Trump signals willingness to back bill easing pot regulation

Trump signals willingness to back bill easing pot regulation

"The legislation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use would eliminate the draconian laws and penalties now in place and improve social justice issues in urban areas", Scutari said.

But many marijuana rights' activists praised the STATES Act for its social justice components.

"I don't think we should read too much into the president's remarks", Kevin Sabet, head of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a nonpartisan group opposed to marijuana legalization, said in an interview.

"President Trump made a commitment to Senator Gardner that he would support a federalist approach to state marijuana laws", noted Justin Strekal, political director for advocacy group NORML.

The STATES Act would give states the right to self-determine cannabis laws without the looming threat of federal interference.

Gardner introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act with progressive firebrand Sen.

"Because of the one-size-fits-all federal prohibition, state decisions like this put Colorado and other states at odds with the federal government", Gardner said at a news conference.

Warren expressed support for legalization during her 2016 re-election campaign in MA, whose residents voted to legalize the drug that year.

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Gardner and Warren emphasized that their bill does not legalize marijuana on the federal level and does not impose legalization on states that don't want it.

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.

Speaking to Colorado Public Radio on Friday, Sessions said so far Trump has not told him to back off of enforcing marijuana laws.

"Given that this bill is being co-led by Sen". The sponsors say patients will not be required to go only to the dispensary where they are registered and could go to any treatment center. An additional 20 states permit cannabis for medical use.

Even after the Senate passed the historic bill to legalize recreational marijuana use Thursday, the question remains: how soon can Canadians start lawfully smoking up? Sessions, who has a history of strict views on drug crime enforcement, said the previous administration's policy undermined rule of law and impeded law enforcement.

There are two exceptions, however: the prohibition of endangering human life while manufacturing a controlled substance and the prohibition of employing persons under age 18 in marijuana operations. The bill also would legalize industrial hemp nationwide. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat. However, with Republicans in control of Congress and Trump in the White House, legislation that leaves marijuana legalization up to the states has the best chance of gaining traction - and furthering the divide between the president and his attorney general.

Mike Ludwig is a Truthout reporter.

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