Trump tells Gardner he'll protect states that have legalized marijuana

President Trump has promised to support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana, according to Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks to reporters in the Ohio Clock Corridor after the Senate Republicans' policy lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

But in a phone call late Wednesday, Trump told Gardner that despite the DOJ memo, the marijuana industry in Colorado won't be targeted, the senator said in a statement Friday.

Because of this conversation, Gardner announced Friday that this means he will no longer have a hold on the president's Justice Department nominees - something he put in place after Sessions announced in January that he was rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the federal approach to marijuana policy.

Thirty states have enacted statutes regulating the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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

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".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Gardner's account was accurate and the president supported states' rights in the matter. Cory Gardner and the administration over Justice Department nominees. "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".

After Trump selected Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and also USA senator from Alabama, as his attorney general, bud fans girded for a crackdown.

Since January, Gardner has been holding up the approval of around 20 nominees and has treated the issue like a hostage negotiation, agreeing in February to allow a few nominees to be considered as a show of "good faith" to Sessions.

Though pure speculation, Trump may be looking for a public-relations boost while embroiled in the ongoing investigation by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign to Trump's benefit.

Mr. Gardner said that as a result of Mr. Trump's assurances he'll end a blockade of Justice Department nominees.

The co-directors of the 2012 Amendment 64 campaign that legalized marijuana for adults in Colorado, Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente, have issued statements in response to the news.

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

Lately, Gardner and Justice authorities have been in discussions for many years to get the holds lifted.

Also, it somewhat feels like a cop-out for Gardner's moral stand.

  • Rogelio Becker