Trump Says He 'Really' Supports Allowing States To Legalize Cannabis

Minnie Murray
June 10, 2018

The president hinted that he may endorse the measure, adding that he supports Gardner's efforts to address the discrepancy between state and federal marijuana statutes, which has impacted the industry's access to banking, among other things. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Gardner before heading to the G7 summit in Canada on Friday. The president said, "I support Sen". "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 bill would change the definition of marijuana in federal drug law to exclude industrial hemp, which like marijuana is part of the cannabis plant family but doesn't contain the THC that gives pot users the high.

Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.

The Democratic senator's bill also removes cannabis from the list of substances prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act.

The bill would effectively set the minimum legal age for using marijuana at 21 nationwide. "The state might treat this as a minor violation, perhaps subjecting the supplier to a warning or small fine", wrote Robert Mikos, a professor at Vanderbilt University's law school, on his marijuana-focused blog.

The federal Liberal government, led by Justin Trudeau, introduced the legislation previous year in a bid to make Canada the second country in the world to legalise the cannabis, after Uruguay.

The bi-partisan bill introduced yesterday (June 7) by Sens.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and Democrat Sen. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalisation unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.


The legislation would also clarify that financial transactions with legal marijuana businesses do not constitute drug trafficking. And it's defined as having a high potential for abuse and also having no accepted medical use, which obviously differs from laws in many states.

"I have talked to the president about this bill", Gardner said.

Speaking to Colorado Public Radio on Friday, Sessions said so far Trump has not told him to back off of enforcing marijuana laws. Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD.

"I support Senator Gardner".

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

SHAPIRO: But this is hardly the first time the president and his attorney general have disagreed on something. The appointment of strongly anti-cannabis Jeff Sessions as attorney general seemed to signal trouble ahead for the newly burgeoning industry.

"The science is clear - medical marijuana treatments are effective", Warren said Thursday.

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