Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Canada's Senate Votes for Weed as G-7 Convenes

Canada's Senate Votes for Weed as G-7 Convenes

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

Marijuana would be legal federally in states that already have approved the drug's use under a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sens.

Trump was asked by a reporter what he thought of the proposed law as he headed to Quebec for the G7 summit.

"I really do. I support Senator Gardner", Trump added.

Trump suggested Friday he could get behind it, telling reporters, "We're looking at it. NCSL continues to support states' sovereignty, respectively, to determine the best legislative path forward, free of preemption and federal overreach", NCSL Executive Director William Pound said.

In the US, 46 states and several territories have legalized marijuana in some fashion but the drug remains illegal under federal law.

"That he was going to start enforcing federal law in places like MA that just overturned the prohibition on marijuana, it spurred us to more immediate action", Senator Warren told 22News.

Cory Gardner, a Republican who has been critical of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's revocation of Department of Justice guidance that generally protected state-legal marijuana. In January, Sessions overturned an Obama-era rule that told federal agencies to leave states that had legalised marijuana alone.

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Canada's Senate voted 56-30 on Thursday in favor of legalize marijuana for recreational use.

In April, Gardner said President Trump had promised to support such a proposal, in an apparent break with Sessions. But, he said, "We view its structure and substance as a clear signal that the broader policy trajectory is bending towards a clarification of federal cannabis policy". The senator opposed legalization at the time but has since defended Colorado's legal marijuana industry from federal meddling.

With Trump's seeming endorsement of the legislation, drug reformers eyes now move to Congress, where either Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Speaker Paul Ryan could stall the bill. "I think it's the attorney general who gave us the impetus to bring our colleagues together to change the law in this area", Warren told Rolling Stone.

The House of Commons must now vote to accept or reject the amendments before sending the legislation back to the Senate.

MCCAMMON: And it's worth noting that during the 2016 campaign Trump said he was in favor of states' rights when it comes to marijuana laws.

Despite harsh differences on trade and Russia, President Donald Trump may find the atmosphere at this weekend's Group of Seven meeting pretty mellow.

That growing support for legalized marijuana has emboldened members of Congress to put forth even more aggressive and sweeping marijuana reform bills.

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