Trump Signals Possible Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation

Trump Signals Possible Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation

Trump Signals Possible Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation

"The bipartisan STATES Act fixes this problem once and for all by taking a states' rights approach to the legal marijuana question".

His backing could be seen as yet another rebuke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in January gave US attorneys free rein to enforce federal laws against marijuana even in states where pot is legal.

Trump was asked about a bill introduced Thursday by Sens.

"I know exactly what he's doing", Trump said of Gardner and Warren's, bill. "But I probably will end up supporting that, yes".

At a Thursday press conference regarding the new bill, Gardner said he had spoken to the president about the legislation.

Trump's embrace of the bill is just another blow to his attorney general, who has been a longtime opponent of marijuana.

Democrat Jeff Woodburn announced the renewed push following President Trump signaling he is willing to support a bipartisan marijuana legalization effort that respects states' rights.

Trump may choose to stay silent on the bill for the time being, but if it advances through Congress, he will be forced to take a position.

The bill includes language meant to address financial issues caused by the federal ban.

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The effect, the senators hope, would be to provide protections for medical marijuana users, give now prohibited federal banking privileges to marijuana dispensaries and businesses, and also eliminate what Warren calls the "systemic" injustice of imprisonment for marijuana-related crimes. Elizabeth Warren of MA, said in a statement that Washington "needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana", according to AP.

Another bill expands the state's medical marijuana program and allows any health-care practitioner permitted to prescribe controlled substances to write prescriptions.

Prohibits employment of persons under age 18 in drug operations.

Under the legislation, people 21 and over could possess, buy, use or transport an ounce or less of marijuana.

Trump's remarks Friday echo a promise that Gardner said he received privately from the president in April to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug.

But even as states legalize, cannabis has remained a risky and unstable business because of federal law making it illegal.

MPs there will now have to decide what to do about the the nearly four dozen amendments to Bill C-45 that were made in the Senate.The government will have to decide whether to approve, reject or modify the changes before returning the bill back to the Senate for another vote. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and David Joyce, R-Ohio. He said there are concerns about the criminal justice part of the bill and cost of legalization, though he did not specify which costs.

Gardner cut a deal with Trump to support the bill after a showdown over Justice Department nominees. Without that incentive, Scott said medical marijuana businesses in Oklahoma would have an effective tax rate of about 40 percent.

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