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

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

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

Their legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act to make it inapplicable in those states, federal territories, and tribal lands that have passed some form of marijuana legalization.

"While Senator Gardner is calling this a "states" rights' approach, this bill essentially amounts to the federal legalization of marijuana", said Kevin Sabet, president of the anti-cannabis group Smart Approaches to Marijuana or SAM.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., announced Thursday bipartisan legislation that would give states the right to legalize or decriminalize marijuana within their borders without federal interference.

Gardner blocked a series of Trump appointments to the Department of Justice until Trump promised to back off Colorado's drug regime in April.

"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.

When reporters asked about his support for the legislation, Trump said "I really do", just before he boarded a helicopter on his way to the G7 summit in Canada.

"We're looking at it", Trump said.

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But the bill would not eliminate the long-standing federal prohibition on marijuana, even though 61 percent of Americans now support legalizing weed - double the support from 2000, according to a Pew Research survey from earlier this year.

"We can not talk about our country's approach to marijuana policy without addressing the widespread discrimination these policies foster within our criminal justice system - discrimination that has devastated communities of color for generations", Warren said.

The proposal's prospects in Congress were unclear. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Rolling Stone he still disagrees with attempts to legalize marijuana. Hemp produces the non-intoxicating cannabinoids, or CBDs, that have become a health rage and a lucrative crop in Kentucky and other states.

His comments came a day after Democratic Sen.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

Some doubt was cast over Trump's support of the measure on Thursday when the Washington Post reported that the president had sent a letter supporting Sessions recession of the Cole memo to Kevin Sabet, the president of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

During his presidential campaign, Mr. Trump said the enforcement of marijuana laws was a state issue.

"I have talked to the president about this bill", Gardner said.