Trump, senator strike deal on legalized marijuana

Katrina Barker
April 16, 2018

"Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees", Gardner said. I might believe it if he ordered Sessions to reinstate the DOJ guidance on the matter that is consistent with this promise and orders the DEA and federal prosecutors not to investigate or prosecute anyone for a marijuana-related action that is legal in the state in which it took place.

Although marijuana remains illegal at the federal legal, nine states - including MA - have legalized small amounts of the drug for adult recreational use, according to Business Insider.

President Donald Trump has promised Sen.

The Justice Department under former president Barack Obama created guardrails for federal prosecution of the sale and possession of cannabis, which remains illegal under federal law, and allowed legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country.

Trump told Gardner in a call late Wednesday that the cannabis industry in Colorado will not be targeted, the Senator announced Friday.

Sessions on January 4 rescinded a policy begun under Democratic former President Barack Obama that had eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that legalized it. He said he's been working on bipartisan legislation with other senators that would protect marijuana-friendly states from federal government interference. Satisfied, the first-term senator is now backing down from his nominee blockade. Especially infuriating, from Gardner's perspective, was that Sessions had pledged during his confirmation process for attorney general that he would leave states that had legalized marijuana alone, according to the senator. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instead directed us attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion.

"The President did speak with the senator", she said. "So we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior".

President Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", Mr. But the Journal's sources say Trump wants the top Justice Department officials gone anyway: "Eventually, it will happen", a source said.

"The people of MA have voted to make marijuana legal under state law and the Cannabis Control Commission has been given the authority to establish a strong regulatory system that ensures public safety and allows for responsible sale and use of marijuana products", she said in a statement.

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