President Donald Trump said on Friday that he’s inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana.
Trump made his statement following a question about a proposal that would reshape the nation’s approach to marijuana. The president said he would “probably end up supporting that.”
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado is co-sponsoring and Trump said he supported him.
When asked about the measure, Trump told reporters in Washington that “we’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”
The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders. Some U.S. restrictions would remain, including recreational sales to people under 21.
However, some Americans online questioned if Trump will ease the federal ban on marijuana.
Trump said he’ll likely support the bipartisan bill ending the federal ban on marijuana, allowing states to legalize without fear of federal prosecution. Let’s see if he actually does it, but Democrats: this is your signal to support full legalization. Go. https://t.co/6sL8wbSUhT
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 8, 2018
Some Americans also questioned how Democrats will react following Trump’s statement.
President Trump says he will more than likely support ending the federal ban on marijuana.
Politically, a smart move.
Democrats bank heavily on this issue, & now he’s removed another reason to vote for them.
I can’t wait to see how fast liberals turn on pot if this happens. 😂
— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) June 10, 2018
President @realDonaldTrump says he will support ending federal ban on Marijuana. If this gets done he’s looking at an absolute landslide re-election in 2020. The President is making huge unifying moves today. https://t.co/i2u1xW39mQ
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 8, 2018
Others praised him
Looks like Trump really is going to pass a federal law to protect states with legal #cannabis. Hallelujah! I’ve been listening, and it’s only getting better. Most of y’all hate him, but he is speaking on this issue. STATES’ RIGHTS! https://t.co/puZWDeUzvQ
— Lauren Houston (@LegalizeitLala) June 11, 2018