Pres. Trump signals support for legislation easing US ban on pot

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

New Bipartisan Bill Could End Federal Laws Prohibiting Marijuana

Trump made the remarks ahead of his departure for this weekend's G7 summit in Quebec.

A bill that would protect state marijuana laws from federal interference received a major plug on Friday when President Donald Trump said he likely would back the measure - introduced a day earlier by U.S. Sens.

But before Trump can sign anything, the bill, of course, must make it through Congress. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has said recently that he opposes federal marijuana legalization.

Lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation that would end federal marijuana prohibition in states that have legalized cannabis products for medical and recreational use.

The bill would ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders, and respect their voters' decisions on cannabis use. Recreational pot sales started on January 1, 2014 and has become a billion-dollar industry in the state.

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

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The Senate has approved legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but with almost four dozen amendments.

"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. "I know exactly what he's doing, we're looking at it". "I think it's the attorney general who gave us the impetus to bring our colleagues together to change the law in this area", Warren told Rolling Stone. Cory Gardner of Colorado. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), would reshape the legal landscape for marijuana. State and federal law enforcement could still target black market marijuana operations.

He said 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.

The bipartisan bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to include a framework that says it no longer applies to those following state, territory or tribal laws "relating to the manufacture, production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of [marijuana]".

Legal marijuana is expected to bring in over $6 billion in business.

She noted, for instance, marijuana companies are legally barred from depositing funds they derive from their business can not be deposited in federally insured banks.

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