President Trump has promised Senator Cory Gardner that he will support efforts made to protect the states that have legalized marijuana.
Trump told Gardner in a call late Wednesday that the cannabis industry in Colorado will not be targeted, the Senator announced Friday.
Trump’s promise to the Senator diffuses the standoff that’s been taking place between Gardner and nominees for the Justice Department.
Gardner was angered in January when Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, revoked the Obama-era Cole memo that discouraged the federal government from interfering with states that had legalized marijuana. As a result, the Senator blocked all appointments for about 20 Justice Nominees.
Following Wednesday night’s phone call with the President, the Senator is now backing down from his blockade.
“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,” said Gardner in a statement on Friday.
He added, “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.”
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.
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.”