Cannabis bill passes Senate, returns to House of Commons with amendments


Sen. Gardner said, "This is not a legalization bill".

"Given that sales of cannabis are likely to cut into those of beer, spirits, wine, and even tobacco, it's important that governments ascertain the ultimate impact of legalization on so-called sin tax revenues", Deloitte said in its report.

Dean said he has no idea if the government will support that change.

Act would ensure that states can make and enforce their own laws pertaining to the production and distribution of marijuana as long as states comply with a few federally-mandated basic protections.

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

The two senators are introducing a measure that would require the federal government to honor the laws of those states, without legalizing marijuana nationally. He welcomed the president's "continued interest in an approach that respects the will of the voters in each state".

"We are very much focused on the control and legalization of marijuana, because the current system is not working", Trudeau said last month. As part of legalization, the Canadian government will probably inform citizens that admitting to marijuana use might get them barred from crossing the border into the US, which classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with "no now accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse", according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. "We were frankly looking the other way for decades".

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The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some USA restrictions would remain, including recreational sales to people under 21.

Warren and Gardner said it's not only about providing effective treatment to patients, it's also about banking laws that prevent marijuana businesses from using banking services. "I think this is a fearless move on the part of the government, frankly, to take on a tough and controversial issue". Twenty other states permit medical marijuana use. Retailers in California are known to stuff piles of cash into shopping bags and suitcases when trucking payments to state tax collectors.

"Canada is creating a normal industry".

Cities such as Oakland require cannabis business applicants to submit detailed security plans to lessen the chances of getting robbed. "I know exactly what he's doing", Trump said.

The proposed law doesn't explicitly address whether cannabis could be sold across state lines. He lifted an Obama administration policy and freed federal prosecutors to more aggressively pursue cases in states that have legalized marijuana. Liszewski, though, said it might leave room for that possibility, if the states sending and receiving the product both authorized those operations.

"Despite the president's remarks, we don't see the White House fighting for this legislation", said Jaret Seiberg, an analyst with Cowen Washington Research Group. Across the state, dispensary employees told the Bee that any customer who refused to turn over their personal data would be turned away from the store.