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Trump promises GOP lawmaker to protect states' marijuana rights

Trump promises GOP lawmaker to protect states' marijuana rights

President Donald Trump told a Republican senator this week that he will support efforts to shield states that have legalized marijuana from legal threats - a policy that appears to be at odds with his administration's January push to ramp up federal enforcement.

President Trump was reportedly so enraged by an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his personal attorney's office and hotel that he is now on the brink of firing Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general he appointed, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Gardner said he had lifted some holds earlier this year after "positive discussions with the DOJ" but that with Trump's assurances, he would be lifting all remaining ones.

Gardner has been working with other Senators quietly about pushing for a legislative fix that would completely bar the federal government from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana or have voted to do so. Satisfied, the first-term senator is now backing down from his nominee blockade. Now, in a statement, he says Trump has promised him the Justice Department's new policy wouldn't impact Colorado.

Senator Cory Gardner, Trump's fellow Republican whose state has some of the most permissive marijuana laws in the country, had blocked Senate confirmation of Justice Department nominations to force the change. Until then, it's just a promise, and accepting the promises of a pathological liar is never wise.

The move came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo reversing guidance from the Obama administration that said not to interfere with states that have passed laws legalizing marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions instead directed USA attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion.

The New York Daily News reported Friday that the Justice Department had not been consulted before Trump made his phone call.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, in response to the Justice Department's January memo, said she was committed to implementing the "will of the voters".

President Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", Mr.

A bill has not been finalized, but Gardner has been talking quietly with other senators about a legislative fix that would, in effect, make clear that the federal government can not interfere with states that have voted to legalize marijuana.

"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", Senator Gardner said in a statement. The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.