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

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

In a statement, Gardner said Sessions was going back on his word and he pledged to put a hold on all DOJ nominees "until the attorney general lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation".

Gardner was furious at Sessions for his move - and critics, like Gardner, argued the move violates states' rights and causes uncertainty in legal marijuana industries.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Gardner's statement is "accurate".

On Friday, Gardner announced he had a deal with Trump that would allow him to lift the hold on the Justice nominees.

President Donald Trump has promised Sen. "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", said Gardner in a statement on Friday.

Gardner noted that Trump had stated during his campaign that he had supported states' rights to decide how to approach marijuana.




In January, the Justice Department rescinded the Cole memo, an Obama-era legal guidance that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana restrictions on states where cannabis had been legalized. Satisfied, the first-term senator is now backing down from his nominee blockade. But the Journal's sources say Trump wants the top Justice Department officials gone anyway: "Eventually, it will happen", a source said.

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".

President Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", Mr. "So we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior".

He said, "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". The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

Earlier this week former house speaker John A. Boehner said he is joining an advisory board for a cannabis company, Acreage Holdings.

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