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Trump Promises to Lay Off States with Legal Marijuana

Trump Promises to Lay Off States with Legal Marijuana

Gardner lifted holds on Assistant Attorney General for National Security, United States Attorneys, and United States Marshals nominees in February as an "act of good faith" after talks with DOJ leadership. "Late Wednesday, I acquired a dedication from the President that the Division of Justice's rescission of the Cole memo shouldn't be going to impression Colorado's licensed marijuana enterprise".

The announcement has potential implications for all states with or considering legalized marijuana, as Trump also said he would support legislative solutions to solidifying cannabis policy as a state-by-state issue, not a federal one.

The president's decision would signify a minimize up from U.S. Authorized skilled Regular Jeff Courses, who in January rescinded an Obama-era protection, known as "the Cole memo", that gave states further leeway over the federal authorities on marijuana protection.

Gardner had used his power as a senator to prevent consideration of any nominees for the Department of Justice after Sessions' move in January. Only a fool would bet any money on it.

Gardner has been working with other Senators quietly about pushing for a legislative fix that would completely bar the federal government from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana or have voted to do so.

Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said Sessions' hiring did not reflect Trump's promise to protect state's rights. Especially infuriating, from Gardner's perspective, was that Sessions had pledged during his confirmation process for attorney general that he would leave states that had legalized marijuana alone, according to the senator.




Though pure speculation, Trump may be looking for a public-relations boost while embroiled in the ongoing investigation by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign to Trump's benefit. The funding of Trump is viewed as vital.

Sessions did not immediately react to the development, but a source familiar with the matter told the Daily News that the Justice Department had not been consulted before Trump's phone call. "So we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior".

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".

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.

Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., wrote to Sessions this week, urging him to back off efforts to curtail medical marijuana research at the Drug Enforcement Administration.