Speaking to reporters as he left the White House Friday morning for the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump said, "I probably will end up supporting" bipartisan legislation that would give states wide latitude over marijuana regulation.
Marijuana has been fully legalized in eight states, with 24 states allowing some form of use.
The bill seeks to ensure "that each state has the right to determine for itself the best approach to marijuana within its borders", according to a summary. Recreational pot sales started on January 1, 2014 and has become a billion-dollar industry in the state.
"I know exactly what [Gardner is] doing", Trump told reporters at the G7 conference in Quebec.
Gardner said the bill had about four or six co-sponsors on the Senate side but admitted that there was a "significant education push we have to do" to garner more support. But Trump's U.S. Attorney General - former Alabama Sen.
Canada is set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana after the country's upper chamber of parliament on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that would permit its production, sale and consumption. "We're looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes". Cory Gardner of Colorado. President Trump has previously indicated that he would support such a bill, setting the stage for a potential showdown with the Justice Department and one of his least favorite employees: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
"Outdated federal marijuana laws have perpetuated our broken criminal justice system, created barriers to research, and hindered economic development", Warren said. State and federal law enforcement could still target black market marijuana operations.
"We should trust the people of the states, like OH, who have voted to implement responsible common-sense regulations and requirements for the use, production, and sale of cannabis", said Representative Joyce said in a statement.
But even as states legalise, marijuana has remained a risky and unstable business because of federal law making it illegal.
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.