Published: Sat, April 14, 2018

Trump to lift legal threat to states that permit marijuana use

Trump to lift legal threat to states that permit marijuana use

President donaldtrump has reportedly lent his support to a USA senator from Colorado, asserting to endorse legislation which "safeguards states' rights" on legalized bud. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), the Washington Post reports. "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", said Gardner in a statement on Friday.

This new policy, not surprisingly, made folks who've been involved in medical marijuana in Arkansas and elsewhere nervous.

Colorado, of course, blazed the recreational trail back in 2012, transforming the once black-market product into a billion-dollar industry and setting the groundwork for a slate of states that would soon follow suit - including California this year.

Angry that USAG Sessions had reneged on his pledge to leave marijuana states alone, Senator Gardner promised to block all DOJ nominations, pending a resolution.

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", Mr. Gardner said in a statement on Friday.

In Olympia, Ferguson said in a news release, "I understand President Trump has offered his support for states to have the right to regulate marijuana and for legislation to enshrine this right in law". But Gardner is now dropping those blocks after receiving an agreement from the president to respect state cannabis laws.


White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders affirmed the accounts of the president's thinking of Gardner - but Sessions' reaction wasn't immediately known.

But Trump has held a sharply different view from Sessions on the issue. After positive discussions with DOJ, Gardner lifted some of his holds but kept the rest in place until he received a full commitment that the guidelines of the Cole Memo would be respected. "That campaign promise was not reflected by Trump's appointment of longtime marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General or any of the actions that Sessions has taken since becoming the nation's top law enforcement officer".

In retaliation, Gardner used his power as a senator to prevent consideration of any nominees for the Department of Justice - an extraordinary step for a senator to use against an administration run by another member of his party.

Marijuana has been fully legalized in eight states, and 24 states allow some form of marijuana use.

Gardner stated he had been blindsided when his announcement was left by Sessions in January with regards to bud prosecutions.

Since then, he has held up about 20 Justice Department nominations. Sessions and also Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official supervising the Russian Federation probe that has been the aim of the ire of Trump has been met with by Gardner.

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