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Trump signals support for states deciding pot legality

10 June 2018
Trump signals support for states deciding pot legality

The bill in question, known as the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States or (STATES) act, was introduced yesterday by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Thursday and is considered a bipartisan effort to regulate the burgeoning and profitable marijuana industry in the United States.

'I support Senator Gardner. "We're looking at it".

Trump's comment "is a big deal", says Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a pro-legalization group.

There are 46 states and several territories that have legalized marijuana in some fashion, but it remains illegal under federal law.

Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. We're taking action to protect businesses that need access to basic banking services.

The president's remarks place him in conflict with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an outspoken opponent of marijuana who lifted an Obama administration policy and freed federal prosecutors to more aggressively pursue cases in states that have legalized marijuana. It is among 46 states that have laws permitting or decriminalizing marijuana or marijuana-based products.

The two senators announced a partnership on the legislation in April in an effort to hold Trump to his word about favoring a states-rights approach to recreational pot, a position he voiced during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"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. Canada would become the second country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana; Uruguay did so past year.

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.

The legislative proposal, which is also championed by Sen.

Despite the growing number of states legalizing marijuana, the US 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.

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. "But if the STATES Act is interpreted literally, she would now be criminally liable under federal law".