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Trump and Colorado Senator Come to Agreement on Protection of Legalized Marijuana States Trump, Gardner Strike Marijuana Deal After Sessions Memo Fallout
Lillian Steele | 15 April, 2018, 00:29

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Friday that Trump made the pledge to him in a Wednesday night conversation.

"Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice's rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry", Gardner said in a statement Friday.

Gardner was angered in January when Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, revoked the Obama-era Cole memo that discouraged the federal government from interfering with states that had legalized marijuana.

Trump says he will back congressional efforts to protect states' rights to legal marijuana.

Matt Fox, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates state control of marijuana laws, said this was a positive step in the short and long term - as a signal to Sessions to get more in line with Trump's previously-stated views on marijuana policy and as motivation for lawmakers to seriously tackle marijuana policy reform.

Gardner held up about 20 Justice nominees, a significant number considering Senate Republicans and the White House have for months accused Democrats of slowing down consideration of other Trump picks.

"Since the effort, President Trump has consistently supported rsquo countries &; rights to decide how best to strategy bud", Gardner said.

Senator Gardner placed a hold on Department of Justice nominees until he confirmed that Colorado's rights would not be infringed.

"Furthermore", Gardner added, "President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states' rights issue once and for all". "We hope the president - who doesn't want to be known as the "Pot President" - will reverse course soon", said Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana. During the 2016 campaign, Colorado reporter Brandon Rittman asked Trump whether he would enforce the federal ban on cannabis in states that had legalized, to which Trump responded, "I wouldn't do that, no..."

When Trump selected Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and US senator from Alabama, as his attorney general, marijuana supporters girded for a crackdown.

The Cohen raid indicated that Mueller's investigation is encroaching on Trump's inner circle, which reportedly angered the president greatly.

There are now at least three bills under consideration which propose removing marijuana from the CSA's federal banned list or would allow states to legalize without fear of federal prosecution: the Marijuana Justice Act, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act and the Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations.

Gardner said he had lifted some holds earlier this year after "positive discussions with the DOJ" but that with Trump's assurances, he would be lifting all remaining ones. Gardner has met with Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russian Federation probe who has been the target of Trump's ire.

That memo was replaced with a new order from Sessions which allows local USA attorneys to decide whether to prosecute these businesses under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which bans marijuana in all 50 states regardless of local law. Trump's backing is seen as key to getting a bill through Congress.

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