Trump Signals Possible Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation


Now, in a comment to reporters, Trump has indicated he might support a bill that would leave marijuana laws and enforcement to the states. Gardner to sponsor a new legislation called The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One as he arrives for the G7 Summit, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Canada.

The senators say they have bipartisan support in the Senate and the House of Representatives for the bill. I know exactly what he's doing.

Trump suggested Friday he could get behind it, telling reporters, "We're looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes". But the two senators shared a podium Thursday to launch new legislation on an issue they can agree on: keeping federal hands off state-legalized marijuana.

However, it's available for recreational use in nine states and the District of Columbia.

The measure would amend the controlled substances act so that the act no longer applies to people who follow state laws regarding marijuana.

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. "In previous conversations, he talked about the need to solve this conflict", Gardner said.

Sen. Tony Dean, an Independent from Ontario, said Thursday's vote was historic and that the legislation is created to combat social ills such as high rates of youth consumption and the criminalization of those who possess the drug, particularly young indigenous people. "This is not a legalization bill".

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But it remains unclear what odds the bill faces in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said he opposed federal marijuana legalization.

The National Conference of State Legislatures came out in support of the Warren/Gardner bill on Thursday.

Gardner has said previously that Trump has privately indicated his support for the states' rights concept and that the president also promised that federal prosecutors wouldn't interfere with Colorado's legal marijuana program. Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD.

Gardner said federal finance laws are creating challenges for business owners in the marijuana industry, despite the state collecting the taxes without issue.

"We were not ordered to do anything other than the policies that we intend to carry out nationally", Sessions said.

Ottawa's initial plan was to let the courts decide whether or not federal legislation would trump the provincial law in Quebec and Manitoba in terms of home cultivation.

Once signed, the STATES Act would finally free cannabis companies to operate as normal businesses.