State's Rights Bill on Marijuana Threatens to Divide Trump Administration

Senators announce bill to protect states' ability to make marijuana laws

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

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.

"I'd like to see it done sooner rather than later for a simple reason", Gardner, the first-term Colorado senator, told Jake Tapper on CNN.

We knew that the Canadian Senate was set to vote on CA-45, the Cannabis Act, on June 7th, and while the measure was expected to pass, there's always a twinge of fear that something might go wrong, especially when you're fighting against decades of Reefer Madness propaganda that still plagues us today.

"We're looking at it", Trump said.

Trump's comment "is a big deal", says Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a pro-legalization group.

Twenty-nine states already allow medical marijuana, and nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

"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. And the bill would give states more latitude to write their own laws when it comes to the production, distribution and possession of marijuana.

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He also felicitated his Chinese counterpart on successful conduct of the SCO Summit in China and wished it a resounding success. Gokhale also said that the bilateral meeting between the two leaders, on the sidelines of the SCO summit, was "positive".

There are two exceptions, however: the prohibition of endangering human life while manufacturing a controlled substance and the prohibition of employing persons under age 18 in marijuana operations. "States like MA have put a lot of work into implementing common sense marijuana regulations - and they have the right to enforce their own marijuana policies". Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, to let states determine how to regulate marijuana within their borders.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana during his 2015 general election campaign.

At a Thursday press conference regarding the new bill, Gardner said he had spoken to the president about the legislation.

But about a dozen are significant, including one to allow provinces to prohibit home cultivation of cannabis if they choose, rather than accept the four marijuana plants per dwelling allowed under the bill. My view is clear: "The federal law remains in effect nationwide, just as it does for heroin and cocaine".

"It's a historic night for Canada in terms of progressive health policy and social policy", said independent Sen.

Industry officials also have told Marijuana Business Daily over the past few months that Trump's assurances don't mean much because he changes his mind so often and further note that Sessions and the Justice Department operate independently of the White House. "We need to fix this public hypocrisy", he said. David Joyce, R-Ohio, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., giving it bipartisan support in both houses of Congress.

"The STATES Act is a first step toward ending the harms of marijuana prohibition", said Jolene Forman, staff attorney at the Drug Policy Alliance. "But if the STATES Act is interpreted literally, she would now be criminally liable under federal law".

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