Trump promises he will support congressional protection for state's that legalize marijuana

A SEPT. 20 2017 FILE

But Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded that guidance, drawing a rebuke from Gardner and other lawmakers whose states have legalized marijuana.

Gardner met with Sessions in January shortly after that, but no discernible actions came from the meeting. Satisfied, the first-term senator is now backing down from his nominee blockade. Gardner said Trump assured him he would support legislation "to fix this states' rights issue once and for all".

(AP) - 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.

Marijuana has been fully legalized in eight states, and 24 states allow some form of marijuana use.

President Trump has promised to support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana, according to Sen.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Gardner's account was accurate and the president supported states' rights in the matter. "I am a states person, it must be up to the nations, perfectly", he told a television interviewer in Colorado this year.

Gardner called out both Sessions and Trump on the Senate floor shortly after Sessions announced his decision in January, evoking the president's past remarks on the campaign trail about states' rights while reminding the AG of their past discussions on the issue before the Senate confirmed Sessions in 2017. "They have a lot of issues going on at this time in Colorado - several big problems", Trump said.

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When he selected Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and US senator from Alabama, as his attorney general, marijuana supporters girded themselves for a crackdown. However, Gardner mentioned he had been promised by Sessions he'd do absolutely nothing to interfere with the robust bud market of Colorado.

On the night of April 11, 2018, Trump and Gardner had a telephone conversation in which the president contradicted the Sessions memo, telling the senator from Colorado - where marijuana has been legalized for adult-use since 2014 - would not be subjected to a federal crackdown on cannabis. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations. Gardner said his word was enough for him, and he will no longer block the administration's nominees for the DOJ.

President Trump is going green - and Attorney General Sessions is likely seeing red.

Maybe we shouldn't get too excited until there's an actual piece of legislation protecting marijuana states.

Congressman Jared Polis, who introduced a bill in March 2017 to de-schedule marijuana as a federally illegal substance, worked with Gardner and state representatives Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette to create a spending-bill amendment to restrict the DOJ from interfering with Colorado's legal pot industry.

The action came amid widespread speculation that Trump will remove Justice officials overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

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