President Trump says he will probably support Rep. Dave Joyce's marijuana bill

President Trump says he will probably support Rep. Dave Joyce's marijuana bill

Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner before heading to the G7 summit in Canada on Friday.

President Donald Trump on Friday expressed verbal support for recently introduced, bi-partisan legislation that seeks to codify legal protections for state-sanctioned marijuana-related activities. The bill, known as the STATES Act, would not legalize marijuana nationally.

"These archaic laws don't just hurt individual people", Warren said at a press conference. "The bipartisan STATES Act fixes this problem once and for all by taking a states' rights approach to the legal marijuana question". That forces much of the industry to operate on an all-cash basis, presenting serious concerns over theft and making tax collection hard. "That's bad for business and bad for safety". "Additionally, the bill would grant marijuana businesses access to the federal banking system, allowing Wall Street investment on an unprecedented scale".

The Canadian Senate has voted to pass the government's landmark legislation to lift the country's 95-year-old prohibition on recreational marijuana by a vote of 56 to 30 with one abstention. Canada would become the second country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana; Uruguay did so a year ago.

"The way I see it we have two choices: We can either sit on the sidelines and we can bemoan the old-fashioned policies, or we can roll up our sleeves, get to work and propose a solution", the senator from MA, where voters legalized recreational cannabis in 2016, said. Warren quipped they were "lining them up like Noah's Ark" - one Democrat for each Republican.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has criticized Gardner, whose state was the first to legalize marijuana, for his support for permissive marijuana laws.

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"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.

Advocates who support the end of federal marijuana prohibition were hopeful that Trump's remarks could lead to meaningful policy change.

In March, Gardner said Trump agreed to respect state-legalized pot, indicating a break from Sessions. That left cannabis users in my home state of Washington confused because the medical and recreational industries have been combined here, and there are no longer any non-recreational dispensaries.

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

Prohibits the distribution or sale of marijuana to persons under the age of 21 other than for medical purposes. "There is absolutely no reason that patients should be prevented from seeking scientifically approved care".

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