Senator says Trump pledged legal pot business won't be targeted

Senator says Trump pledged legal pot business won't be targeted

Senator says Trump pledged legal pot business won't be targeted

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama policy that denied the use of federal resources to go after marijuana users and growers in states where their activities are legal, Trump has now apparently promised a Colorado senator that his administration will continue to leave such states alone and let them follow their own policies.

Trump offered qualified support for legalisation while on the presidential campaign trail, saying that medical marijuana "should happen" and that laws regarding recreational usage should be left in the hands of individual states. Cory Gardner and the administration over Justice Department nominees.

Gardner and others were concerned that it could lead to federal agents taking enforcement actions against dispensaries and other businesses that are legal under Colorado state law. Satisfied, the first-term senator is now backing down from his nominee blockade. Gardner also said that Trump said he would support a legislative solution to protect states that have legalized marijuana from a federal crackdown.

Gardner said on Friday he received a commitment from Trump that the rescission "will not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry". Until then, it's just a promise, and accepting the promises of a pathological liar is never wise.

"The President did speak with Senator Gardner yesterday and again today", Ms. Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Friday at the White House, adding, "the President is a firm believer" in states' rights.

Gardner, whose state legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, threatened to block all Justice Department nominees after Sessions' January memo.

Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney in MA, however, said in a January statement that he could not "provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution". "So we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior".

"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", he said in the statement.

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

Matt Fox, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates state control of marijuana laws, said this was a positive step in the short and long term - as a signal to Sessions to get more in line with Trump's previously-stated views on marijuana policy and as motivation for lawmakers to seriously tackle marijuana policy reform. He has opposed decriminalizing the substance as an elected official.

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