Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

In response, Gardner, a member of Senate leadership as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said he would no longer block confirmation of Trump's nominees to several Justice Department posts.

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

The federal Liberal government, led by Justin Trudeau, introduced the legislation past year in a bid to make Canada the second country in the world to legalise the cannabis, after Uruguay. Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD.

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.

It's a federal bill that would determine the best approach for states to police marijuana within their borders.

The senators came together to discuss legislation that would protect the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug.

"At its heart, this.is a pro-states'-rights bill that remedies a business relationship problem that has vexed community banks across 46 states", said Fine, now president and CEO of Calvert Advisors.

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The bill would make the federal Controlled Substances Act not applicable in marijuana cases where someone is acting within the laws of their state.

President Trump said Friday that he's inclined to get behind a bipartian congressional bid to ease the US ban on marijuana, The Associated Press reported.

Trump's comments Friday build on an earlier discussion he had with Gardner on marijuana.

"Given that this bill is being co-led by Sen".

He said he supports it now and will "probably" support it going forward. "I've talked to the president about this bill".

That would put Trump at odds with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in January rescinded an Obama-era policy that allowed states to legalize cannabis. "They hurt businesses who are in the marijuana business from getting access to banking services". State and federal law enforcement could still target black market marijuana operations. The senator opposed legalization at the time but has since defended Colorado's legal marijuana industry from federal meddling. 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.

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