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Federal Recreational Pot Bill Passes Senate, with Numerous Amendments

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A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday

And he suggested - just days after disinviting the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House over the issue of kneeling for the national anthem - that he would speak to players who knelt about their suggestions for future presidential pardons.

President Donald Trump says he's inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the USA ban on marijuana.

"I support Sen. Gardner", Trump said when asked about the bill.

The bill, nicknamed the STATES Act, would require states, territories and tribes to abide by certain restrictions to qualify for protection from federal law enforcement, including a minimum age for marijuana sales and restrictions on selling the drug at highway rest stops.

Inaudibly in a Fox News clip, a reporter calls out to Trump, evidently asking a question about the measure. "I think in the previous conversation we had he talked about the need to solve this conflict between state and federal law", Gardner says.

Canadians are one step closer to enjoying their recreational weed legally, as the Senate passed Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, on Thursday. "We're looking at it". Stephanie Penn, press secretary for McConnell said, "As the senator said on numerous occasions, including a recent media stakeout: 'I do not have any plans to endorse the legalization of marijuana'".

But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated this week that he has made no such guarantees and that the Justice Department intends to enforce federal drug laws, according to Colorado Public Radio.

Gardner blocked a series of Trump appointments to the Department of Justice until Trump promised to back off Colorado's drug regime in April.

In January, Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that urged federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal marijuana operations.

"We're trying to respect the voters of our states that said this is how we want do business around marijuana here in MA, here in Colorado".

A major problem stemming from the federal ban: Major banks have been reluctant to do business with marijuana companies, fearing it could lead to prosecution.

"It is a positive sign", said Gardner, who is attending the Western Conservative Summit in Denver.

Gardner said the new legislation "ensures the federal government will respect the will of the voters - whether that is legalization or prohibition - and not interfere in any states' legal marijuana industry".

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