Trump and Gardner Strike Deal to Avoid Crackdown on Colorado Marijuana

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Sen. Cory Gardner was encouraged by Trump's announcement

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. Gardner also said that Trump said he would support a legislative solution to protect states that have legalized marijuana from a federal crackdown.

"We applaud this commitment from President Trump, who promised during his campaign to take a federalist approach with regard to marijuana policy", Altieri said in a statement.

"The president did speak with Senator Gardner yesterday and again today", Sanders told reporters Friday at the White House, adding, "the president is a firm believer" in states' rights.

President Donald Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug, a move that could lift a threat to the industry made by the US attorney general just three months ago. I think it's up to the state's yeah, I'm a states person. However, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015, Trump said he supported medical marijuana but called recreational pot "bad".

Colorado, of course, blazed the recreational trail back in 2012, transforming the once black-market product into a billion-dollar industry and setting the groundwork for a slate of states that would soon follow suit - including California this year. "They've got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado - some big problems", Trump told the crowd. Under Sessions's approach, US attorneys in states where pot is legal were given approval to prosecute cases where they see fit.

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Many leading marijuana industry executives say they'd stopped worrying that Trump and Sessions were truly targeting their businesses.

Sen. Cory Gardner was encouraged by Trump's announcement.

The Trump administration's decision means Gardner will lift remaining holds on DOJ nominees. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations. 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.

Allowing states to go their own way on marijuana legalization would be a major boost to efforts to curtail the War on Drugs, which inflicts enormous harm on American society.

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. Gardner's office is hopeful of getting enough bipartisan support for the bill to pass the GOP-controlled Congress - something the president's backing would aid.

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