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President Donald Trump made a surprising announcement on Friday before leaving for his trip to Canada for the G-7 summit, signaling that he will most likely support ending the federal ban on marijuana.

The move, which could be devastating for Democratic candidates running in 2018, would be in support of Sen. Corey Gardner’s (R-CO) efforts to end the ban. The Los Angeles Times reports:

Trump’s remarks put him sharply at odds with Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on the issue. The bill in question, pushed by a bipartisan coalition, would allow states to go forward with legalization unencumbered by threats of federal prosecution. Sessions, by contrast, has ramped up those threats and has also lobbied Congress to reduce current protections for medical marijuana.

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

At a news conference on Thursday, Gardner explained why he thinks the issue is important, stating: “If you are in the marijuana business … you can’t get a bank loan or set up a bank account because of concern over the conflict between state and federal law.”

“We need to fix this,” Gardner continued. “It is time we take this industry out of the shadows, bring these dollars out of the shadows.”

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68 Comments

  1. Emilio Sosa

    June 9, 2018 at 4:45 am

    That’s good for President Trump..

    • EttaMae

      June 9, 2018 at 5:18 am

      YES, it is

    • Sidney Busch

      June 9, 2018 at 5:39 am

      That sucks. Just leads to more damage to the youth of our great coountry.

      • Anna

        June 10, 2018 at 11:34 am

        Sidney.. would you rather have them drinking? I am not for legalizing marijuana but this is MEDICAL marijuana ..it helps lots of people.. the problem with our youth, is no respect for anyone.. not marijuana.!

  2. Jaybo1

    June 9, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Pixie Ears Session needs to get off his ass and start prosecuting criminals like Killery , Comey and the other snakes in the D.C. swamp and not bother with non-important areas such as maryjane…liquor is legal so why not something that can also be used for medicinal purposes ?

    • Anna

      June 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

      bars need to be banned, there are so many drunk drivers that kill people everyday then marijuana , the ratio has to be like 1 out of 10 of a wreck caused by someone that was high.. I would like to see more people let out of prison becasue of a stupid marijuana charge !!! and put the damn drunk drivers behind bars!!! the only kind they NEED. prison bars…

  3. Becky

    June 9, 2018 at 5:20 am

    God, I love my President Trump!

    • Mary

      June 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Me. I love him and his wife. What a beautiful First Lady we now have.

  4. Don Woolbright

    June 9, 2018 at 5:26 am

    I am an avid supporter of our president. I am a veteran who is thrilled with the presidents bold initiatives. I would support the president regardless of his stance on marijuana because he is what our country needs. I am elated that the president falls on the side of common sense and against Attorney General Sessions stance on marijuana. I consider legalization of marijuana appropriate & the presidents uncanny knack for reading the public & making revolutionary decisions that gives president Trump possiblities of being one of the greatest presidents in modern history.
    Semper Fi

    • James Higginbotham

      June 9, 2018 at 5:33 am

      Don from another Marine.
      President Trump is A BREATH OF FRESH AIR, for our Nation and we the people.
      Sessions NEEDS FIRED PERIOD.

    • frank

      June 9, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Your right

  5. Cindy Banks

    June 9, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Great job Mr.President. Thank you.

  6. Nunya

    June 9, 2018 at 5:38 am

    No absolutely not. He will lose so much support doing this. Marijuana is a drug. It needs to be banned federally across all states, not have the ban lifted. I can’t even bring my son to school without smelling that stink where we live. This is absolutely disgusting

    • Lizzie

      June 9, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Actually by lifting the ban on pot, that would leave the cops to actually go after all those methheads and coke, etc. Meth is way more dangerous than pot. While people grow pot which is not any danger to people around, a person cooking meth could potentially blow up his/her house which could harm people next door etc. Plus whether it is a that person’s home or an abandoned house where meth is cooked, it stays there and is dangerous for anyone to live in that home. Cops focus too much on big pot busts instead of big meth busts. Also, pot has medical purposes.

    • Sarah Godbold

      June 9, 2018 at 9:20 am

      I sincerely hope you never need to use a natural cancer reducer and pain reliever/seizure killer for you or your loved one. The medical relief it can give with no long term side effect is unreal. I am a 3 times cancer survivor and never had the option of pain relief. Instead they gave my radiation, from which i still have issues after almost 20 years. My second battle I was given chemo everyday for 2 years which made me so sick I wanted to die. So I said no more. If I am going to die so be it. I cannot live like this.I still suffer from the after effect of the drug,6 years later, and always will.The only relief I can get is from medical marijuana which has no side effects what so ever. It does not make me high because it is a different kind. All of you anti-pot people need to do your research. It stops seizures in kids with seizures, stabilizes kids with Autism and Asperger’s. It is natural not synthetic poison from the pharmaceutical giants. It will not make me aggressive, violent or self-destructive. It is non-toxic, inexpensive, not habit forming, does not need to be inhaled, can be rubbed on the skin, made into clothing, soaps, colognes, toilet paper, baked, chewed and fried like chips.Our government, in the beginning, forced farmers to produce hemp.

