Legalized Marijuana has 'Watershed Moment'

Trump says he will back congressional efforts to protect states' rights to legal marijuana

Trump says he will back congressional efforts to protect states rights to legal marijuana

Gardner said he had earlier allowed some Justice Department nominations to proceed after having "positive discussions" with the department, and will now allow the remaining blocked nominations to move forward.

Although marijuana remains illegal at the federal legal, nine states - including MA - have legalized small amounts of the drug for adult recreational use, according to Business Insider. Satisfied, the first-term senator is now backing down from his nominee blockade. "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". Now, in a statement, he says Trump has promised him the Justice Department's new policy wouldn't impact Colorado. In a statement, Gardner said Sessions was going back on his word and he pledged to put a hold on all DOJ nominees "until the attorney general lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation". In doing so, Sessions, who has taken a hard line against marijuana, gave federal prosecutors wide latitude to pursue criminal charges. Until then, it's just a promise, and accepting the promises of a pathological liar is never wise.

In January, the Justice Department rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era legal guidance that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana restrictions on states where cannabis had been legalized.

Gardner said he and his colleagues are working on a bill that would prevent the federal government from interfering in states' marijuana legalization.

But Trump has held a sharply different view from Sessions on the issue.

"The President did speak with the senator", she said.

Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said in an interview Friday. "But at the same time, we're anxious to get our team at the Department of Justice". "So we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior".

Sessions has long criticized efforts to legalize marijuana.

In addition to Gardner's holds, DOJ has faced notable bipartisan pushback from Capitol Hill when it comes to marijuana.

The Washington Post first reported the agreement with the White House.

Earlier this week former house speaker John A. Boehner said he is joining an advisory board for a cannabis company, Acreage Holdings.

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