Trump says he'd 'probably' support legalizing marijuana in tacit rebuke of Jeff Sessions

President Trump threw out some blazing hot takes before hopping on a helicopter Friday morning, from wanting to pardon Muhammad Ali to not thinking about pardoning Michael Cohen.

Oh, and he also said he'd "probably" support a bill protecting states' rights to legalize marijuana, reports the Los Angeles Times.

President Trump said he likely will support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana, a major step that would reshape the pot industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown.

Trump’s remarks put him sharply at odds with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on the issue. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalization unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.

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. His remarks came the day after the bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed their measure.

One of the lead sponsors is Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is aligned with Trump on several issues but recently has tangled with the administration over the Justice Department’s threatened crackdowns on marijuana.

“I support Sen. Gardner,” Trump said when asked about the bill. “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

The legislative proposal, which is also championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), would reshape the legal landscape for marijuana.

California and eight other states, as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized all adult use of marijuana. An additional 20 states permit marijuana for medical use.

But even as states legalize, marijuana has remained a risky and unstable business because of federal law making it illegal. Concerns about federal law enforcement seizures have inhibited most lenders from working with marijuana businesses. And investors have also proceeded cautiously.

A lifting of the federal prohibition would bolster efforts to create uniform testing and regulatory standards for marijuana, and potentially free scientists to pursue research into the medical uses of marijuana.

Trump said he is likely to support the federal legalization effort despite a warning against it from the coalition of narcotics officer groups.

“We urge you to see through the smoke screen and reject attempts to encourage more drug use in America,” they wrote in a letter to Trump Thursday

http://theweek.com/speedreads/777910/trump-says-hed-probably-support-legalizing-marijuana-tacit-rebuke-jeff-sessions

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Comment by Deep Space on June 8, 2018 at 6:01pm

Trump isn't supporting any blanket fed legislation for legalization. He's supporting the state's right to choose individually on their own. Basically he's calling off the feds to back off any state that does legalize. I don't like legalization, because it gives government the right to regulate & tax. Decriminalization is the way to go. For instance, pot might be legal but then they can still make rules to bust me if I grow it in my backyard...

Comment by Sloane Osteja on June 8, 2018 at 5:54pm

If its legal in one state it should be in all 50. New Jersey will NEVER allow for social marijuana. We are known as the PHARMA STATE. Please prove me  wrong.  Its your call Trump.

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