Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Colorado Senator Releases Statement On Marijuana Policy

Colorado Senator Releases Statement On Marijuana Policy

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., listens as President Donald Trump speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on December 5, 2017. Gardner reacted by blocking nominees for DOJ positions, he said. Despite laws passed in states that legalize recreational use of marijuana, it remains illegal under federal law.

Gardner noted that Trump had stated during his campaign that he had supported states' rights to decide how to approach marijuana. Now, in a statement, he says Trump has promised him the Justice Department's new policy wouldn't impact Colorado.

He added: "Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states' rights issue once and for all". Until then, it's just a promise, and accepting the promises of a pathological liar is never wise.

In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked the Cole Memo, Hussein Obama-era guidance created to discourage prosecutors from targeting states that have legalized marijuana.

Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney in MA, however, said in a January statement that he could not "provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution".

But Trump has held a sharply different view from Sessions on the issue.

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The New York Daily News reported Friday that the Justice Department had not been consulted before Trump made his phone call.

President Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", Mr. As a result, the Senator blocked all appointments for about 20 Justice Nominees.

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 at the same time, we're anxious to get our team at the Department of Justice".

Sessions has been a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization throughout his political career.

. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

This move comes days after former Republican House Speaker John Boehner announced he would join the advisory board of a medical marijuana holding company. He has opposed decriminalizing the substance as an elected official.

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