Canada Senate Gives Approval to Marijuana Legalization

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Warren said she and Gardner's bill says "if the states have acted on this, whatever level they have acted, then the federal government's going to recede and say your law is the law that controls within your jurisdiction".

Trump was asked by a reporter what he thought of the proposed law as he headed to Quebec for the G7 summit. "I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana - so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less very bad".

Trump suggested Friday he could get behind it, telling reporters, "We're looking at it. But I will probably end up supporting that, yes".

In the US, 46 states and several territories have legalized marijuana in some fashion but the drug remains illegal under federal law.

Twenty-nine states already allow medical marijuana, and nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

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]".

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But many marijuana rights' activists praised the STATES Act for its social justice components.

Even after the Senate passed the historic bill to legalize recreational marijuana use Thursday, the question remains: how soon can Canadians start lawfully toking up? The bill would also effectively set the minimum legal age for using marijuana at 21 nationwide. "This bipartisan proposal clears the way for states to develop their own marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention". I don't think that's appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws. The senate, however, added almost four dozen amendments, meaning the legislation will now return to the House of Commons for consideration.

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

The bill, Warren argued, is a "practical" move for marijuana reform that will "respect the voters in those states". "This is the state deciding to change the law - and in that scenario, then the federal government says, fine".

But his words have put him on a collision course with anti-narcotics group, who said to him Thursday: 'We urge you to see through the smoke screen and reject attempts to encourage more drug use in America'.

Despite the growing number of states legalizing marijuana, the USA government still has the right to prosecute people who violate marijuana-related federal crimes, causing confusion for states and the citizens who are lawfully abiding by their state's law. Liszewski, though, said it might leave room for that possibility, if the states sending and receiving the product both authorized those operations.

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