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MA U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined a Colorado Republican on Thursday to roll out federal legislation that would resolve much of the tension between the federal prohibition on marijuana and the growing pot industries in states that have voted to legalize marijuana.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore Stormy Daniels's former attorney files defamation suit against her Justice Department seizes reporter's phone, email records in leak probe: report MORE said Friday that he will likely support a bipartisan bill, introduced by Sens. But the two senators shared a podium Thursday to launch new legislation on an issue they can agree on: keeping federal hands off state-legalized marijuana.

The STATES Act would give states the right to self-determine cannabis laws without the looming threat of federal interference. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Republican Sen. "But I will probably end up supporting that, yes".

New Hampshire has a medical marijuana law, enacted in 2013, but state lawmakers have rejected numerous efforts to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. "We're looking at it. But, I probably will end up supporting that, yes".

President Donald Trump has signaled support for legislation easing federal intervention in states with legalized marijuana, Gardner said. "I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana - so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less terrible".

The bill also does not provide guidance if the federal government disagrees with the specifics of a state law, such as if a state allowed minors to use marijuana or allowed a dispensary within close proximity to a school.

But even as states legalise, marijuana has remained a risky and unstable business because of federal law making it illegal.

Gardner blocked a series of Trump appointments to the Department of Justice until Trump promised to back off Colorado's drug regime in April.

She noted, for instance, marijuana companies are legally barred from depositing funds they derive from their business can not be deposited in federally insured banks.

In a statement released Thursday, Gardner said the proposal would ensure Washington respects the will of voters in each state, whatever their preference on the subject. Recreational marijuana is already legal in both MA and Colorado.

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