Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

"I support Sen. Gardner", the president said before departing for the G-7 summit in Canada, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times". I know exactly what he's doing.

Trump suggested Friday he could get behind it, telling reporters, "We're looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes".

Their legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act to make it inapplicable in those states, federal territories, and tribal lands that have passed some form of marijuana legalization.

The bill would let state-legal marijuana businesses access banks, and operate free from federal interference. In January, he reversed an Obama administration policy that had eased up on federal marijuana enforcement in states with more permissive laws.

Motz says public safety and health are among his concerns about the legislation. The Kentucky Republican has consistently opposed legalizing marijuana but has called hemp and marijuana "two entirely separate plants". The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalization unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.

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.

Trump's comments Friday build on an earlier discussion he had with Gardner on marijuana. "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".

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. But Conservatives slowed the bill's Senate progress through the three "readings" that precede passage in that chamber.

Trump's support of the bill was expected since it is seen as the result of an agreement reached by the president and Gardner in April.

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

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.

But Donna Dasko, one of the two new senators, said she's spent years researching issues related to drug use and felt knowledgeable enough to vote on the bill without having sat through witness testimony and hours of debate.

This week, Mr. Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old serving a life term in federal prison for a nonviolent drug conviction.

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