Trump says he is likely to support ending federal ban on cannabis

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would likely support a federal bill to end the national ban on marijuana. Gardner to sponsor a new legislation called The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act. "I think in the previous conversation we had he talked about the need to solve this conflict between state and federal law", Gardner says. "I know exactly what he's doing", Trump said.

Trump suggested Friday he could get behind it, telling reporters, "We're looking at it".

The lawmakers say the bill would also pave the way for more marijuana-related research in states that have legalized pot. Jeff Sessions - overturned an Obama administration policy that told federal law enforcement not to target marijuana operations in states.

Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.

Ever since Donald Trump took office as 45th president of the United States, cannabis industry entrepreneurs, as well as ordinary cannabis users, have anxious that the Trump administration might punish them for buying, selling, growing, or using marijuana.

The bill would also prohibit marijuana distribution at places such as rest areas and truck stops.

MCCAMMON: And it's worth noting that during the 2016 campaign Trump said he was in favor of states' rights when it comes to marijuana laws.

"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.

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". A total of 29 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

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. "Now Congress must do its part and swiftly move forward on this bipartisan legislation".

The senators came together to discuss legislation that would protect the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug.

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.

But his words have put him on a collision course with anti-narcotics group, who said to him Thursday: 'We urge you to see through the smoke screen and reject attempts to encourage more drug use in America'.

"That forces a multi-billion dollar industry to operate all in cash, that's bad for business and bad for safety", said Sen.

It also seeks to address financial issues caused by the current federal prohibition by stating that compliant transactions are not trafficking and do not result in proceeds of an unlawful transaction. The STATES Act is the product of that effort.

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