetz said expressing sympathy for marijuana users. But, not all show so much empathy. "Right now there is a law on the books I don't there should be but there is," Andrew Potts said. "The president's job is to enforce the laws."
Fortuna also thinks the Feds should stay out of enforcement, "I said it should be state by state so let the state handle it."
The President is in favor of medical marijuana but has taken various stances on recreational marijuana. At one point he was fully against it and in another instance he said it was an issue for the states.