Cannabis bill passes Senate, returns to House of Commons with amendments

A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday

As the USA president was leaving Washington, D.C., Friday to attend the G-7 summit meeting in Canada, he suggested that perhaps it was time to bring Russian Federation back into the group that expelled it four years ago following the invasion of Ukraine.

In the end only one independent senator, Josee Verner - who formerly sat in the Conservative Senate caucus - voted against the bill. "I know exactly what he's doing, we're looking at it. But I will probably end up supporting that, yes".

"Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, two territories and a number of tribes have legalized marijuana in some form", Sen.

California, home to one in eight Americans, launched the nation's largest legal marijuana marketplace on January 1 but thousands of businesses that have been licensed are still facing the threat of federal prosecution.

The Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not support the legalization. The bill would make the federal Controlled Substances Act not applicable in marijuana cases where someone is acting within the laws of their state. This would protect both businesses and individual users, as long as they follow state rules around marijuana use and distribution. The legislation would allow states to pursue liberalized marijuana policies as they see fit, they said.

But it remains unclear what odds the bill faces in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said he opposed federal marijuana legalization.

Current restrictions have stopped lenders from working with marijuana businesses, with investors also steering clear of legal weed start-ups. An additional 20 states permit marijuana for medical use.

Some doubt was cast over Trump's support of the measure on Thursday when the Washington Post reported that the president had sent a letter supporting Sessions recession of the Cole memo to Kevin Sabet, the president of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

"The fact that we had the president give some very encouraging remarks about its prospects less than a day after it was introduced - we think that changes the landscape for the better", he said. The senate, however, added almost four dozen amendments, meaning the legislation will now return to the House of Commons for consideration. "He talked about his support for a state's rights approach during the campaign".

The proposal's prospects in Congress were unclear.

This week, Mr. Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old serving a life term in federal prison for a nonviolent drug conviction. Gardner agreed to lift his roadblock of DOJ appointees, but details were murky about what concrete steps Trump would take to support state-legal marijuana.

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