Pres. Trump signals support for legislation easing US ban on pot

Pres. Trump signals support for legislation easing US ban on pot

Pres. Trump signals support for legislation easing US ban on pot

The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some US restrictions would remain, including sales of non-medical pot to people under 21.

The bill was unveiled Thursday by Colorado Republican Sen.

The Colorado Republican and Warren noted that the "Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States", or STATES Act, comes in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' January decision to rescind the memo that directed USA attorneys to not prosecute marijuana crimes in states where the drug had been legalized. But it remains on the books as a prohibited substance.

Here's some good news for potheads coming from Capitol Hill: a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a new bill on Thursday that would change federal laws prohibiting marijuana. He says the conflict between state and federal law has created a public hypocricy. Gardner has previously said Trump had promised he would support such legislation.

"This is a bill that says the states are laboratories of democracy", Gardner told Tapper.

"We are very much focused on the control and legalization of marijuana, because the current system is not working", Trudeau said last month. He welcomed the president's "continued interest in an approach that respects the will of the voters in each state".

"That forces a multi-billion dollar industry to operate all in cash, that's bad for business and bad for safety", said Sen.

"Imagine, for example, that a supplier is licensed by her state to cultivate 1,000 plants, but she actually keeps 1,001 plants in her warehouse".

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The move would protect legally-operating marijuana business from federal interference.

Sales to anyone under 18 would be banned under federal law but provinces and territories could set their own age limits.

The STATES Act could not only permit businesses to get bank accounts - since their operations would no longer be considered federal crimes - it could also allow them to deduct ordinary business expenses from their taxes, Liszewski said.

"It's the least controversial bill that simultaneously allows states to do what they want to do and allow states who oppose it to do what they want to do", said Douglas A. Berman, a law professor at The Ohio State University and an expert on drug policy.

Sessions has also said he believes that the marijuana legalization movement is a serious contributing factor in the country's opioid crisis and overdose deaths.

Because of federal regulations, most marijuana businesses are barred from traditional banks and opening lines of credit.

Another co-sponsor of the measure, Democratic U.S. Sen.

Warren expressed support for legalization during her 2016 re-election campaign in MA, whose residents voted to legalize the drug that year. "Gardner. I know exactly what he's doing", he told reporters when asked about the bipartisan effort.

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