    • [email protected]

      June 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Nunya, Take a good look at your name and understand that whatever other people do in they’re lives like smoking drinking eating kippers with blue cheese on top is Nunya business.

    • Steward

      June 9, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Lots of “Drugs” cure illness’s. Weed happens to be one of those. You would deny someone a cure for their illness?

      • Claire

        June 9, 2018 at 7:50 pm

        Steward, weed is not a drug. The Big Pharm wants you to think so because they can’t patent it, and it makes them mad as Hell. I’m with President Trump on this, as I can tell you are.

    • James

      June 9, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      You sir are and idiot.

    • Kurt Heinlein

      June 9, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      I do not & would not support recreational use, but I would support for medical use over opioids any day!

    • Elizabeth

      June 10, 2018 at 2:42 am

      How about Medical Marijuana only?
      Then, if they are insistent on the recreational as well,leave it up to the states.
      If a state does not like it, then they can change their laws.
      As a retired teacher, I do not think recreational is good for people. Sorry, but it does not encourage anything but laziness. There are lots better things that people can do with their minds and spare time than to be a blob surrounded by stinky smoke.

    • Anna

      June 10, 2018 at 11:43 am

      thats true Nunya.. My daughter lived in Colorado Springs , you had to walk down the hall to get out to the street from her door where she lived in a apartment complex.. she couldnt breath.. the kids had to smell that too.. this is a problem for sure, I would not want to smell it either, as it is MY choice not to smoke pot or smell it.. no more then what i would want a cigarette smoker to dd… but this is medical marijuana.. not your average pot smoking legalization.

  7. Deanne

    June 9, 2018 at 5:42 am

    NO, only for medical amrijuana! i guarantee the drug cartels will see dollar signs and invade because they won’t want anyone infringing on “their business” ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY CAN MAKE A KILLING WHEN IT’S LEGALIZED… NO NO NO

    • James

      June 9, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Wrong! Legalizing it will virtually do away w/ the black market in weed. Legalize it all and the killings from the drug war will cease. Plus, why not let natural selection actually try to work like it’s supposed to. If you’re weak enough to get strung out on that shit then that’s on you. Personal responsibility!

  8. Matt

    June 9, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Let’s be clear on something guys. The left will still find a way to critize Trump if he follows through. The problem in my view with politics these days is “TRIBALISM”. Tribalism has caused people to stick to there side of the party at all cost. Basically, Trump could adopt/start pushing Obama or Hillary’s policy and they would still critize Trump. This is all due to tribalism.

  9. Ed Rogers

    June 9, 2018 at 5:51 am

    That’s one way to get rid of Sessions.

  10. Donna

    June 9, 2018 at 5:55 am

    Big mistake!! California legalized it and now we have more problems with people driving while high and causing accidents all over town. We hear sirens going off all times of the day and night when we didn’t have that before. We also had a problem with the college kids on our street getting into a car, smoking enough marijuana to make smoke escape through the windows, then drive away like everything was fine. Neighbors called the PD 8 times before a cop came out and just talked to them! Weeks later they all moved away, but that doesn’t solve the problem of them driving while high.

    • Steward

      June 9, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      They did before it was legal.

    • boyd

      June 9, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      The same argument was made for alcohol. Yes, people do stupid stuff, but they did it while it was illegal too. At least not everyone will crowd the few states that legalized it. It is getting stupid crowded here in Colorado!

    • Sparky

      June 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Unless you are living is a sparsely populated area in California you hear sirens 24/7/365 in all the cities and populated areas. Been like that since I can remember, way before they did anything about marijuana. Typical California liar!

  11. Karen

    June 9, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Bad Idea, we have too many Pot Heads Already!! Medical Use only!

  12. Charlene

    June 9, 2018 at 6:17 am

    My guess is they’re going to kick it back to the states, let each state decide for itself.
    And that is how it should be.

    • Ashley Stegall

      June 9, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      I.E. the tenth amendment. Exactly how it should be

  13. dEBRA ANDERSON

    June 9, 2018 at 6:29 am

    THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP.

  14. James Bishai

    June 9, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Ahhhh, too bad, now Sen. Kamala Harris, and Sen. Cory Booker will now have nothing to run on in 2020, as Trump just took the wind out of their sails. Trump is several steps ahead of the swamp. Godspeed at the G-7 and Singapore Meetings.

  15. Pat

    June 9, 2018 at 6:54 am

    I don’t smoke weed but I don’t think it is as dangerous as some legal things. As long as the laws are obeyed like driving.

