Colorado Senator Releases Statement On Marijuana Policy

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And Gov. Jay Inslee tweeted of the report, "This is welcome news, if true".

In a statement Friday, " U.S. Sen.

Gardner has been pushing to reverse a decision made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January that removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from pursuing cases against people who were following pot laws in states such as Colorado that have legalized the drug.

Democratic U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer of OR, another state with permissive marijuana laws, expressed skepticism, saying, "Trump changes his mind constantly". Gardner also said that Trump said he would support a legislative solution to protect states that have legalized marijuana from a federal crackdown.

President Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", Mr.

But not everyone is convinced the president will stay true to his word.

California's fledgling recreational marijuana industry may soon be able to fully exhale after President Donald Trump indicated this week that he is willing to support federal legislation protecting legal cannabis businesses.

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Marijuana legalization advocates were ebullient.

That memo was replaced with a new order from Sessions which allows local USA 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.

The co-directors of the 2012 Amendment 64 campaign that legalized marijuana for adults in Colorado, Mason Tvert and Brian Vicente, have issued statements in response to the news. "That campaign promise was not reflected by Trump's appointment of longtime marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General or any of the actions that Sessions has taken since becoming the nation's top law enforcement officer". However, Gardner mentioned he had been promised by Sessions he'd do absolutely nothing to interfere with the robust bud market of Colorado. Gardner met with Sessions in January shortly after that, but no discernible actions came from the meeting.

"Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees", Gardner said. Gardner had spoken about the issue and that the senator's account is "accurate".

Since then, he has held up about 20 Justice Department nominations.

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

In retaliation, " Gardner used his ability as a senator to stop consideration of any nominees to that division of Justice - yet another extraordinary measure for a senator to use contrary to an administration run by an individual member of the party. Gardner has met with Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russian Federation probe who has been the target of Trump's ire.