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President Trump Supported the Use of Marijuana

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WASHINGTON — June 9, 2018

Trump said it is a major step that would reshape the pot industry and end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown.

The bill in question would allow States to go forward with legalization unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution.

“I support Colorado Sen. Gardner,” Trump said. “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

The bill acceptance would also bolster efforts to create a uniform testing and regulatory standards for marijuana, and potentially free scientists to pursue research into the medical uses of marijuana.

Trump added he was most likely to support the federal legalization effort despite a warning against it from a coalition of narcotics officer groups.

“We urge you to see through the smoke screen and reject attempts to encourage more drug use in America,” they wrote in a letter to Trump.

The bill is also championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She said she would reshape the legal landscape for marijuana if it becomes law.

California and eight other states, as well as Washington, D.C., have legalized all adult use of marijuana. Additional 20 states permit marijuana for medical use.

CALIFORNIA DETERMINE ITS OWN RULES

As for California, the passage of Proposition 64 in 2016 legalized recreational cannabis consumption across the state, but also gave the state’s more than 480 cities the power to decide for themselves whether to allow the commercialization of the drug within their borders.

Scott Wolfe, a deputy city manager for Westlake Village in California said the city investigated cannabis delivery businesses before "Prop 64" was passed.

His city staff periodically checks for local delivery services. And if they find one, they notify the sheriff’s department.

“We would approach it from a code enforcement perspective and say, ‘Hey, here’s what our city’s regulations are. If you’re in violation we need to fix this,’” Wolfe said. “If we didn’t get cooperation, the next step in our standard code enforcement process is to bring our prosecutor in. We’re not after punitive action, we just need compliance.”

Except, Wolfe got recommendations to use medical cannabis for anxiety. “Who doesn’t have (it)?” he said. “People can say they have migraines or anxiety or insomnia. You can say anything.”

A cannabis business needs for three things to legally operate in accordance state law: it is a seller’s permit, a local license and a state license.

All of these you can obtain through the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. It has to have a seller’s permit to apply for a state license from the Bureau of Cannabis Control. But there are no rules that a business will apply with a seller’s permit for a state license.

Author: USA Really