State's Rights Bill on Marijuana Threatens to Divide Trump Administration

  • State's Rights Bill on Marijuana Threatens to Divide Trump Administration

State's Rights Bill on Marijuana Threatens to Divide Trump Administration

Earlier this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy of not enforcing the federal marijuana ban in states that had voted to legalize the drug for medicinal or recreational use, allowing federal prosecutors in each state to use their own discretion.

The President of the United States has shockingly announced he most likely will stand behind a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana, a huge step that would reshape the cannabis industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown. "The president has a unique opportunity to get behind historic legislation that enjoys solid support on both sides of the political spectrum", he said in a statement.

Co-sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen.

Warren introduced the bill alongside Colorado Sen.

The Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not support the legalization. "So part of the pitch here for getting a vote through Congress is to say 'This is for the states who want to act'".

Warren said the goal of the legislation is to "ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders".

Marijuana is considered an illegal, Schedule I substance by the federal government.

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

The Bill C-45 was first introduced in the Senate and given first reading on November 28, 2017 after it was passed in the House of Commons on November 27. I don't think that's appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws. "But I probably will end up supporting that". It would follow in the footsteps of Uruguay, which legalized recreational use in 2013, and nine U.S. states. Instead, it will protect people who choose to use the drug as long as they follow state and local laws on the matter.

Warren said current federal prohibition on marijuana impedes effective marijuana treatments for medical patients and unjustly targets minority communities. Medical use of marijuana is legal in all but four states.

The many amendments added by the senate - and which will now be considered by MPs - reflect some of this opposition, such as tighter restrictions on advertising by cannabis companies and allowing provinces to prohibit home cultivation.

At a Thursday press conference regarding the new bill, Gardner said he had spoken to the president about the legislation.