Colorado Senator Releases Statement On Marijuana Policy

Trump and Colorado Senator Come to Agreement on Protection of Legalized Marijuana States

Trump and Colorado Senator Come to Agreement on Protection of Legalized Marijuana States

The policy flip came straight from the mouth of President Donald Trump, who promised Republican Cory Gardner (R-Co.) that the administration won't interfere in states' legal cannabis industries.

President Donald Trump has reportedly lent his support to a USA senator from Colorado, promising to back legislation that "protects states' rights" on legalized marijuana.

Gardner said he had earlier allowed some Justice Department nominations to proceed after having "positive discussions" with the department, and will now allow the remaining blocked nominations to move forward. Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2014.

Following Wednesday night's phone call with the President, the Senator is now backing down from his blockade. "Late Wednesday, I acquired a dedication from the President that the Division of Justice's rescission of the Cole memo shouldn't be going to impression Colorado's licensed marijuana enterprise".

Senator Gardner placed a hold on Department of Justice nominees until he confirmed that Colorado's rights would not be infringed. Only a fool would bet any money on it.

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. Until then, it's just a promise, and accepting the promises of a pathological liar is never wise.

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

President Trump was reportedly so enraged by an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his personal attorney's office and hotel that he is now on the brink of firing Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general he appointed, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Bob Ferguson, the Democratic attorney general of Washington state, which permits marijuana use, said Gardner's announcement made him "cautiously optimistic" but until there is a formal agreement or law on the issue he stands ready to defend "Washington's well-regulated marijuana industry". Sessions' memo reversed Obama-era policies on recrational pot and hinted at a federal crackdown.

But Trump has held a sharply different view from Sessions on the issue.

Gardner said he is already set to unfreeze some of Trump's nominees.

"Clearly, we've expressed our frustration with the delay with a lot of our nominees and feel that too often, senators hijack a nominee for a policy solution", Short said. "But at the same time, we're anxious to get our team at the Department of Justice". However, no bills or amendments to federal budgets have been finalized that fully protect states from federal enforcement. "My colleagues and I are continuing to work diligently on a bipartisan legislative solution that can pass Congress and head to the president's desk to deliver on his campaign position", Gardner said in a statement. He has opposed decriminalizing the substance as an elected official.

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