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Trump agrees to support state-legal marijuana protections

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner has released a statement this Friday morning in which he discloses that he has devised a deal with President Trump that would protect states’ marijuana laws from federal interference.

Part of the deal is that the Republican Senator will be lifting his remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees put in place General Jeff Sessions.

The following statement was released by Gardener’s office this Friday morning:

“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. 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. 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 Washington Post was informed by a White House representative this Friday and disclosed that President Trump “does respect Colorado’s right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue.”

Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short also outlined that the deal would relieve much of the pressure on the current blockade on U.S. Department of Justice nominees.

“Clearly, we’ve expressed our frustration with the delay with a lot of our nominees and feel that too often, senators hijack a nominee for a policy solution,” Affairs Director Short told the Washington Post. “So we’re reluctant to reward that sort of behaviour. But at the same time, we’re anxious to get our team at the Department of Justice.”

More to follow.

Source: Washington Post