The White House is running a secret anti-weed committee

Marijuana at cultivation center.
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The Trump administration has launched a sneak attack on Americans' growing support for marijuana.

To combat what White House meeting records call America's "partial, one-sided, and inaccurate" narrative in favor of marijuana, federal agencies were asked to compile "negative trends" about the drug and its "threats," BuzzFeed News has learned. It's all being done under the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, a secretive collective commandeering 14 federal agencies and the Drug Enforcement Agency to build an anti-weed rhetoric.

Acceptance of recreational marijuana use has grown over the past few years, with a recent Quinnipiac poll showing 63 percent of Americans in support of legalization. President Trump has tentatively echoed support as well, saying back in June that he'd "probably" back a bill to protect states' rights to legalize marijuana.

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The committee instead seems to echo Attorney General Jeff Sessions' war-on-drugs rhetoric, BuzzFeed News points out. A July 27 committee meeting summary cited "an urgent need to message the facts about the negative impacts of marijuana use, production, and trafficking on national health, safety, and security." So the committee ordered agencies to deliver "the most significant data demonstrating negative trends" regarding weed for a briefing with Trump "on marijuana threats," the summary said. The goal is to "turn the tide on increasing marijuana use," per the meeting summary.

The committee only explicitly indicated that it was looking for negative information on marijuana use and laws, BuzzFeed News' analysis revealed. A White House response to the story said the committee is part of the administration's "internal, deliberative process" to "ensure consistency with the president's agenda."

Read more about the White House's war on green at BuzzFeed News.

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Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn is a graduate of Syracuse University, with degrees in magazine journalism and information technology, along with hours to earn another degree after working at SU's independent paper The Daily Orange. She's currently recovering from a horse addiction while living in New York City, and likes to share her extremely dry sense of humor on Twitter.