Gardner says Trump vows to protect marijuana industry

As opinions shift on legalised weed, here's how the sector is still being held back in the US

Gardner noted that Trump had stated during his campaign that he had supported states' rights to decide how to approach marijuana.

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. "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". Satisfied, the first-term senator is now backing down from his nominee blockade. Uber expands privacy settlement with FTC Pompeo pressed on plans for cybersecurity at State McConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs MORE (R-Colo.) said on Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I'd only rejoin Pacific trade pact if deal was "substantially better" GOP unveils mock cover of Comey book with "ego" attack NY Daily News cover hits Trump over Comey book revelations MORE has assured him that he will support legislation that would protect against federal interference in state marijuana laws.

It was a response to the Department of Justice's announcement in January that Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memorandum.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Gardner's account was accurate and the president supported states' rights in the matter. Only a fool would bet any money on it.

He singled out Colorado, the first state in the nation to allow recreational marijuana sales. Until then, it's just a promise, and accepting the promises of a pathological liar is never wise.




Gardner said he and his colleagues are working on a bill that would prevent the federal government from interfering in states' marijuana legalization.

"We're always consulting Congress about issues, including states' rights, of which the president is a firm believer". Sessions' memo reversed Obama-era policies on recrational pot and hinted at a federal crackdown. The funding of Trump is viewed as vital. 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... But at the same time, we're anxious to get our team at the Department of Justice".

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.

In addition to Gardner's holds, DOJ has faced notable bipartisan pushback from Capitol Hill when it comes to marijuana. He has opposed decriminalizing the substance as an elected official.

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