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Trump strikes deal with top Senate Republican to protect legalized marijuana states

Trump strikes deal with top Senate Republican to protect legalized marijuana states”

Cory Gardner that the President will support efforts to protect states' that have legalized marijuana, according to a statement from Gardner released Friday.

President Donald Trump has assured a top Senate Republican that he will allow states to pursue marijuana laws as they see fit, seemingly bringing an end to tense speculation that his administration could be preparing to mount a crackdown on state-legal cannabis operations.

Mr. Gardner said he's lifting his hold and working with colleagues on legislation that would protect marijuana operations in states that have legalized the drug. The move provoked an outcry from marijuana friendly states, including Colorado, in which the marijuana industry has flourished since Y 2000.

The announcement has potential implications for all states with or considering legalized marijuana, as Trump also said he would support legislative solutions to solidifying cannabis policy as a state-by-state issue, not a federal one. In a statement, Gardner said Sessions was going back on his word and he pledged to put a hold on all DOJ nominees "until the attorney general lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation".

Now the obvious question: Will he stick to that promise?

"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.

"The president did speak with Senator Gardner yesterday and again today", Sanders told reporters on Friday at the White House, adding, "the president is a firm believer" in states' rights. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instead directed us attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion.

Since then, he has held up about 20 Justice Department nominations.

President Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", Mr.

The White House is reportedly seeking to build a case for the firing of Rosenstein and has asked allies outside of the administration to publicly attack the deputy attorney general and Mueller's probe.

A bill has not been finalized, but Gardner has been talking quietly with other senators about a legislative fix that would, in effect, make clear that the federal government can not interfere with states that have voted to legalize marijuana.



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