President Donald Trump left the door open Friday on whether he will back a bipartisan effort to shield states that have legalized marijuana for recreational and medical purposes from federal crackdowns. The bill is known as Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act and deals with marijuana legalization in states. Cory Gardner and Elizabeth Warren. The president said, "I support Sen". Gardner. I know exactly what he's doing; we're looking at it. They want to make sure the federal government does not interfere with states' rights.
"Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, two territories and a number of tribes have legalized marijuana in some form", Sen.
Sessions, a seasoned drug warrior who hates marijuana, has rescinded an Obama-era memo that generally protected legal marijuana businesses from federal raids, and asked lawmakers to ditch a longstanding policy that has prevented federal law enforcement from interfering with the medical marijuana industry.
The president's remarks place him in conflict with his own Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who staunchly opposes marijuana. It is among 46 states that have laws permitting or decriminalizing marijuana or marijuana-based products.
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.
Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner MP Glen Motz says he is concerned there won't be enough debate on the amendments to the bill.
Conservative suspicions were further fuelled by the fact that two senators appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday were sworn in Thursday in time to vote for the bill - something Conservative Sen. "This is not a legalization bill".
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In response, Gardner, a member of Senate leadership as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said he would no longer block confirmation of Trump's nominees to several Justice Department posts.
"We were not ordered to do anything other than the policies that we intend to carry out nationally", Sessions said.
Gardner's home state of Colorado was one of the first to legalize marijuana, in 2012.
Gardner said federal finance laws are creating challenges for business owners in the marijuana industry, despite the state collecting the taxes without issue. He says the conflict between state and federal law has created a public hypocricy. That's a question that won't be answered until Congress passes the legislation.
California and eight other states, as well as Washington, DC, have legalised all adult use of marijuana.
Once signed, the STATES Act would finally free cannabis companies to operate as normal businesses.