Trump supports ending marijuana ban, setting up friction with Sessions

A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday

A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday

"He talked about his support for a state's rights approach during the campaign".

"By supporting legislation introduced by Senators Gardner and Warren, the Trump administration is basically signaling their allowance of state-regulated marijuana programs", said Paul.

"Because of the one-size-fits-all federal prohibition, state decisions like this put Colorado and other states at odds with the federal government", Gardner said at a news conference.

"I support Sen. Gardner", the president said before departing for the G-7 summit in Canada, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times. I know exactly what he's doing", Trump told reporters.

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

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The president's remarks place him in conflict with his own Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who staunchly opposes marijuana. "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 bad".

The proposal's prospects in Congress were unclear. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also reportedly promised to permit a vote on the legislation. It also amends federal law to explicitly remove industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.

Gardner is co-sponsoring the legislation with Massachusetts Sen.

Meanwhile, the commission, along with advocates and critics alike, are watching neighboring states as they have legalized recreational marijuana.

In a high-level endorsement Friday, President Donald Trump told reporters he "probably will end up supporting" the Warren-Gardner bill.

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Gardner says the bill will protect public safety by giving legitimate marijuana businesses acccess to banking.

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

The bill, Warren argued, is a "practical" move for marijuana reform that will "respect the voters in those states".

When he revoked the Obama-era rules, Sessions said his new guidance on federal marijuana enforcement "simply directs all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country".

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.

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She noted, for instance, marijuana companies are legally barred from depositing funds they derive from their business can not be deposited in federally insured banks.

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