  16. Moracle

    June 9, 2018 at 7:42 am

    This should place it back in the hands of each state to decide, and the feds won’t stand the way of either… States’ rights.

    • tom

      June 9, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      you have beer that you can legally buy but not drink while driving. you also have legal drugs like Hydrocodone that you take for medical purposes and you cannot drive gwhile taking apply the same rules to pot.

  17. Deplora Bull

    June 9, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Good! Return rights to each state. Same with education. Get the feds out of our business!

  18. Dan

    June 9, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Never worried about it even when it was not legal!!

  19. Kamkoz

    June 9, 2018 at 9:49 am

    What about people who are deathly allergic to the smoke or getting near someone who has been smoking it? Where are they supposed to live, work, shop, walk?

    Where is the justice for them?

    I guess they can just suffocate and drop dead in the middle of the sidewalk when their lungs shut down… Right?!!

    Once you legalize that garbage on a federal level people blow it in your face. It’s everywhere you go.

    If they want it legal then smoke that garbage inside four walls at your own damn house.

    • Steward

      June 9, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Does that apply to tobacco smoke too? It is legal. People cope.

    • Charlene

      June 9, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      The same rules for cigarettes should apply.

      • Kamkoz

        June 10, 2018 at 7:18 am

        I agree !!

  20. Rick

    June 9, 2018 at 11:23 am

    A TRULY GREAT PRESIDENT……

  21. Janznice

    June 9, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I projectile heave in a room with MJ but I have friends who without MJ would be in great pain so I understand that there is a need. I also believe it is a deterant to cancer. As long as we can help people with MJ and they have tests now for MJ intoxicated drivers I am good with this.

    • JCfromDC

      June 9, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      The BI problem with intoxication testing of MJ is that MJ stays in your blood stream for WEEKS, not hours like alcohol, if one is a regular user. A person who blew a joint a week ago could lose their license if they were “tested” yesterday, or tomorrow.

  22. kotoc

    June 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I think it’s high time they decriminalized marijuana… what they should have been doing all along is treat it the same way they do alcoholic beverages, tobacco, etc. Regulate it, tax it, make it illegal to drive under the influence, etc. And stop clogging up the judicial system and filling jails and prisons with people who just want to catch a quick buzz. They should focus on REAL criminals, and leave the potheads alone unless their behavior affects others in a negative way.

  23. [email protected]

    June 9, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Nunya, Take a good look at your name and understand that whatever other people do in they’re lives like smoking drinking eating kippers with blue cheese on top is Nunya business.

  24. tom

    June 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Nunya, Take a good look at your name and understand that whatever other people do in they’re lives like smoking drinking eating kippers with blue cheese on top is Nunya business.

  25. mike dar

    June 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I believe, all things totaled, this is a mistake on the Presidents part. He well knows inebriation is counter productive in all aspects of a persons life. It(inebriation) serves no social function.. we already have too much inebriation, with alcohol and illegal and illegal drugs. If some of those other inebriants were abandoned I would have a different opinion, but adding to ‘inebriant’ use is a failure.
    There is no question that the banking laws are corrupted where the commerce of Mj is concerned, that there is no ‘fairness’ in them, or for that matter many other drugs, including legal pharmaceuticals but having a 10% increase in inebriation in the populace, even if temporarily(for a couple years till people realize MJ is just another escapism) is not a good thing.
    And it will mean a great expansion in use, people will try it that didn’t before, some will make grievous even fatal mistakes in operating equipment, cars for example. Some will find relationships greatly changed- disruption.
    I personally don’t believe MJ is much different than alcohol in these social affects or safety concerns.. inebriation is simply just that, inebriation.. I personally hate the idea of having inebriated people around me when they may harm me or others when driving as an example..
    And there will be more of that happening.
    Humans operate best fully cogent and many are barely cogent being not inebriated for Pete’s sake.

    • Steward

      June 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Humans smoke it regardless of the legality. They might as well profit from it. Plus it has numerous medical benefits. How many does alcohol have?

  26. Louis Tamasi

    June 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    This is perfect! All the Democratic voters will be too stoned to leave their couch ensuring Republican victories.

  27. Carla

    June 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I have written both of them about this issue hoping to legalize marijuana.I think the mere fact that that legal marijuana would bring about help for the opioid war on Americans and also the other aspects of other uses of the herb in different forms.Our whole Country will change no doubt again but it will prosper from the ability to sell Stste to State .I also asked to keep big Pharmaceutical out of it.It also will stop Criminal activity of the likes hopefully of Child trafficking and SexTrafficking,to other drugs that people think they need.We know there will always be those who abuse Drugs and seek a high that that only they can achieve,but they will be the ones who pay for their criminal activities if caught.So it would behoove them to clean up their bodies.So buying from reputable State sanctioned or licensed people,marijuana people would have medical and personal uses for physical ailments.Which has been proven to help.

