Trump signals support for legislation easing federal government's ban on marijuana

Trump signals support for legislation easing federal government's ban on marijuana

In the USA, 46 states and several territories have legalized marijuana in some fashion but the drug remains illegal under federal law. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, unveiled Thursday.

"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.

Gardner said the bill had about four or six co-sponsors on the Senate side but admitted that there was a "significant education push we have to do" to garner more support. "I know exactly what he's doing", Trump told reporters. "We're looking at it". He backed down after he said Trump had agreed not to intervene in states that had legalized the drug, and said privately that he would support Garnder's legislation.

The federal ban has created a conflict with more than two dozen states that have legalized marijuana in some form.

Before leaving for the G7 Summit in Canada, Trump was asked if she supports the measure.

Concerns about federal law enforcement seizures have inhibited most lenders from working with marijuana businesses.

The proposal's prospects in Congress were unclear.

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Gardner, who heads the Senate Republicans' campaign arm, is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The bipartisan bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to include a framework that says it no longer applies to those following state, territory or tribal laws "relating to the manufacture, production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of [marijuana]".

In Ohio, medical marijuana is legal (although the program is not up and running yet), and there's an effort afoot to also legalize recreational marijuana.

Trump, speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, said he'd likely support the work of Bay State U.S. Sen.

Bill C-45 has passed in the upper house by a vote of 56-30 with one abstention, over the objections of Conservative senators who remain resolutely opposed. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalisation unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution. He welcomed the president's "continued interest in an approach that respects the will of the voters in each state".

On Thursday, Gardner said he had spoken with Trump and was confident the president would sign the bill.

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