Trump inclined to support legalisation easing USA ban on Marijuana

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

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. Gardner to sponsor a new legislation called The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, unveiled Thursday.

Asked Friday about a proposal that would reshape the nation's approach to pot, Trump said he would "probably end up supporting that". "We are happy he is backing this bill and we look forward to his continued support as we push for more comprehensive reforms and fair treatment for the cannabis industry".

Because marijuana is illegal at the federal level, cannabis companies face a number of financial obstacles - the biggest being their inability to use banks or bank services.

President Trump is signaling he's willing to support a move toward the legalization of marijuana, which would be a departure from the position of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

The bill would effectively set the minimum legal age for using marijuana at 21 nationwide.

In January, Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that urged federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal marijuana operations. Although he had said during the campaign that cannabis was an issue for states to decide, he was swept into office on a wave of Conservatism, and most Conservatives are against legalizing cannabis in any situation.

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. "This is the state deciding to change the law - and in that scenario, then the federal government says, fine".

Marijuana is now legal recreationally in nine states and Washington, D.C.; it's medically legal in 29 states.

Kevin Sabet, the founder of New Jersey Responsible Approaches to Marijuana Policy, which opposes legalization, said the "perceived" benefits of permitting recreational use would be outweighed by the negative consequences.

Medical marijuana is legal in more than two dozen states and recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C.

The bill represents the latest loop in a roller-coaster relationship Gardner has had with marijuana and the Trump administration since the start of the year. I don't think that's appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws.

Trump's support of the bill was expected since it is seen as the result of an agreement reached by the president and Gardner in April.

Health Minister Petitpas Taylor has said that, once the bill is passed, provinces and territories will need two to three months to prepare before retail sales of legal cannabis are actually available.

This week, Mr. Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old serving a life term in federal prison for a nonviolent drug conviction.

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