A bipartisan Senate bill to force the federal government to respect state laws on marijuana, will “probably” be supported by President Trump, he said Friday, the Denver Post reports.
The bill, by Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, which has one of the most thriving recreational cannabis markets in the nation, and Democrat Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, which will allow sales of recreational marijuana on July 1, was introduced in the U.S. Senate Thursday.
Despite burgeoning medical and recreational markets in more than half of the states in the union, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level and access to banking and financial services is limited.
The Gardner-Warren bill would lift that restriction.
“It is a positive sign. I had spoken to the president…before we had introduced the bill, making sure he was familiar with the legislative efforts and reminding him what we had talked about before — about his decision to approach this through a state’s rights lens,” Gardner told the Denver Post. “He liked the idea — the concept — and, of course, this morning you saw the same thing where he said that he supported the efforts, he knows exactly what I’m doing and most likely will support it.”
12 governors, including Pennsylvania’s Tom Wolf, sent a letter supporting the bill to Senate leadership.
This spring Gardner had pledged to block nominees to the U.S. Department of Justice due to fear the agency would impede on Colorado’s cannabis industry. At the time, Gardner told him Trump pledged to work toward a legislative solution that would allow for state’s right’s approach.
Let’s hope the Senate promptly moves along and supports the bill and that Trump keeps his word.