Trump No Longer Just Saying No to Legal Pot

Trump No Longer Just Saying No to Legal Pot

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

In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions a reversed a Department of Justice policy known as the Cole Memo which ordered federal law enforcement not to go after legal marijuana businesses in states that had chosen to legalize so long as they followed their state's regulations. "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".

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.

That memo was replaced with a new order from Sessions which allows local U.S. attorneys to decide whether to prosecute these businesses under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which bans marijuana in all 50 states regardless of local law.

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.

Demetri Downing, executive director of the Marijuana Trade Industry Association, said he's happy to see the fears of those who "are aggressively critical of the president" not coming true.


During his campaign, Trump said states should be able to chart their own course on marijuana.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. "I'm a states person, it should be up to the states, absolutely", he told one television interviewer in Colorado in 2016. But Gardner said Sessions had promised him he'd do nothing to interfere with Colorado's robust marijuana market. He allowed some nominees to proceed in a "good-faith" gesture last month. On Friday, he said he was fully releasing his holds on Department of Justice nominations.

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

The four-page memo was issued August 29, 2013, and updated guidelines for how the government would enforce the Controlled Substance Act, a federal law.

The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act is now being considered by the New York State legislature.

Gardner's office is hopeful of getting enough bipartisan support for the bill to pass the GOP-controlled Congress - something the president's backing would aid.

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