Trump and Gardner strike deal to avoid crackdown on Colorado marijuana

Posted April 16, 2018

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

Gardner said because of those commitments, he informed the Administration that he would be lifting remaining holds on DOJ nominees.

Although marijuana remains illegal at the federal legal, nine states - including MA - have legalized small amounts of the drug for adult recreational use, according to Business Insider.

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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.

The White House confirmed this week that while the Department of Justice rescinded an Obama-era policy, which largely kept federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana-related charges in states that had legalized the drug, the change will not impact states' legal marijuana industries. Until then, it's just a promise, and accepting the promises of a pathological liar is never wise.

Mr. Gardner held up the nominees after Attorney-General Jeff Sessions rescinded an earlier Justice Department memo that shielded marijuana operations in states such as Colorado from enforcement of the federal ban on the drug. "We're consulting Congress about issues including states' rights of which the president is a firm believer and the statement that the senator put out earlier today is accurate", she said.

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Department leaders have "shown in good faith their willingness to provide what I think will be hopefully the protections we sought, and as sort of a good faith gesture on my behalf I'll be releasing a limited number of nominees", Gardner told The Associated Press on Friday. But the Journal's sources say Trump wants the top Justice Department officials gone anyway: "Eventually, it will happen", a source said.

The Washington Post first reported the agreement with the White House.

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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Separately, former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced this week that he was joining the board of directors for a cannabis company and engaged in efforts to allow veterans to access marijuana for medicinal use.