President Trump says he'd likely support bill to end federal pot ban

6:57pm Canadian Press file

Sens. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday meant to protect the laws of states that have legalized some form of marijuana from federal intervention.

Canada's government is one step closer to legalizing marijuana sales and could launch marijuana sales by late summer.

Dean said he has no idea if the government will support that change. He added that he's had "good dialog" with lawmakers on the issue.

"Marijuana prohibition is a failed US policy experiment that was replicated by countries around the world", said Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project who helped pass Colorado's first-in-the-nation marijuana legalization plan. Nicholas Scutari announced the new bills just weeks ahead of a June 30 budget deadline that has upped the stakes since Murphy is banking on revenue from legalization to balance his fiscal 2019 spending pan. As part of legalization, the Canadian government will probably inform citizens that admitting to marijuana use might get them barred from crossing the border into the United States of America, which classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with "no now accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse", according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Canada's approach differs from that taken in the US, where nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis, but there hasn't been a substantive national discussion about the widely used drug.

His budget assumes $60 million in new revenues from the pending approval of recreational marijuana. Adults will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana, and all products will be sold in plain packaging with clearly marked labels.

The Canadian legislation creates an overarching national regulatory framework and enables each province to establish its own system of licensing and regulating marijuana businesses. A previous version of the bill called for escalating the tax rate from 7 percent to 25 percent over five years. The sponsors say patients will not be required to go only to the dispensary where they are registered and could go to any treatment center.

Canadian marijuana companies like Canopy Growth Corp, Aphria Inc, Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF and Aurora Cannabis Inc have been at the center of investor frenzy surrounding attempts to legalize marijuana for recreational use nationwide.

"Within the next coming week or so, we will be able to make a decision regarding which amendments that we are going to accept and which that we won't", she said.

A bipartisan effort in Congress to ease federal restrictions on cannabis, which President Trump said Friday he is inclined to support, would solve a few of the biggest problems facing the nascent industry in several states, experts say.

"While we look forward to the day when there is full acceptance of cannabis at the federal level, we heartily embrace the states' rights approach proposed by this bill", Don Murphy, conservative outreach director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement. "But I probably will end up supporting that, yes", he said.

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