  28. David

    June 9, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Personally I am against legalizing pot. But as I see it and so do a lot of people, since people still buy and use it the government needs to regulate it. Making it legal to grow, use and sell it here will bring all that money going to Mexico back home. The tax revenue will be large. Plus legalizing it will put all our homegrown drug pushers out of business! ALL the money will stay here instead of going to drug lords in Mexico.What a lot of pot heads don’t realize that it will still come under the DUI laws!

  29. Sherri

    June 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Smart move! It should be a state issue, not a federal one. IMO

  30. FCH

    June 9, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Well then the AG and his team should have no reason why they are not going after Hillary, Obama, Comey, Lynch, Billyboy and and the rest of the trash. Pot can be used to help people and not to just get them a buzz like it was used for in the 70’s – 2000. Have it produced by companies for meical uses an dnow thy cna go after REAL criminals like the ones above as well as in the SWAMP!!

  31. Mary

    June 9, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Let me be honest with all of you. When I first heard of Legalizing MaryJane. I said a loud NO. Now, since I have been seeing all of the reports on National News about MaryJane and how it is helping people with all of their aliments, I’m now changing my mine. It looks like it is really helping. Mr. President go for it. IT WILL HELP.

  32. mileaway

    June 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Dumb mistake for the sake of a few dollars.

  33. Charlene

    June 9, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    The fight against pot has not been fruitful. It is literally fighting a losing battle. Why continue to throw money at it? I’d rather see a pot head walking down the street than an illegal alien. It’s a matter of priorities.

  34. Matt

    June 9, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Test

  35. Dawn

    June 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    ☹ I am really upset about this – I thought President Trump had better character than this. I believe this is hypocritical when he says he wants to fight Opioid drug abuse, but yet wants to legalize Marijuana.

    ► Now think about this GEORGE SOROS the left-wing Nazi Collaborator has been working hard to legalize Marijuana for a long time. He wants everyone to be high and once everyone is high they will be easy to manipulate. So why help George Soros efforts?

    ► That is all we need more POT HEADS in traffic and in the stores and I have to smell it into my home – it is disgusting!!! Also, what is hypocritical why are there doing everything possible to go against Tobacco and Vapor smoking? Isn’t this hypocritical?

    ► MARIJUANA USE IS LINKED TO INCREASED SUICIDE RISK: https://michaelsavage.com/?p=18887
    In today’s world, students have huge problems and challenges even if they don’t abuse substances. Marijuana is the most likely drug of abuse for teens. Any substance abuse –marijuana, alcohol, opiates, other drugs or a combination – generally makes the depression more difficult to overcome.

    ► MARIJUANA INCREASES THE RISK FOR PSYCHOSIS: http://www.poppot.org/2017/03/09/marijuana-increases-suicide-risk/
    Marijuana increases the risk for psychosis more than any other drug. Marijuana is not the panacea the pot industry wants you to believe.

    • Ron

      June 10, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      First of all Cannabis is not a opioid; It is a member of the herb family. It is not addictive; You can not overdose on it and it was proven to be beneficial for medicinal use by NIH in studies during the early ’80s. Other cultures (even American Indians) have used it medicinally for millennia. Go figure it would take “white men” to turn it into something it isn’t in the first place…and we know it was demonized because of the greed of the synthetics and cotton industries during the ’30s. You can use all the flowery language you wish however the truth will always shine through…

  36. Boomer Lady

    June 10, 2018 at 2:02 am

    There are far more people using cannabis for health issues than for recreation. It was a gateway drug for so long because it was illegal and thus sold by the same people who sold the hard drugs. Opioids are hurting people, and CBD oil and other cannabis products work so much better and without dangerous side effects. The entity that is fueling anti-cannabis sentiment is Big Pharma that has their own products including opioids that they would rather people use. I support health freedom for all, whether that is cannabis, natural supplements or prescription drugs.

  37. FiuToYou

    June 10, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Such a beautiful name!!! ‘DAWN’!! Too bad there’s no brain attached to the above person with the same name!!

  38. Nathan M.

    June 10, 2018 at 6:31 am

    This is a bad decision, but I can understand why President Trump is making it.
    Public opinion is generally in favor of legalizing marijuana. Personally, I think that weed and those who smoke it are a cancer on our society, but unfortunately mine is not the majority opinion.

    • Charlene

      June 10, 2018 at 7:02 am

      I’m curious why you think that. My husband has smoked pot for all of his adult life. He’s a master electrician, with 3 kids, 5 grandkids, and a great grandchild, all happy and healthy. What part of that is a cancer on society?

  39. dee

    June 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I’m glad he’s leaving it to the states to make the decision

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