"I know exactly what he's doing", Trump said of Gardner and Warren's, bill. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in the past year, which would federally legalize marijuana; it has gained the support of influential senators such as Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. "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".
Trump said he is likely to support the federal legalization effort despite a warning against it from the coalition of narcotics officer groups.
Most important, they say, the bill introduced Thursday - which gives states the authority to create their own marijuana laws - would open the door to banking for businesses by declaring that cannabis activities that comply with state rules do not constitute "trafficking" and their proceeds, therefore, are not the fruits of illegal transactions.
The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with about 30 states that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement system at the state and federal levels. "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".
In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from pursuing cases against people who were following pot laws in states like Colorado and MA that have legalized the drug. This move has possibly paved the way for a federal crackdown on legal marijuana. Last year, Mr. Sessions directed federal prosecutors to reverse former President Barack Obama's work to ease punishment in nonviolent drug cases.
"That forces a multi-billion dollar industry to operate all in cash, that's bad for business and bad for safety", said Sen. The bill, known as the STATES Act, would not legalize marijuana nationally. David Joyce, R-Ohio, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., giving it bipartisan support in both houses of Congress.
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California is now the world's largest legal recreational marijuana economy - created under a law that took effect this year - and is projected to grow to $7 billion in revenues.
Nine states have now legalized recreational marijuana and 29 others have legalized it for medical purposes. And it's defined as having a high potential for abuse and also having no accepted medical use, which obviously differs from laws in many states. "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".
The House of Commons MPs will now have to decide what to do about the the nearly four dozen amendments to Bill C-45 that were made in the Senate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been explicit in his hostility to legalization efforts.
He told reporters: 'I support Sen.
Several marijuana proposals are floating around Congress, including sweeping bills embraced by leading Democrats that would end federal prohibition for good and decriminalize marijuana nationwide.
President Trump made an announcement yesterday that has some pot smokers checking their hearing and "ganja-prenuers" jumping for joy.