Monday, 15 October, 2018

Trump hints at supporting pro-medical marijuana bill

A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday
Patty Aguilar | 10 June, 2018, 02:17

President Trump said Friday that he's inclined to get behind a bipartian congressional bid to ease the US ban on marijuana, The Associated Press reported. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is aligned with Trump on several issues but recently has tangled with the administration over the Justice Department's threatened crackdowns on marijuana. Gardner has previously said Trump had promised he would support such legislation. "I know exactly what he's doing, we're looking at it".

The bill mandates that the federal Controlled Substances Act "shall not apply to any person acting in compliance" the marijuana legalization laws of their state. The bill would expressly overturn that policy.

Trump may choose to stay silent on the bill for the time being, but if it advances through Congress, he will be forced to take a position.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he "probably" will support a new congressional bill that would prevent the federal government from interfering with states that legalize marijuana. "NCSL continues to support states' sovereignty, respectively, to determine the best legislative path forward, free of preemption and federal overreach", NCSL Executive Director William Pound said.

The more modest Warren and Gardner bill seems more likely to pass Congress due to its emphasis on states' rights, which appeals to the conservatives that control both chambers, experts said. Phil Murphy and state lawmakers on whether to make New Jersey the ninth state to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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The bill would change the definition of marijuana in federal drug law to exclude industrial hemp, which like marijuana is part of the cannabis plant family but doesn't contain the THC that gives pot users the high. Some U.S. restrictions would remain, including recreational sales to people under 21. Trump's own former campaign adviser, Roger Stone, is now prominently in favor of regulated cannabis, and former House Speaker John Boehner has joined the board of a marijuana company.

But opponents of legalization cautioned that it would be premature to celebrate. Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD.

Gardner cut a deal with Trump to support the bill after a showdown over Justice Department nominees. "It's really about money".

Interested in the marijuana business industry? .

The lawyer noted that long-desired legal banking for pot businesses seems to be an aim of the bill.

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