Gardner introduced the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act with progressive firebrand Sen.
"The support of this bill is across a very wide spectrum of political ideologies", Gardner said. Elizabeth Warren crafted legislation that would allow states to make the final decision on whether or not pot will be legal.
The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with more than two dozen states that have legalized pot in some form. Along with Washington, D.C., nine states made recreational marijuana legal - among them California, Colorado, and Oregon.
The Democratic senator's bill also removes cannabis from the list of substances prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act.
According to a recently released Gallup poll, 65 percent of Americans believe it is "morally okay" to use marijuana. This would protect both businesses and individual users, as long as they follow state rules around marijuana use and distribution. 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.
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Sen. Tony Dean, an Independent from Ontario, said Thursday's vote was historic and that the legislation is created to combat social ills such as high rates of youth consumption and the criminalization of those who possess the drug, particularly young indigenous people.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and Democrat Sen.
Asked about the measure in an interview with Colorado Public Radio, Sessions said, "We'll see how far it goes and how much support there is". Last year, Trump's then Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that the feds might crack down on recreational marijuana use but not on medical use.
Health Minister Petitpas Taylor has said that, once the bill is passed, provinces and territories will need two to three months to prepare before the retail sales of legal marijuana. "I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana - so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less bad".
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.
Because of federal regulations, most marijuana businesses are barred from traditional banks and opening lines of credit.