New Jersey senators unveil legislation to legalize recreational marijuana

A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday

A marijuana plant at the Ameri Canna Edibles facility on Tuesday

"Outdated federal marijuana laws have perpetuated our broken criminal justice system, created barriers to research, and hindered economic development", Warren said. Cory Gardner (R-CO), The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Entrusting States, or STATES Act, would protect businesses in states with legalized marijuana from federal government interference and prosecution from the Department of Justice. The law authorizes licensed marijuana businesses to sell marijuana and marijuana products, and also allows online sales (which will be handled similarly to how the country now allows online medical marijuana sales).

Gardner, meanwhile, discussed those conversations in a news conference.

"No legitimate business should be blocked from basic banking services - but that's exactly what's happening to law-abiding marijuana businesses", Warren tweeted on Thursday.

"That forces a multi-billion dollar industry to operate all in cash, that's bad for business and bad for safety", said Sen.

Medical marijuana is legal in more than two dozen states and recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C. But the bill would legalize the drug in states that choose to do so.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who once said he smoked a joint "five or six times", has supported the bill's passage after pledging to legalize recreational marijuana during the 2015 parliamentary elections.

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In April, Gardner said President Trump had promised to support such a proposal, in an apparent break with Sessions. That legislation was passed in the House of Assembly before it closed for summer break in May. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been explicit in his hostility to legalization efforts. Sessions, who has a history of strict views on drug crime enforcement, said the previous administration's policy undermined rule of law and impeded law enforcement.

"The president has a rare opportunity to get behind a truly historic policy change that has bipartisan backing and significant public support", said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, a drug policy reform group.

President Donald Trump said Friday he would likely support a bipartisan congressional effort to end the federal ban on marijuana, putting him at odds with his own Attorney General on the issue.

Gardner's home state of Colorado was one of the first to legalize marijuana, in 2012.

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