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President Trump Expresses Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Fix

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Melinda Barton | 10 June, 2018, 02:17

He lifted an Obama administration policy and freed federal prosecutors to more aggressively pursue cases in states that have legalized marijuana.

"We just want the federal government to get out of the way", Warren said. "I think in the previous conversation we had he talked about the need to solve this conflict between state and federal law", Gardner says. It's still up to the states to legalize bud, and recreational weed can only be sold to people 21 and over.

Gardner was critical of the move at the time.

President Trump said he likely will support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on cannabis, a major step that would reshape the industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown.

Gardner introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act with progressive firebrand Sen.

Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, unveiled legislation that would make state-legal marijuana programs exempt from federal drug laws - in effect also resolving banking and taxation issues that have been nagging the MJ industry.

Sign up for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. "With its bipartisan backing in the Senate, it symbolically signals the eventual end of marijuana prohibition at the federal level". The sponsors say patients will not be required to go only to the dispensary where they are registered and could go to any treatment center.

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.

New Hampshire has a commission charged with studying marijuana legalization, regulation, and taxation. This would protect both businesses and individual users, as long as they follow state rules around marijuana use and distribution.

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. In fact, it is in the individual states where the most progress toward legalization has been realized and where efforts are focused this year.

The bill also does not provide guidance if the federal government disagrees with the specifics of a state law, such as if a state allowed minors to use marijuana or allowed a dispensary within close proximity to a school.