Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

10 June, 2018, 02:18 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Senators introduce bipartisan bill to protect state laws on marijuana

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.

"We're trying to respect the voters of our states that said this is how we want do business around marijuana here in MA, here in Colorado".

California and eight other states, as well as Washington, DC, have legalised all adult use of marijuana.

Even after the Senate passed the historic bill to legalize recreational marijuana use Thursday, the question remains: how soon can Canadians start lawfully smoking up?

Indeed, Warren said during a news conference introducing the bill earlier this week, current federal policy "forces a multibillion-dollar industry to operate all in cash".

"That's bad for business", she said, "and bad for safety".

If Trump signs the bill into law, the legislation would resolve that conflict between the state and federal marijuana laws.

Trump on Friday said he would likely support the bill. Warren quipped they were "lining them up like Noah's Ark" - one Democrat for each Republican. "But I will probably end up supporting that, yes".

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Warren, long a critic of President Donald Trump, said: "I certainly hope that we have more people standing up for honesty and transparency". President Trump has previously indicated that he would support such a bill, setting the stage for a potential showdown with the Justice Department and one of his least favorite employees: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. State and federal law enforcement could still target black market marijuana operations. Cory Gardner of Colorado.

Despite the growing number of states legalizing marijuana, the USA government still has the right to prosecute people who violate marijuana-related federal crimes, causing confusion for states and the citizens who are lawfully abiding by their state's law.

The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some USA restrictions would remain, including recreational sales to people under 21.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY introduced a bill on the marijuana holiday 4/20 - a reference to the police code for pot use, which is "420" - that would remove marijuana entirely from the list of Schedule One drugs that legally classifies marijuana as unsafe as heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

Passage of the law makes Canada the second country, following Uruguay (2013), to officially legalize marijuana.

The legislation would also clarify that financial transactions with legal marijuana businesses do not constitute drug trafficking. "He talked about his support for a states' rights approach during the campaign".

Attorney Aaron Herzberg of the cannabis-focused Puzzle Group Law Firm in Los Angeles said the president's remarks will "knock the socks off the industry" and provide some security for investors interested in the sector.

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