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Colorado Senator Releases Statement On Marijuana Policy

Colorado Senator Releases Statement On Marijuana Policy

Senator Gardner placed a hold on Department of Justice nominees until he confirmed that Colorado's rights would not be infringed. President Trump is promising he'll support legislative efforts to protect states with legalized recreational 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", Gardner said in a statement.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the president had made such commitments to Gardner, when asked at Friday's press briefing.

"The President did speak with the senator", she said. Gardner yesterday and again today.

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Gardner was furious at Sessions for his move - and critics, like Gardner, argued the move violates states' rights and causes uncertainty in legal marijuana industries. "And the statement that the senator put out earlier today is accurate".

"We should hope for the best, but not take anything for granted", Blumenauer, a founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said in a statement.

Gardner held up the nominees after attorney general Jeff Sessions rescinded an earlier Justice Department memo that shielded marijuana operations in states like Colorado from enforcement of the federal ban on the drug.

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DOJ noted that since passing the Controlled Substance Act in 1970, Congress has largely prohibited the cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana, which is classified as a Schedule I drug.

While more than half of the US states have approved marijuana for medical or recreational use, it is still illegal under federal law.

Matt Fox, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates state control of marijuana laws, said this was a positive step in the short and long term - as a signal to Sessions to get more in line with Trump's previously-stated views on marijuana policy and as motivation for lawmakers to seriously tackle marijuana policy reform. "My office is committed to assisting the commission, local municipalities and our partners in law enforcement to implement the will of the voters effectively".

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Bob Ferguson, the Democratic attorney general of Washington state, which permits marijuana use, said Gardner's announcement made him "cautiously optimistic" but until there is a formal agreement or law on the issue he stands ready to defend "Washington's well-regulated marijuana industry".