Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

President Trump says he "probably" would support states' rights marijuana reform

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Speaking to reporters as he left the White House Friday morning for the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump said, "I probably will end up supporting" bipartisan legislation that would give states wide latitude over marijuana regulation. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen.

"I support Sen. Gardner". "I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana - so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less bad". "We're looking at it". While support for legalizing cannabis was largely split along party lines, with Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party including legalization as party priority, interestingly, two Conservatives abstained as they have their own financial interests in the cannabis industry.

That puts Trump at odds (again) with his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who is a long-time foe of legalizing marijuana and who has tried to get federal attorneys to ratchet up enforcement of federal laws against marijuana possession and use.

Twenty-nine states already allow medical marijuana, and nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. "This would spell the end of federal interference as long as the state laws and the businesses operating under them stayed within the guard rails of the STATES Act".

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MCCAMMON: And it's worth noting that during the 2016 campaign Trump said he was in favor of states' rights when it comes to marijuana laws. He said there are concerns about the criminal justice part of the bill and cost of legalization, though he did not specify which costs.

Gardner and Warren emphasized that their bill does not legalize marijuana on the federal level and does not impose legalization on states that don't want it.

Marijuana legalization opponents also noted the significance of the bill.

Some doubt was cast over Trump's support of the measure on Thursday when the Washington Post reported that the president had sent a letter supporting Sessions recession of the Cole memo to Kevin Sabet, the president of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

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It aims to make marijuana businesses less vulnerable to federal crackdowns.

And as a reminder, under federal law right now marijuana is a Schedule I substance.

Prohibits the distribution or sale of marijuana to persons under the age of 21 other than for medical purposes.

In January, Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that urged federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal marijuana operations. The legislation would allow states to pursue liberalized marijuana policies as they see fit, they said.

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"It really alleviates numerous issues' we've been facing in the industry, especially with banking", he said. The STATES Act is the product of that effort.

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