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The Colorado Republican and Warren noted that the "Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States", or STATES Act, comes in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' January decision to rescind the memo that directed US attorneys to not prosecute marijuana crimes in states where the drug had been legalized. "I know exactly what he's doing", Trump told reporters when asked about the legislation.

"I really do. I support Senator Gardner", Trump said. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in the past year, which would federally legalize marijuana; it has gained the support of influential senators such as Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

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.

The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act was introduced by U.S. Sens.

Several marijuana proposals are floating around Congress, including sweeping bills embraced by leading Democrats that would end federal prohibition for good and decriminalize marijuana nationwide.

While running for president, Trump repeatedly said that he believed marijuana legalization should be up to states.

Canada is set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana after the country's upper chamber of parliament on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that would permit its production, sale and consumption.

Legal marijuana is expected to bring in over $6 billion in business. "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.

"I have talked to the president about this bill", Gardner said at a news conference.

But even as states legalize, cannabis has remained a risky and unstable business because of federal law making it illegal. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, unveiled Thursday. I don't think that's appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws.

Trump on the other hand has previously expressed his support of states decided whether or not to legalize marijuana. State and federal law enforcement could still target black market marijuana operations. But Trump's U.S. Attorney General - former Alabama Sen.

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.



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