Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

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Gardner", Trump said. "I know exactly what he's doing.

Trump suggested Friday he could get behind it, telling reporters, "We're looking at it".

Along with guarding states' right for regulating marijuana, the bill would also remove industrial hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act, taking the non-psychoactive strain of cannabis used to make fabric, construction materials and more out of the legal gray area that's held the industry back for decades.

The president's remarks place him in conflict with his own Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who staunchly opposes marijuana. "Thanks to the attorney general, more people feel the urgency of the moment in changing federal law on marijuana".

"It's a really elegant solution", said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, an advocacy group for hundreds of marijuana farmers, business owners and patients in the state. I would defer to Canadian advocates on the ground, but I hope that the Senate gets forced to vote again on the Cannabis Act as amendments that outlaw branding and could prohibit home cultivation are stripped from the law. The bill, known as the STATES Act, would not legalize marijuana nationally.

In April, Gardner said President Trump had promised to support such a proposal, in an apparent break with Sessions. His press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, has said his evolution on the policy is a result of Mr. Trump believing in "enforcing federal law".

The sale of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Medical use of marijuana is legal in all but four states. Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD.

"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.

In addition to it's introduction to the Senate, the bill is sponsored by Reps.

"My legislation is in line with what President Trump said on the campaign and what he and I have discussed several times since he was elected", Gardner said in a statement Friday. "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".

That growing support for legalized marijuana has emboldened members of Congress to put forth even more aggressive and sweeping marijuana reform bills.

Health Minister Petitpas Taylor has said that, once the bill is passed, provinces and territories will need two to three months to prepare before the retail sales of legal marijuana.

President Trump has taken a hard line against drugs.

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