Trump, Gardner Strike Marijuana Deal After Sessions Memo Fallout
14 April, 2018, 22:13 | Author: Bert Pena
Cory Gardner, a Republican, talked about he'd acquired an assurance from the president on the states' rights' scenario earlier this week.
Although the decision didn't officially amount to an order to change course, it gave federal prosecutors in legal marijuana states the leeway to clamp down on cannabis.
"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", Gardner said Friday.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., addresses reporters, January 22, 2018.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders affirmed the accounts of the president's thinking of Gardner - but Sessions' reaction wasn't immediately known. "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".
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.
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However, a year earlier at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Maryland, Trump had said he supported medical marijuana but called recreational pot "bad". "They have a lot of issues going on at this time in Colorado - several big problems", Trump said.
Lately, Gardner and Justice authorities have been in discussions for many years to get the holds lifted.
Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said in an interview Friday.
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.
According to statements made by Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner, President Trump will support the Cole Memo. Gardner in response used his power in the Senate to stop consideration of new nominees to the Department of Justice. 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.
Inside his Friday statement, Gardner mentioned he'd released until he gained & ldquo; the full devotion that the guidelines of this Cole Memo wouldbe honored, a few holds, but abandoned others in place. Trump's backing is seen as key to getting a bill through Congress.
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