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Canadian Senate votes in favour of bill to legalize cannabis

10 June 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday said he would likely support a federal bill to end the national ban on marijuana.

Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., are rarely on the same side of a hot-button issue. "I support Senator Gardner". I know exactly what he's doing. "We're looking at it, but I probably will end up supporting that, yes". Although he had said during the campaign that cannabis was an issue for states to decide, he was swept into office on a wave of Conservatism, and most Conservatives are against legalizing cannabis in any situation. She said states have the right to enforce their own marijuana policies and the federal government should "get out of the business of outlawing marijuana".

In addition, the proposed legislation would give marijuana-related businesses access to federally chartered banks, allowing the businesses to open bank accounts and operate just like any other business.

If passed, the bill would change the Controlled Substances Act to no longer apply to state laws regarding the "manufacture, production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery" of cannabis products.

The STATES Act requires state marijuana regulations to meet certain stipulations, including rules prohibiting marijuana businesses from hiring employees under the age of 18 and selling marijuana in highway rest areas and truck stops.

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

Warren pushed back on the suggestion, voiced by a reporter, that the bill is unlikely to pass Congress in an election year, despite the president's backing.

The bill, introduced Thursday by Sens. Lawmakers have also been jumping on board and supporting marijuana legalization at increasing numbers.

In April, Gardner said President Trump had promised to support such a proposal, in an apparent break with Sessions.

Bill C-45, which was adopted by the Senate with 46 amendments on Thursday, allows adult Canadians to grow up to four plants of cannabis in their homes to meet their personal needs.

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The legislation will now go to the House of Commons for more deliberation.

"The STATES Act is a first step toward ending the harms of marijuana prohibition", said Jolene Forman, staff attorney at the Drug Policy Alliance.

"Outdated federal marijuana laws have perpetuated our broken criminal justice system, created barriers to research, and hindered economic development", Warren said.

It aims to make marijuana businesses less vulnerable to federal crackdowns. 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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Canadian Senate votes in favour of bill to legalize cannabis