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Recreational Marijuana Bill Passes In Canadian Senate

10 June 2018

Trump made his comments to a gaggle of reporters Friday morning just before he boarded a helicopter on his way to the G-7 summit in Canada.

Donald Trump confirmed his interest in the bipartisan bill that would legalize marijuana on a federal level.

MI is the only state to vote on recreational marijuana this year (similar to Colorado's existing recreational marijuana laws), while Utah, Oklahoma and Missouri will vote on legalizing medical marijuana, according to NORML, a marijuana reform advocacy group.

The bill would ensure that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders, and respect their voters' decisions on cannabis use. It's still up to the states to legalize bud, and recreational weed can only be sold to people 21 and over. Elizabeth Warren of MA, said in a statement that Washington 'needs to get out of the business of outlawing marijuana'.

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

Most of the Senate's amendments are minor, but a handful are significant, including one to allow provinces to prohibit home cultivation of cannabis if they choose, rather than accept the four marijuana plants per dwelling allowed under the bill.

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

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We knew that the Canadian Senate was set to vote on CA-45, the Cannabis Act, on June 7th, and while the measure was expected to pass, there's always a twinge of fear that something might go wrong, especially when you're fighting against decades of Reefer Madness propaganda that still plagues us today.

Trump's remarks put him sharply at odds with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the issue.

Gardner said federal finance laws are creating challenges for business owners in the marijuana industry, despite the state collecting the taxes without issue.

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

Some banks have been wary to offer services to pot businesses even in states where the substance is legal due to the federal prohibition. During his tenure, Sessions has reversed Obama-era legislation by giving prosecutors more leeway in enforcing federal law against the drug in states where it is already legal. Recreational marijuana is already legal in both MA and Colorado. Sessions, who has a history of strict views on drug crime enforcement, said the previous administration's policy undermined rule of law and impeded law enforcement. "Not putting words in the mouth of the White House, but I think this will be an opportunity for us to fulfill what is that federalism approach".

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.

Recreational Marijuana Bill Passes In Canadian Senate