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

15 April, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • As opinions shift on legalised weed, here's how the sector is still being held back in the US

For the first time since the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump has confirmed that he would support states' rights to regulate marijuana as they see fit, according to statements made by Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner who says he's spoken to the president on the issue.

Gardner has been pushing to reverse a decision made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January that removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from pursuing cases against people who were following pot laws in states such as Colorado that have legalized the drug.

Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said Sessions' hiring did not reflect Trump's promise to protect state's rights. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

Sessions did not immediately react to the development, but a source familiar with the matter told the Daily News that the Justice Department had not been consulted before Trump's phone call.

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", said Gardner.

He continued: "Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees".




"Additionally", Gardner added, "President Trump has promised me that he will support a federalism-based legislative remedy to fix such conditions' rights difficulty once and for all". "We're consulting Congress about issues including states' rights of which the president is a firm believer and the statement that the senator put out earlier today is accurate", she said. During the presidential campaign, Trump said in an interview with KUSA-TV in Colorado that he said "it's up to the states" on the marijuana issue.

After Trump selected Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and also USA senator from Alabama, as his attorney general, bud fans girded for a crackdown. On Friday, Gardner said he was releasing his hold entirely.

The president has frequently criticized Sessions, particularly over his decision to recuse himself from oversight of the federal investigation into potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Democratic US Representative Earl Blumenauer of OR, another state with permissive marijuana laws, expressed skepticism, saying, "Trump changes his mind constantly".

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.

Recently, Gardner and Justice officials have been in discussions for months to get the holds lifted. Gardner has met with Courses and Deputy Authorized skilled Regular Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russian Federation probe who has been the aim of Trump's ire.

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