Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
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NJ legislation would legalize marijuana, expand medical pot | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

NJ legislation would legalize marijuana, expand medical pot | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Justin Strekal, political director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the bill introduced this week falls within the parameters of what Trump told Gardner he would support during their discussion in April. The bill is known as Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act and deals with marijuana legalization in states. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Republican Sen. "I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana - so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less very bad. We're looking at it, but I probably will end up supporting that, yes". "But I probably will end up supporting that, yes". The bill would also protect banks that work with state-legal marijuana businesses.

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. The bill, which amends portions of the Controlled Substances Act, also states that buying or selling pot will not be considering drug trafficking. For example, the sale of marijuana would be prohibited at rest areas and truck stops, according to a bill summary. "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".

Bud Scott, president of the trade group New Health Solutions Oklahoma, said the president's comments make medical marijuana look like a more solid investment. "It would essentially codify the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment [which forbids the Justice Department from spending money going after state-legal medical marijuana efforts] but extend that" to states that have legalized recreational pot.

Speaking to Colorado Public Radio on Friday, Sessions said so far Trump has not told him to back off of enforcing marijuana laws.

"Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, and they're broken", Warren said at the press conference.

"The STATES Act is the most significant piece of marijuana-related legislation ever introduced in Congress", said Don Murphy, conservative outreach director for the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project. The bill in question, that is being campaigned by a bipartisan coalition, which would allow states to go carry onward with legalization unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.

"President Trump made a commitment to Senator Gardner that he would support a federalist approach to state marijuana laws".

Senators have voted to pass the Trudeau government's landmark legislation to lift Canada's 95-year-old prohibition on recreational cannabis by a vote of 56 to 30 with one abstention.

Once signed, the STATES Act would finally free cannabis companies to operate as normal businesses.

"We have a government that had the will to try to bring a sophisticated, complex approach to a complex policy challenge", Dean said in an interview.

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