President Donald Trump has vocally supported efforts towards marijuana reform, although nothing has actually been passed since he took office. But one Republican senator says he’s still committed to those goals, writes Joseph Misulonas.
“I just spoke with the president again. He supports this effort. He would sign this bill if it were to come before him on his desk,” Gardner said.
Gardner co-wrote the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act along with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren last spring. The bill would essentially prevent the federal government from interfering in states with legalized marijuana. when Gardner introduced the bill, he stated he had full support from the president. The White House also said Gardner’s statement of Trump’s support was accurate, and the president even told the press that he supported Gardner’s marijuana efforts.
However, Trump’s tepid endorsement hasn’t been enough for the STATES Act so far. While a few other Republicans support the bill, the majority of the party does not, including most of the Republican leadership. And while Trump may be the had of the party, he doesn’t seem too motivated to pass anything marijuana-related, and Republican leaders don’t as well.
So Gardner should probably work harder to convince his Republican colleagues in the Senate rather than those in the White House.