Trump Endorses Marijuana Federalism Bill - Hit & Run

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore Stormy Daniels's former attorney files defamation suit against her Justice Department seizes reporter's phone, email records in leak probe: report MORE said Friday that he will likely support a bipartisan bill, introduced by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Republican Sen.

Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, leader of the independent senators' group, said one had only to look at the amendments proposed by the independents - including the home cultivation one - to know the Tory accusations of partisanship aren't true.

"There is a lot of interest from our allies in what we're doing", he said.

"We're looking at it", Trump said.

"We are very much focused on the control and legalization of marijuana, because the current system is not working", Trudeau said last month.

Gardner said the new legislation "ensures the federal government will respect the will of the voters - whether that is legalization or prohibition - and not interfere in any states' legal marijuana industry".

In January, Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy that had eased up on federal marijuana enforcement in states like Colorado with permissive laws. The bill, which amends portions of the Controlled Substances Act, also states that buying or selling pot will not be considering drug trafficking. Marijuana businesses still couldn't employ anyone under age 18 and couldn't distrubute marijuana at places like rest areas and truck stops, which are hubs for traffickers. "The bipartisan STATES Act fixes this problem once and for all by taking a states' rights approach to the legal marijuana question".

Canada's Senate passed a bill Thursday legalizing recreational marijuana, moving it closer to becoming the first member of the Group of Seven nations to legalize the production, sale and consumption of the drug. Nicholas Scutari announced the new bills just weeks ahead of a June 30 budget deadline that has upped the stakes since Murphy is banking on revenue from legalization to balance his fiscal 2019 spending pan.

Gardner has told reporters that he spoke with Trump before introducing the bill and expects he'll sign it.

Nine states have now legalized recreational marijuana and 29 others have legalized it for medical purposes. I don't think that's appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws. Twenty other states permit medical marijuana use.

"President Trump made a commitment to Senator Gardner that he would support a federalist approach to state marijuana laws". Liszewski, though, said it might leave room for that possibility, if the states sending and receiving the product both authorized those operations.

Michael Liszewski, a policy adviser with the anti-drug-criminalization Drug Policy Alliance, said there are still hurdles in committees and elsewhere that need to be crossed, but was optimistic that broader marijuana reforms at the federal level are within reach.