The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act was introduced by U.S. Sens.
In the end only one independent senator, Josee Verner - who formerly sat in the Conservative Senate caucus - voted against the bill.
"I really do, I support Sen". Twenty-nine states already allow medical marijuana, and nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.
In January, Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy that had eased up on federal marijuana enforcement in states like Colorado with permissive laws. The bill would make the federal Controlled Substances Act not applicable in marijuana cases where someone is acting within the laws of their state. And today on Colorado Public Radio, Sessions said he'll be watching what happens in Congress and noted that while the federal government generally hasn't made marijuana enforcement a big priority compared to more unsafe drugs, he says it's still illegal. "Instead, it allows the principle of federalism to prevail as the founding fathers intended and leaves the marijuana question up to the states". Hemp produces the non-intoxicating cannabinoids, or CBDs, that have become a health rage and a lucrative crop in Kentucky and other states.
Yesterday, the Canadian Senate voted on the legalization of recreational marijuana. Recreational marijuana is already legal in both MA and Colorado. An additional 20 states permit marijuana for medical use.
With Trump's seeming endorsement of the legislation, drug reformers eyes now move to Congress, where either Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Speaker Paul Ryan could stall the bill. I don't think that's appropriate for me to, in effect, violate or neuter federal marijuana laws.
The Bill C-45 was first introduced in the Senate and given first reading on November 28, 2017 after it was passed in the House of Commons on November 27. "States like MA have put a lot of work into implementing common sense marijuana regulations - and they have the right to enforce their own marijuana policies".
"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. The appointment of strongly anti-cannabis Jeff Sessions as attorney general seemed to signal trouble ahead for the newly burgeoning industry.