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Senators approve pot legalization bill with dozens of amendments

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Sammy Stanley | 10 June, 2018, 08:14

"I know exactly what he's doing", Trump told reporters.

Trump was asked by a reporter what he thought of the proposed law as he headed to Quebec for the G7 summit. The president said, "I support Sen". "I think he'll find out soon from. victims of marijuana addiction and impaired driving that this is not as popular as Cory Gardner is leading him to believe". "We're looking at it, but I probably will end up supporting that, yes".

Trump said he is likely to support the federal legalization effort despite a warning against it from the coalition of narcotics officer groups. They want to make sure the federal government does not interfere with states' rights.

Investment from the United States, where recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia, has been pouring into Canada ahead of expected legalization.

In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from pursuing cases against people who were following pot laws in states like Colorado and MA that have legalized the drug.

Amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) so that - as long as states and tribes comply with a few basic protections - its provisions no longer apply to any person acting in compliance with State or tribal laws relating to marijuana activities. Marijuana businesses still couldn't employ anyone under age 18 and couldn't distrubute marijuana at places like rest areas and truck stops, which are hubs for traffickers.

But many marijuana rights' activists praised the STATES Act for its social justice components. Elizabeth Warren said in a joint interview Thursday that Russian Federation special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation into meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

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The Canadian Senate has voted to pass the government's landmark legislation to lift the country's 95-year-old prohibition on recreational marijuana by a vote of 56 to 30 with one abstention.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize marijuana during his 2015 general election campaign.

"Instead, it allows the principle of federalism to prevail as the founding fathers intended and leaves the marijuana question up to the states", Mr. Gardner said in a Twitter post on Thursday.

"It really alleviates numerous issues' we've been facing in the industry, especially with banking", he said.

"It's a really elegant solution", said Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association, an advocacy group for hundreds of marijuana farmers, business owners and patients in the state. Under federal law, marijuana is equated with heroin and LSD. An additional 20 states permit marijuana for medical use. The bold bill would allow businesses and individuals working in the burgeoning legal marijuana industry in states around the nation to operate without fear of U.S. Department of Justice prosecution.

The legislation will now go to the House of Commons for more deliberation.

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