(WTVM)- President Trump stated on Friday he will likely collaborate with Colorado senator Cory Gardner in pushing for a bill that would drop the federal ban on existing Marijuana laws. The bill itself would allow states to move forward with pot legalization without the threat of federal prosecution.
President Trump says, "I really do. I support Senator Gardner. I know exactly what he's doing. We're looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes."
Experts noted the president's support likely won't sit well with his Attorney General, Alabama's Jeff Sessions, who has fought against the drug's legalization for years.
Alabama law says possession of any amount even less than an ounce of pot for personal use is considered a class A misdemeanor, which can carry a jail sentence of up to a year and a fine of up to 6-thousand dollars.
In Georgia, anyone caught possessing two ounces of marijuana could face up to 10 years in prison.
However, unlike Alabama, Georgia legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2015 to treat several conditions. Just this May, Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 65 to allow those suffering from PTSD and other pain to seek these treatments.
Within the Peach State, Atlanta's city council approved a new ordinance in October 2017 that reduces penalties for people caught with less than an ounce of marijuana.
Atlanta's ordinance also getting rid of serving jail time for possessing less than an ounce- instead of setting a $75 dollar fine as punishment.
This also addresses the issue of over population in jails. Nine states have already legalized recreational marijuana and another 20 are already allowing it for medical use.