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Trump signals support for legislation easing US ban on marijuana

Trump signals support for legislation easing US ban on marijuana

The legislation would allow states to pursue liberalized marijuana policies as they see fit, they said. This odd reality in which selling a joint could land you in jail under federal law and give you a paycheck under state law may not last forever. In January he rescinded Obama-era guidelines that deprioritized enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized it.

Senator Warren took to Twitter to promote the bill in a series of social media posts, writing that the "federal government's marijuana policies are broken, outdated, and disregard the rights of states like MA & CO that have taken their own thoughtful approaches".

The bill must now go back to the House of Commons, where the government will decide whether to approve, reject or modify the changes before returning it to the Senate for another vote.

In response to that decision, Garnder threatened to hold up future nominations for positions in the Department of Justice.

Gardner introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act with progressive firebrand Sen. "But I probably will end up supporting that, yes", he said.

While preparing to board Marine One on Friday, President Trump briefly expressed his support for the recently introduced STATES Act, which would allow states to choose whether or not to legalize marijuana.

"I really do", Trump said.

The more modest Warren and Gardner bill seems more likely to pass Congress due to its emphasis on states' rights, which appeals to the conservatives that control both chambers, experts said. "I have talked to the president about this bill", he said. Quebec and Manitoba have already chosen to prohibit home-grown weed, but the amendment would erase the possibility of legal challenges to their constitutional authority to do so.

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MI is the only state to vote on recreational marijuana this year (similar to Colorado's existing recreational marijuana laws), while Utah, Oklahoma and Missouri will vote on legalizing medical marijuana, according to NORML, a marijuana reform advocacy group.

The department has moved to crack down on the laws to decriminalize and legalize marijuana.

A total of 105 businesses have been authorized to grow marijuana and offer pot-based products.

Some banks have been wary to offer services to pot businesses even in states where the substance is legal due to the federal prohibition. Marijuana businesses still couldn't employ anyone under age 18 and couldn't distrubute marijuana at places like rest areas and truck stops, which are hubs for traffickers.

Sessions has been known for his vocal opposition to marijuana legalization, calling it a "very real danger" during his Senate confirmation hearing, and saying, "Good people don't smoke marijuana".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long held a hardline stance on marijuana.

Mike Ludwig is a Truthout reporter.