GOP senator says Trump agreed to deal on marijuana legalization

  • GOP senator says Trump agreed to deal on marijuana legalization

GOP senator says Trump agreed to deal on marijuana legalization

Gardner said Trump assured him he would support legislation "to fix this states' rights issue once and for all".

Senator Gardner placed a hold on Department of Justice nominees until he confirmed that Colorado's rights would not be infringed.

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. Cory Gardner of Colorado announced Friday that Trump made the marijuana pledge to him in a Wednesday night conversation.

President donaldtrump has reportedly lent his support to a US senator from Colorado, asserting to endorse legislation which "safeguards states' rights" on legalized bud.

One of Gardner's primary points of contention with Sessions' decision to bring the hammer down on states with legal cannabis markets was his assurance during his confirmation hearings that he "would leave states that had legalized marijuana alone".

Trump says he will back congressional efforts to protect states' rights to legal marijuana.

"This can not be another episode of @realDonaldTrump telling somebody whatever they want to hear, only to change directions later on", U.S. Sen.

In January, the Colorado Republican said he would block all DOJ nominations after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo that heightened the prospect of a federal marijuana crackdown in states that had legalized the substance.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Gardner's account was accurate and the president supported states' rights in the matter.

Democratic US Representative Earl Blumenauer of OR, another state with permissive marijuana laws, expressed skepticism, saying, "Trump changes his mind constantly".

Short also told the Post that the president respects "Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue".

During the 2016 presidential campaign, candidate Trump said states should be able to decide their own marijuana policies.

Trump has been vague about his administration's views on cannabis reform, though he has expressed some hard-line views on drug enforcement recently, making his recent announcement all the more surprising. However, Gardner mentioned he had been promised by Sessions he'd do absolutely nothing to interfere with the robust bud market of Colorado.

President Trump is going green - and Attorney General Sessions is likely seeing red.

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.

Maybe we shouldn't get too excited until there's an actual piece of legislation protecting marijuana states.

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.