Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
President Trump has indicated his support for a bill that would respect state’s rights to legalize cannabis without intervention from the federal government, saying, “We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”
Pres. Trump made the comment to reporters on Jun. 8 before leaving for the G7 Summit in Quebec.
The bill, called the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act” (aka the STATES Act), is based upon the 10th Amendment from which it gets its name, which states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
The STATES Act essentially exempts states with legalized cannabis from federal drug law, but that’s only if a state has legalized cannabis- if a state has taken no action, cannabis will be illegal by default.
The STATES Act will also legalize hemp, which has less than 0.3% THC.
What, if any, effect this could have on Canadians crossing the American border into states with legal cannabis is still unknown.
A rare bi-partisan bill in the era of Trump
The bi-partisan bill, which was introduced on June 7, was sponsored by Republican Cory Gardner, a senator from Colorado, and Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts.