Asked Friday about a proposal that would reshape the nation’s approach to pot, Trump said he would “probably end up supporting that”.
“The legislation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use would eliminate the draconian laws and penalties now in place and improve social justice issues in urban areas”, Scutari said. President Trump has previously indicated that he would support such a bill, setting the stage for a potential showdown with the Justice Department and one of his least favorite employees: Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Concerns about federal law enforcement seizures have inhibited most lenders from working with cannabis businesses. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Republican Sen. The senator opposed legalization at the time but has since defended Colorado’s legal marijuana industry from federal meddling.
The state is moving toward legalizing the drug under Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who while on the campaign trail promised to authorize recreational cannabis, but the Legislature has not moved on the issue beyond hearings and introducing legislation.
Sessions has also said he believes that the marijuana legalization movement is a serious contributing factor in the country’s opioid crisis and overdose deaths.
“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. Gardner”, Trump said. “I know exactly what he’s doing. “We are happy he is backing this bill and we look forward to his continued support as we push for more comprehensive reforms and fair treatment for the cannabis industry”. “But I probably will end up supporting that, yes”.
Rainey was referring to bipartisan legislation introduced in 2017 by Sen.
“This is a bill that says the states are laboratories of democracy”, Gardner told Tapper.
The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some US restrictions would remain, including recreational sales to people under 21.
On Thursday, the legalization advocacy group NORML, which helped to craft the bill with Warren and Gardner, released a letter detailing 55 advocacy organizations which have expressed their support for its passage. Gardner blocked nominees after Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo in January.
The bill, known as the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act, or STATES Act, has also garnered support in the House from Reps.
Because of federal regulations, most marijuana businesses are barred from traditional banks and opening lines of credit. That forces much of the industry to operate on an all-cash basis, presenting serious concerns over theft and making tax collection hard.