Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Fed Marijuana Bill Unveiled By Sen. Elizabeth Warren And Colorado Republican

Fed Marijuana Bill Unveiled By Sen. Elizabeth Warren And Colorado Republican

The top Republican sponsoring the bill, Sen.

The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act was introduced by U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of MA, said in a statement that Washington "needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana".

"The majority of states now regulate marijuana use and more than six out of ten voters endorse legalizing the plant's use by adults, making it time for the federal government to no longer stand in the way of this progress at the state level", he said in a statement.

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

"No legitimate business should be blocked from basic banking services - but that's exactly what's happening to law-abiding marijuana businesses", Warren tweeted on Thursday.

On Friday, Trump was speaking to the media as he left the White House for a world leaders' summit in Canada when a reporter shouted the question: "Do you support Senator Gardner's marijuana federalism bill?" It also amends federal law to explicitly remove industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana. But the bill would legalize the drug in states that choose to do so.

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

"Given that this bill is being co-led by Sen".

'I support Senator Gardner. That legislation was passed in the House of Assembly before it closed for summer break in May.

"We were not ordered to do anything other than the policies that we intend to carry out nationally", Sessions said.

Trump's embrace of the bill is just another blow to his attorney general, who has been a longtime opponent of marijuana.

The two senators announced a partnership on the legislation in April in an effort to hold Trump to his word about favoring a states-rights approach to recreational pot, a position he voiced during the 2016 presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump delivered another blow to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday morning, when he told reporters he would support new bipartisan marijuana legislation.

"States like MA have put a lot of work into implementing commonsense marijuana regulations-and they have the right to enforce their own marijuana policies", Warren said. The Gardner-Warren bill would lift that restriction.

Gardner's home state of Colorado was one of the first to legalize marijuana, in 2012. Medical marijuana is already legal in Canada.

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