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15 April 2018, 12:28 | Marta Robbins
Trump signals DOJ taking more hands-off approach to marijuana prosecution
Republican senator from Colorado on whether President Trump has the authority required to authorize a retaliatory strike on Assad regime, discusses Mike Pompeo's suitability to be secretary of state and potential agreement with the Trump administration to protect states' rights over the legalization of marijuana.
In response to the Department of Justice's January 4 announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memorandum, Senator Gardner placed a hold on all DOJ nominees until he received a commitment that Colorado's rights would not be infringed.
Inslee and Ferguson issued their statements after Republican Sen. 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.
"Given that advertising marketing campaign, President Trump has continuously supported states' rights to resolve for themselves how best to technique marijuana", Gardner talked about. "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", Gardner said in a statement.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said during Friday's press briefing that the president spoke with Gardner today and yesterday.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump broke with his party and supported giving states the right to set their own policies on marijuana. "I'm a states particular person, it must be as a lot because the states, utterly", he suggested a television interviewer in Colorado that 12 months.
However, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015, Trump said he supported medical marijuana but called recreational pot "bad".
He designated Colorado, the very first nation allowing recreational bud sales.
When Trump chosen Courses, a former federal prosecutor and US senator from Alabama, as his lawyer fundamental, marijuana supporters girded 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.
Gardner had used his power as a senator to prevent consideration of any nominees for the Department of Justice after Sessions' move in January.
Gardner's blockade held up the confirmations of about 20 nominees at the Justice Department. Sessions and also Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official supervising the Russian Federation probe that has been the aim of the ire of Trump has been met with by Gardner. Cory Gardner that the President will support efforts to protect states' that have legalized marijuana, according to a statement from Gardner released Friday.
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