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President Trump May Support States Setting Marijuana Policy
President Donald Trump told reporters today that he would likely support congressional efforts to end the federal ban on marijuana, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Thursday introduced the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act” as part of a bipartisan effort to amend the Controlled Substances Act and allow states to regulate marijuana without interference from the federal government.
“It’s time to reform American’s outdated marijuana policies, Warren wrote in a Twitter post Thursday.
On Friday, prior to boarding a helicopter for the G-7 Summit in Canada, Trump told reporters: “I support Sen. Gardner. I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”
The move would have a significant impact on the marijuana industry, including allowing businesses to receive bank loans or set up bank accounts without fear of seizure by the government.
Trump’s potential support of the bill would put him at odds with Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions, who in January rescinded Obama-era Department of Justice protections for states in which cannabis is legal while simultaneously calling for stricter enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
Voters in nine states and Washington, D.C., have approved adult recreational use of marijuana, while 29 states have legalized medical marijuana.
In other marijuana regulatory news, on Monday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed a bill that would have permitted licensed marijuana tasting rooms, according to the Denver Post.
“We are concerned that marijuana use at consumption establishments could result in additional impaired or intoxicated drivers on our roadways,” Hickenlooper wrote in the announcement of the veto. “This bill also poses public health risks. Allowing vaporization of marijuana in confined spaces poses a significant health risk