Canada Senate Gives Approval to Marijuana Legalization

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Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD.

President Donald Trump has signaled support for legislation easing federal intervention in states with legalized marijuana, Gardner said.

In addition to exempting state-legal MJ businesses from federal drug laws, the Warren-Gardner bill would effectively permit such companies to take ordinary tax deductions and put their money in federally insured banks.

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

For his part, Sessions told Colorado Public Radio that he was excluded from conversations between Trump and Gardner. It also amends federal law to explicitly remove industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.

Warren expressed support for legalization during her 2016 re-election campaign in MA, whose residents voted to legalize the drug that year.

Under a bill they introduced, federal law will still apply in states that have not legalized marijuana but, states that have, like Colorado, would now be exempt from the federal Controlled Substances Act which criminalizes pot.

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House Friday morning for the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump said, "I probably will end up supporting" bipartisan legislation that would give states wide latitude over marijuana regulation.

That action led Sen.

He said he supports it now and will "probably" support it going forward.

The letter, signed by Trump, read "this decision is a return of discretion to federal prosecutors, who know where and how to deploy their resources most effectively to reduce violent crime, stem the tide of the drug crisis, and dismantle criminal gangs". Coming out in favor of the bill could further sour his already troubled relationship with Sessions, who left the president fuming a year ago when he recused himself from the federal probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, despite Trump's orders. A total of 29 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

California and eight other states, as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized all adult use of marijuana. "This bipartisan proposal clears the way for states to develop their own marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention".

The legislation would also clarify that financial transactions with legal marijuana businesses do not constitute drug trafficking.

Prohibits the distribution of marijuana at transportation safety facilities such as rest areas and truck stops.

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