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Trump supports ending marijuana ban, setting up friction with Sessions

09 June 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been explicit in his hostility to legalization efforts.

"The legislation to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use would eliminate the draconian laws and penalties now in place and improve social justice issues in urban areas", Scutari said.

The bipartisan bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to include a framework that says it no longer applies to those following state, territory or tribal laws "relating to the manufacture, production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of [marijuana]".

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.

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Gardner, for his part, said in a Thursday press conference announcing the bill that he had spoken with Trump about the bill.

In response to that decision, Garnder threatened to hold up future nominations for positions in the Department of Justice.

Along with questions about the new legislation, reporters also asked Trump on Friday whether he is considering firing Sessions.

Trump on the other hand has previously expressed his support of states decided whether or not to legalize marijuana.

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"My legislation is in line with what President Trump said on the campaign and what he and I have discussed several times since he was elected", Gardner said in a statement Friday.

Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney and state Sen.

"It is a positive sign", said Gardner, who is attending the Western Conservative Summit in Denver.

This week, Mr. Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old serving a life term in federal prison for a nonviolent drug conviction. "I have talked to the president about this bill", he said. "With its bipartisan backing in the Senate, it symbolically signals the eventual end of marijuana prohibition at the federal level". However, it's available for recreational use in nine states and the District of Columbia. In January, he rescinded the Cole Memo, a set of Obama-era guidelines that instructed federal law enforcement not to target marijuana operations in states where the drug is legal.

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The legislation would also clarify that financial transactions with legal marijuana businesses do not constitute drug trafficking. For example, the sale of marijuana would be prohibited at rest areas and truck stops, according to a bill summary. Canadian lawmakers are especially concerned with battling the illegal sales of marijuana, and will be closely monitoring the black market sales of the plant.

Trump supports ending marijuana ban, setting up friction with Sessions