Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday

A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday

"While Senator Gardner is calling this a "states" rights' approach, this bill essentially amounts to the federal legalization of marijuana", said Kevin Sabet, president of the anti-cannabis group Smart Approaches to Marijuana or SAM. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren.

Trump, speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, said he'd likely support the work of Bay State U.S. Sen. "I know exactly what he's doing, we're looking at it".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an outspoken advocate for legalization, has said the drug will be legal by summer. They want to make sure the federal government does not interfere with states' rights.

Twenty-nine states already allow medical marijuana, and nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. We're taking action to protect businesses that need access to basic banking services. The bill, which amends portions of the Controlled Substances Act, also states that buying or selling pot will not be considering drug trafficking.

The STATES Act requires state marijuana regulations to meet certain stipulations, including rules prohibiting marijuana businesses from hiring employees under the age of 18 and selling marijuana in highway rest areas and truck stops. Cory Gardner, a Colorado republican who is aligned with Trump on several issues but recently has tangled with the administration over the Justice Department's threatened crackdowns on marijuana. Those are both states that have approved the legalization of recreational marijuana.

"It's a really elegant solution", said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, an advocacy group for hundreds of marijuana farmers, business owners and patients in the state.

"Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, and they're broken", Warren said at the press conference.

The House of Commons must now vote to accept or reject the amendments before sending the legislation back to the Senate.

President Donald Trump said Friday he was leaning toward supporting bipartisan legislation that would block the federal government from going after states that have legalized marijuana.

"We should trust the people of the states, like OH, who have voted to implement responsible common-sense regulations and requirements for the use, production, and sale of cannabis", said Representative Joyce said in a statement. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalisation unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.

The bill, Warren argued, is a "practical" move for marijuana reform that will "respect the voters in those states". "But if the STATES Act is interpreted literally, she would now be criminally liable under federal law".

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