President Trump seemingly backs pot bill supporting states’ rights

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The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act, or STATES Act, from Sens.

"I really do. I support Senator Gardner", Trump said. "We will see how the government reacts to it". "We're looking at it".

In the US, 46 states and several territories have legalized marijuana in some fashion but the drug remains illegal under federal law.

Medical marijuana is legal in more than two dozen states and recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C.

In addition to exempting state-legal MJ businesses from federal drug laws, the Warren-Gardner bill would effectively permit such companies to take ordinary tax deductions and put their money in federally insured banks.

The president's comment is a stark contrast from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has strongly opposed the legalization of marijuana.

Marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act, despite states' efforts to scale back on criminalizing the plant over the past few years. Marijuana businesses still couldn't employ anyone under age 18 and couldn't distrubute marijuana at places like rest areas and truck stops, which are hubs for traffickers. Gardner described marijuana legalization as a matter of states' rights. Elizabeth Warren said in a joint interview Thursday that Russian Federation special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation into meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

Yesterday, the Canadian Senate voted on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Canada would become the second country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana; Uruguay did so previous year.

Trump's embrace of the bill is just another blow to his attorney general, who has been a longtime opponent of marijuana.

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. This odd reality in which selling a joint could land you in jail under federal law and give you a paycheck under state law may not last forever. And Gardner had said earlier this year that Trump promised to back this idea of giving states more latitude. I don't think that's appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws. Medical use has been legal since 2001 and is grown by federally licensed producers.

During his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump said the enforcement of marijuana laws was a state issue.

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. Liszewski, though, said it might leave room for that possibility, if the states sending and receiving the product both authorized those operations.

"The president has a rare opportunity to get behind a truly historic policy change that has bipartisan backing and significant public support", said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, a drug policy reform group.

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