Trump now backs marijuana 'states rights' bill, senator says

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Uber expands privacy settlement with FTC Pompeo pressed on plans for cybersecurity at State McConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs MORE (R-Colo.) said on Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I'd only rejoin Pacific trade pact if deal was "substantially better" GOP unveils mock cover of Comey book with "ego" attack NY Daily News cover hits Trump over Comey book revelations MORE has assured him that he will support legislation that would protect against federal interference in state marijuana laws.

Other marijuana supporters were wary given the president's record of reversing positions and pledges of legislative support. "This reckless plan will not go unanswered". "I'm a states particular person, it must be as a lot because the states, utterly", he suggested a television interviewer in Colorado that 12 months. Congressman Jared Polis, who introduced a bill in March 2017 to de-schedule marijuana as a federally illegal substance, worked with Gardner and state representatives Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette to create a spending-bill amendment to restrict the DOJ from interfering with Colorado's legal pot industry.

Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said Sessions' hiring did not reflect Trump's promise to protect state's rights.

When Trump selected Sessions, a former federal prosecutor and US senator from Alabama, as his attorney general, marijuana supporters girded for a crackdown.

Sen. Cory Gardner was encouraged by Trump's announcement.

In retaliation, Gardner used his vitality as a senator to forestall consideration of any nominees for the Division of Justice - a uncommon step for a senator to utilize in opposition to an administration run by one different member of his event.

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Gardner said he is already set to unfreeze some of Trump's nominees. On Friday, he said he was fully releasing his holds on Department of Justice nominations.

The president has frequently criticized Sessions, particularly over his decision to recuse himself from oversight of the federal investigation into potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Thirty states have enacted statutes regulating the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

It may be modeled on a 2014 budget amendment that prevented the Department of Justice from spending money to enforce federal laws against marijuana users and businesses in states that legalized the drug and were following all applicable state laws. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations.

Gardner and the Department of Justice have been in discussions for months to get the holds lifted. Sessions and also Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official supervising the Russian Federation probe that has been the aim of the ire of Trump has been met with by Gardner.