Trump signals DOJ taking more hands-off approach to marijuana prosecution

Sessions has been a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization throughout his political career

Sessions has been a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization throughout his political career

President Donald Trump has reportedly lent his help to a USA senator from Colorado, promising to once more legal guidelines that "protects states' rights" on legalized marijuana.

Republican senator from Colorado on whether President Trump has the authority required to authorize a retaliatory strike on Assad regime, discusses Mike Pompeo's suitability to be secretary of state and potential agreement with the Trump administration to protect states' rights over the legalization of marijuana. Cory Gardner won't block any more nominees to the U.S. Department of Justice over the issue of marijuana, the Colorado Republican announced Friday. Gardner's home state made recreational marijuana legal in 2014.

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", Gardner told the Associated Press. 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".

In Olympia, Ferguson said in a news release, "I understand President Trump has offered his support for states to have the right to regulate marijuana and for legislation to enshrine this right in law".

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On Friday, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said, Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue".

During the 2016 campaign, Trump broke with his party and supported giving states the right to set their own policies on marijuana. I think it's up to the state's yeah, I'm a states person. "That campaign promise was not reflected by Trump's appointment of longtime marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General or any of the actions that Sessions has taken since becoming the nation's top law enforcement officer".

The action came amid widespread speculation that Trump will remove Justice officials overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

By contrast, federal law defines the marijuana plant as a "Schedule I" prohibited substance that lacks "currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States".

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Gardner said he had earlier allowed some Justice Department nominations to proceed after having "positive discussions" with the department, and will now allow the remaining blocked nominations to move forward. 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.

Meanwhile, legislation to guard countries in which marijuana is authorized is now being drafted.

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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