President Trump seemingly backs pot bill supporting states’ rights

President Trump seemingly backs pot bill supporting states’ rights

President Trump said Friday that he's inclined to get behind a bipartian congressional bid to ease the USA ban on marijuana, The Associated Press reported.

MI is the only state to vote on recreational marijuana this year (similar to Colorado's existing recreational marijuana laws), while Utah, Oklahoma and Missouri will vote on legalizing medical marijuana, according to NORML, a marijuana reform advocacy group.

The two senators announced a partnership on the legislation in April in an effort to hold Trump to his word about favoring a states-rights approach to recreational pot, a position he voiced during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Instead, it allows the principle of federalism to prevail as the founding fathers intended and leaves the marijuana question up to the states", Mr. Gardner said in a Twitter post on Thursday.

When asked about the bipartisan bill, President Trump said, "I support Sen".

When he revoked the Obama-era rules, Sessions said his new guidance on federal marijuana enforcement "simply directs all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country". The bill by Gardner, R-Colo., and Warren, D-Mass., would force Washington to respect state laws on pot, from medical applications to recreational use. "We're looking at it".

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He told reporters: 'I support Sen. "But I probably will end up supporting that". Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD.

Several marijuana proposals are floating around Congress, including sweeping bills embraced by leading Democrats that would end federal prohibition for good and decriminalize marijuana nationwide.

For his part, Sessions told Colorado Public Radio that he was excluded from conversations between Trump and Gardner.

The president hinted that he may endorse the measure, adding that he supports Gardner's efforts to address the discrepancy between state and federal marijuana statutes, which has impacted the industry's access to banking, among other things.

Could legal marijuana solve America's opioid crisis? After Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo protections for legal states in January, Gardner held up votes on all remaining Justice Department nominations until Trump promised to support states' right to legalize marijuana.

He said in a statement released Thursday that the federal government "is closing its eyes and plugging its ears" to spreading legalization, but Washington should not interfere with any state's legal marijuana market.

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