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Inslee, Ferguson cautiously optimistic after Trump's 'promise' to protect states' marijuana rights

15 April 2018
Inslee, Ferguson cautiously optimistic after Trump's 'promise' to protect states' marijuana rights

"I believe in states' rights; and the other day, the president notified me that he would be supporting a states' rights approach when it comes to legalized marijuana", Gardner said on "The Daily Briefing" Friday.

In February, Gardner lifted most of the holds he put on the Justice nominees the month before. "Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees".

Sessions has long criticized efforts to legalize marijuana.

Bob Ferguson, the Democratic attorney general of Washington state, which permits marijuana use, said Gardner's announcement made him "cautiously optimistic" but until there is a formal agreement or law on the issue he stands ready to defend "Washington's well-regulated marijuana industry".

But earlier today, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner said he received a commitment from Trump that the memo's recission would not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry, ending a standoff with the U.S. Department of Justice.

But Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded that guidance, drawing a rebuke from Gardner and other lawmakers whose states have legalized marijuana.

"This can not be another episode of @realDonaldTrump telling somebody whatever they want to hear, only to change directions later on", U.S. Sen. Friday's decision stopped the blockade on the few who were left. "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".

Marijuana legalization advocates were ebullient.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., addresses reporters, January 22, 2018. "As one of the largest licensed operators of cannabis in the state of California, we expect this change of direction to significantly clarify things in state-legal markets".

Senator on if President Trump has got the jurisdiction required to authorize a attack on Assad regime from Colorado, discusses Mike Pompeo's suitability to become deal using the Trump government and secretary of state to protect states' rights within the legalization of bud. "I am a states person, it must be up to the nations, perfectly", he told a television interviewer in Colorado this year.

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

Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., wrote to Sessions this week, urging him to back off efforts to curtail medical marijuana research at the Drug Enforcement Administration.

President Trump is going green - and Attorney General Sessions is likely seeing red.

Meanwhile, legislation to protect states where marijuana is legal is still being drafted.

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.

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