U.S. Senators advising federal government to acknowledge state marijuana laws

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

A bipartisan effort in Congress to ease federal restrictions on cannabis, which President Trump said Friday he is inclined to support, would solve a few of the biggest problems facing the nascent industry in several states, experts say.

Trump was asked by a reporter what he thought of the proposed law as he headed to Quebec for the G7 summit.

Gardner said the bill had about four or six co-sponsors on the Senate side but admitted that there was a "significant education push we have to do" to garner more support. "I know exactly what he's doing", Trump said. "But I probably will end up supporting that".

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana use, but it remains a Schedule 1 drug, meaning the Drug Enforcement Agency considers it to have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

"That he was going to start enforcing federal law in places like MA that just overturned the prohibition on marijuana, it spurred us to more immediate action", Senator Warren told 22News.

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. "Thanks to the attorney general, more people feel the urgency of the moment in changing federal law on marijuana".

The law would help cannabis companies that now function as all-cash businesses and struggle to work with banks due to federal laws. "So part of the pitch here for getting a vote through Congress is to say 'This is for the states who want to act'".

The Senate voted 56-30 on third reading of Bill C-45, which would lift Canada's 95-year-old prohibition on the recreational use of marijuana.

Gardner blocked a series of Trump appointments to the Department of Justice until Trump promised to back off Colorado's drug regime in April.

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

Despite its lack of specificity on some key issues, the Warren-Gardner marijuana reform bill is considered by many to be a first step forward in marijuana legislation reform and a possible compromise amenable to entrenched interests on both sides.

Canadian marijuana companies like Canopy Growth Corp, Aphria Inc, Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF and Aurora Cannabis Inc have been at the center of investor frenzy surrounding attempts to legalize marijuana for recreational use nationwide.

And as a reminder, under federal law right now marijuana is a Schedule I substance. A bipartisan House companion bill, sponsored by Reps. "He talked about his support for a state's rights approach during the campaign".

SHAPIRO: But this is hardly the first time the president and his attorney general have disagreed on something.

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