Pres. Trump signals support for legislation easing United States ban on pot


President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One as he arrives for the G-7 summit in Canada on June 8.

The senators say they have bipartisan support in the Senate and the House of Representatives for the bill.

Medical marijuana is legal in more than two dozen states and recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C.

The bill, nicknamed the STATES Act, would require states, territories and tribes to abide by certain restrictions to qualify for protection from federal law enforcement, including a minimum age for marijuana sales and restrictions on selling the drug at highway rest stops. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo. Gardner has previously said Trump had promised he would support such legislation.

That would put Trump at odds with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in January rescinded an Obama-era policy that allowed states to legalize cannabis. "We're looking at it".

"Hopefully President Trump's support will be enough to convince House and Senate leaders to at least allow a vote on this bill", he said. Gardner. I know exactly what he's doing. His press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has said his evolution on the policy is a result of Mr. Trump believing in "enforcing federal law". Cory Gardner of Colorado, is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) charged with winning elections and strengthening the GOP's majority in the Senate.

Despite the growing number of states legalizing marijuana, the US government still has the right to prosecute people who violate marijuana-related federal crimes, causing confusion for states and the citizens who are lawfully abiding by their state's law.

"This is a states' right issue", Gardner said in a statement Friday.

The bill would remove industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana and clarify that state-legal marijuana transactions do not constitute trafficking, an attempt to address banking and finance barriers the federally-illegal marijuana industry faces.

Trump has sent mixed signals on the drug: While campaigning for president, he pledged to respect states that legalized marijuana, but he also has criticized legalization and implied it should be stopped. I don't think that's appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws. Elizabeth Warren of MA.

For years, major banks and other financial institutions have refused to open accounts for legal marijuana growers and retailers due to federal prohibition, forcing entrepreneurs to do business with large amounts of cash.