Like his two immediate predecessors, President Trump signed a massive spending bill into law Friday by adding caveats in a “signing statement” that asserts his authority against the wishes of Congress on issues ranging from enforcement of medical marijuana laws to the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

In the statement accompanying a $1.1 trillion spending bill, Mr. Trump singled out a provision by lawmakers that bars the Justice Department from using funds “to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories.”

Mr. Trump said, “I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

That appears to be in line with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ comments that he opposes the “expanded use” of marijuana. A White House spokeswoman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Michael Collins, deputy director of Drug Policy Alliance, said Mr. Trump “continues to send mixed messages on marijuana.”


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