Recreational Marijuana Bill Passes In Canadian Senate


Nugs of marijuana await packaging at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company near Shelton

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday he "probably" would support legislation that would allow states to decide for themselves whether marijuana should be legal.

Asked if he supported the bill, Trump said: "I really do". "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".

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

He told reporters: 'I support Sen.

In January, Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo assuring state-regulated marijuana dealers that federal prosecutors would leave them alone if they followed state regulations meant to keep pot out of the hands of kids and money out of the hands of drug cartels.

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

Gardner says the bill will protect public safety by giving legitimate marijuana businesses acccess to banking.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has criticized Gardner, whose state was the first to legalize marijuana, for his support for permissive marijuana laws. Gardner described marijuana legalization as a matter of states' rights.

Sen. Tony Dean, an Independent from Ontario, said Thursday's vote was historic and that the legislation is created to combat social ills such as high rates of youth consumption and the criminalization of those who possess the drug, particularly young indigenous people.

Marijuana legalization opponents also noted the significance of the bill.

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At a Thursday press conference regarding the new bill, Gardner said he had spoken to the president about the legislation. That left cannabis users in my home state of Washington confused because the medical and recreational industries have been combined here, and there are no longer any non-recreational dispensaries.

Marijuana is considered an illegal, Schedule I substance by the federal government.

"We should trust the people of the states, like OH, who have voted to implement responsible common-sense regulations and requirements for the use, production, and sale of cannabis", said Representative Joyce said in a statement.

Warren, announcing the legislation this week, said the federal prohibitions have "perpetuated a broken criminal justice system, created barriers to research, and hindered economic development". An additional 20 states permit marijuana for medical use. This odd reality in which selling a joint could land you in jail under federal law and give you a paycheck under state law may not last forever. The senator then spent several months in conversation with the White House, attempting to craft legislation that could win the president's support.

"The legislation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use would eliminate the draconian laws and penalties now in place and improve social justice issues in urban areas", Scutari said. The STATES Act is the product of that effort.

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