Trump Assures Senator That He Supports Federalism-Based Cannabis Policy

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

Gardner said Sessions had promised him that he would not go after the marijuana industry during his Senate confirmation. Sen.

President Trump was reportedly so enraged by an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his personal attorney's office and hotel that he is now on the brink of firing Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general he appointed, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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. As reported by the Washington Post, Trump and Gardner have apparently made an agreement under which Gardner will let the nominations proceed and the administration will refrain from prosecuting marijuana sellers and users whose activities are legal under state law, and support legislation barring such enforcement permanently. States that have legalized recreational marijuana in recent years include such major jurisdictions as California, Colorado, Washington, and MA.

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"Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees", Gardner said.

Earlier today, President Donald Trump apparently cut a deal with Colorado Republican Senator Corey Gardner that could lead to the effective end of federal marijuana prohibition throughout much of the country.

Gardner didn't elaborate on what specific legislation Trump said he would support, although Congress is now considering several bills that would legalize cannabis at the national level.

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Thirty states have enacted statutes regulating the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In light of Trump's phone call, the senator said he has had a change of heart. Many traditional investors have shied away from pouring their capital into the industry over fears they'd be treated like drug traffickers, and a strong sign of support from Trump over Congressional action might provide the reassurance they're seeking.

On Friday, Gardner said he would lift all holds on Department of Justice nominees. "So we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior". It may be modeled on a 2014 budget amendment that prevented the Department of Justice from spending money to enforce federal laws against marijuana users and businesses in states that legalized the drug and were following all applicable state laws.

He said, "My colleagues and I are continuing to work diligently on a bipartisan legislative solution that can pass Congress and head to the President's desk to deliver on his campaign position".

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