Trump promises GOP lawmaker to protect states' marijuana rights
15 April, 2018, 00:19 | Author: Dustin Murphy
I might believe it if he ordered Sessions to reinstate the DOJ guidance on the matter that is consistent with this promise and orders the DEA and federal prosecutors not to investigate or prosecute anyone for a marijuana-related action that is legal in the state in which it took place.
"With the President now reiterating this commitment, it is time for Congress to do its part and swiftly move forward bipartisan legislation that explicitly provides states with the authority and autonomy to set their own marijuana policies absent the fear of federal incursion". Cory Gardner, a Republican, said he'd received an assurance from the president on the states' rights' issue earlier this week.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said during Friday's press briefing that the president spoke with Gardner today and yesterday.
In January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department had rescinded a series of Obama-era memos that had discouraged federal prosecution of marijuana operations operating in accordance with state law but in violation of federal law, which still considers marijuana a Schedule I substance.
"Given how much larger the US cannabis market is in comparison to Canada or any other country this development is potentially game-changing for industry participants", he said in an emailed statement.
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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. "I'm a states person, it should be up to the states, absolutely", he told one television interviewer in Colorado in 2016.
He singled out Colorado, the first state in the nation to allow recreational marijuana sales.
When Trump selected Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and US senator from Alabama, as his attorney general, marijuana supporters girded for a crackdown. Nonetheless Gardner talked about Courses had promised him he'd do nothing to intervene with Colorado's sturdy marijuana market.
In retaliation, " Gardner used his ability as a senator to stop consideration of any nominees to that division of Justice - yet another extraordinary measure for a senator to use contrary to an administration run by an individual member of the party.
Simply now, Gardner and Justice officers have been in discussions for months to get the holds lifted. 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.
Mr. Sessions, on the other hand, has been an outspoken opponent of state marijuana laws.
The action came amid widespread speculation that Trump will remove Justice officials overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
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