Trump Signals Support for Legislation Easing US Ban on Marijuana

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

Justin Strekal, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the bill introduced this week falls within the parameters of what Trump told Gardner he would support during their discussion in April.

As the USA president was leaving Washington, D.C., Friday to attend the G-7 summit meeting in Canada, he suggested that perhaps it was time to bring Russian Federation back into the group that expelled it four years ago following the invasion of Ukraine. "We're looking at it, but we'll probably end up supporting that, yes". "But I probably will end up supporting that".

President Trump said today that he is likely to support a bipartisan bill that would change federal law to make it easier for states to legalize marijuana.

"Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, two territories and a number of tribes have legalized marijuana in some form", Sen.

It would also allow the federal government and the provinces to levy taxes on legal weed sales amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

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The law would help cannabis companies that now function as all-cash businesses and struggle to work with banks due to federal laws.

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

Asked about the measure in an interview with Colorado Public Radio, Sessions said, "We'll see how far it goes and how much support there is". Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Canadians will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for personal use while those who sell or give marijuana to minors or who drive under its influence will face stiff penalties. He said there are concerns about the criminal justice part of the bill and cost of legalization, though he did not specify which costs. My view is clear: "The federal law remains in effect nationwide, just as it does for heroin and cocaine". A bipartisan House companion bill, sponsored by Reps. Trump could easily decide, once he's reviewed the proposed law more closely, that he doesn't want to support it after all, especially if doing so might threaten his standing with the people who helped elect him. Gardner described marijuana legalization as a matter of states' rights.

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