Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

Cory Gardner and Massachusetts Democratic Sen.

Donald Trump has said he will support congressional efforts to end the federal ban on marijuana.

Sessions has also said he believes that the marijuana legalization movement is a serious contributing factor in the country's opioid crisis and overdose deaths.

President Donald Trump says he's inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the US ban on marijuana.

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 letter laments the Trump administration's pulling a 2013 Department of Justice memo that pushed federal drug enforcement away from operations that were compliant with state laws. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) would amend the federal ban on cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act to allow states to legalize within their borders without federal interference. However, it's available for recreational use in nine states and the District of Columbia. A total of 29 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

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The Colorado Republican and Warren noted that the "Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States", or STATES Act, comes in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' January decision to rescind the memo that directed USA attorneys to not prosecute marijuana crimes in states where the drug had been legalized. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters following a weekly, closed-door strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. I know exactly what he's doing, ' Trump told reporters in Washington, when asked about the legislation.

"We're looking at it", Trump said. "But, I probably will end up supporting that, yes". "But I probably will end up supporting that".

President Trump during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House on Thrusday. I support Sen. Gardner. "He talked about his support for a state's rights approach during the campaign".

"We can not talk about our country's approach to marijuana policy without addressing the widespread discrimination these policies foster within our criminal justice system - discrimination that has devastated communities of color for generations", Warren said.

But even with bipartisan support, the bill still faces opposition.

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. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., that would prohibit federal banking regulators from terminating or limiting the deposit insurance to legitimate marijuana-related businesses or discouraging depository institutions from offering financial services to an account holder exclusively because of affiliation with such businesses.

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