President Trump signals support for legislation easing US ban on pot

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Nicholas Scutari announced the new bills just weeks ahead of a June 30 budget deadline that has upped the stakes since Murphy is banking on revenue from legalization to balance his fiscal 2019 spending pan.

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday he "probably" would support legislation that would allow states to decide for themselves whether marijuana should be legal.

Asked about the proposal by Republican Sen.

"The two of us", Warren said emphatically, as Gardner chuckled.

"I'd like to see it done sooner rather than later for a simple reason", Gardner, the first-term Colorado senator, told Jake Tapper on CNN.

Another co-sponsor of the measure, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, said in a statement that Washington "needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana". Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat. State and federal law enforcement could still target black market marijuana operations.

"We were not ordered to do anything other than the policies that we intend to carry out nationally", Sessions said. The bill by Gardner, R-Colo., and Warren, D-Mass., would force Washington to respect state laws on pot, from medical applications to recreational use.

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He said: 'I had a brother, Fred - great guy, best-looking guy, best personality, much better than mine.

Trump's support of a lift on the ban would bring in regulation of marijuana sales, and also allow scientists to pursue medical resrarch into its uses.

The measure would amend the controlled substances act so that the act no longer applies to people who follow state laws regarding marijuana. "Not putting words in the mouth of the White House, but I think this will be an opportunity for us to fulfill what is that federalism approach". That's the same category as heroin, as LSD.

California and eight other states, as well as Washington, DC, have legalised all adult use of marijuana.

California, home to one in eight Americans, launched the nation's largest legal marijuana marketplace on January 1 but thousands of businesses that have been licensed are still facing the threat of federal prosecution.

The House of Commons must now vote to accept or reject the amendments before sending the legislation back to the Senate. I know exactly what he's doing. "States like MA have put a lot of work into implementing common sense marijuana regulations - and they have the right to enforce their own marijuana policies". He says the conflict between state and federal law has created a public hypocricy. Now the president's saying that he likely will.

In January, Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo assuring state-regulated marijuana dealers that federal prosecutors would leave them alone if they followed state regulations meant to keep pot out of the hands of kids and money out of the hands of drug cartels.

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