Trump No Longer Just Saying No to Legal Pot

Trump No Longer Just Saying No to Legal Pot

Trump No Longer Just Saying No to Legal Pot

"Doing so would not only follow through one of Trump's campaign promises, but it would codify the will of the overwhelming majority of Americans". Cory Gardner won't block any more nominees to the U.S. Department of Justice over the issue of marijuana, the Colorado Republican announced Friday.

Although the decision didn't officially amount to an order to change course, it gave federal prosecutors in legal marijuana states the leeway to clamp down on cannabis.

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"Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice's rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry", Gardner said in a statement Friday.

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.

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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. 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. Under Mr. Sessions's approach, USA attorneys in states where pot is legal were given approval to prosecute cases where they see fit. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks to reporters in the Ohio Clock Corridor after the Senate Republicans' policy lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. 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. But now he's dropped his stand after the President said he would support a bill that would protect states rights, even though that bill doesn't even exist yet?

Since January, Gardner has been holding up the approval of around 20 nominees and has treated the issue like a hostage negotiation, agreeing in February to allow a few nominees to be considered as a show of "good faith" to Sessions.

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"Clearly, we've expressed our frustration with the delay with a lot of our nominees and feel that too often, senators hijack a nominee for a policy solution", Short said. It may be modeled on a 2014 budget amendment that prevented the Department of Justice from spending money to enforce federal laws against marijuana users and businesses in states that legalized the drug and were following all applicable state laws. "But at the same time, we're anxious to get our team at the Department of Justice". The Washington Post reported in August that Sessions' DOJ was effectively hamstringing the agency's research efforts by making it harder to grow marijuana.

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