Donald Trump promises to protect states with legalized marijuana


"Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice's rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry".

Gardner, whose home state legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, reacted by promising to block all Justice Department nominations.

Gardner said he's lifting his hold and working with colleagues on legislation that would protect marijuana operations in states that have legalised the drug.

President Donald Trump has assured a top Senate Republican that he will allow states to pursue marijuana laws as they see fit, seemingly bringing an end to tense speculation that his administration could be preparing to mount a crackdown on state-legal cannabis operations. "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.

The Justice Department issued a memo on federal marijuana enforcement policy in early January, in which Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed all us attorneys "to enforce the laws enacted by Congress and to follow well-established principles when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana activities". Gardner said Trump told him the marijuana industry in Colorado won't be targeted, the Post wrote.

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The January memo from Sessions stated that prosecutors should use their discretion in weighing whether charges were warranted, rather than abiding by the Obama-era guidance.

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", Gardner said Friday. "So we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior".

The New York Daily News reported Friday that the Justice Department had not been consulted before Trump made his phone call. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Matt Fox, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates state control of marijuana laws, said this was a positive step in the short and long term - as a signal to Sessions to get more in line with Trump's previously-stated views on marijuana policy and as motivation for lawmakers to seriously tackle marijuana policy reform.

This move comes days after former Republican House Speaker John Boehner announced he would join the advisory board of a medical marijuana holding company.