- REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
President Donald Trump gave a press conference at the White House on Thursday afternoon during which he said that the US was becoming a “drug-infested nation” and that “drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars.”
“We’ve ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice to coordinate a plan to destroy criminal cartels coming into the United States with drugs,” Trump said in the East Room.
“We’re becoming a drug-infested nation,” Trump continued. “Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars. We’re not going to let it happen any longer.”
Trump claimed his administration had “undertaken the most substantial border-security measures in a generation.”
“We’re now in the process of beginning to build a promised wall on the southern border,” he said.
Trump’s candy-bar claim could be true – depending on the type of candy being purchased. The wholesale price of marijuana in states like Colorado that have legalized recreational use has tumbled to less than half of prelegalization totals.