GOP Senator says Trump promises to protect marijuana industry

GOP Senator says Trump promises to protect marijuana industry

GOP Senator says Trump promises to protect marijuana industry

Cory Gardner, R-Colo., that his administration will not interfere in his state's marijuana industry, prompting Gardner to lift a hold on Department of Justice nominees that he had imposed in protest.

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

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado said Friday that Trump made the pledge to him in a Wednesday night conversation. Gardner in response used his power in the Senate to stop consideration of new nominees to the Department of Justice.

A bill has not been finalized, but Gardner has been talking quietly with other senators about a legislative fix that would, in effect, make clear that the federal government can not interfere with states that have voted to legalize marijuana.

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", Gardner told the Associated Press. Gardner has been pushing to reverse a decision made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January which removed prohibitions from federal prosecution against people who were otherwise following laws in states like Colorado that have legalized the drug.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., listens as President Donald Trump speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on December 5, 2017.

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Legislation to protect states where marijuana is legal is still being drafted. The raid was conducted by Manhattan law enforcement, but was based on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign was involved. "I'm a states particular person, it must be as a lot because the states, utterly", he suggested a television interviewer in Colorado that 12 months.

In a comment to the Washington Post on Friday, Trump's legislative affairs director, Marc Short said that the president, "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", adding that he doesn't want this to seem like the president has caved to Gardner's demands, "we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior". On Friday, Gardner said he was releasing his hold entirely. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations.

Gardner said because of those commitments, he informed the Administration that he would be lifting remaining holds on DOJ nominees.

President Trump was reportedly so enraged by an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his personal attorney's office and hotel that he is now on the brink of firing Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general he appointed, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Gardner's office is hopeful of getting enough bipartisan support for the bill to pass the GOP-controlled Congress - something the president's backing would aid.

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