President Trump recently came to an agreement with one of the top Senate Republicans, that they will together push efforts to protect states that have chosen to put legislation for marijuana in place. This agreement comes after several months of arguing between the President and Sen. Cory Gardner, surrounding the Justice Department nominees.
The Republican from Colorado stated back in January that he would work tirelessly to ensure that all DOJ nominations would be blocked. This occurred after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issues a memo following through on his promise to crack down on the cannabis world. Colorado, the home state of Gardner, is one of the first states to make cannabis legal in the country, thus Gardner’s sentiment for legality.
This past Wednesday, President Trump, and Gardner spoke on the phone regarding the memo. Trump stated that despite this memo, the marijuana industry in Gardner’s home state of Colorado would not be targeted. After this phone call occurred, the senator stated that he would back down in his fight against a new nominee. Gardner stated that “Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana. Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry.” The Senator continued to state that “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. Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees.”
In the near future, only time will tell how true Trump’s promise is to stay out of the way of legal cannabis states. Until then, this appears to be a positive step in the right direction for the world of cannabis and its legality.