Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Colorado Senator Releases Statement On Marijuana Policy

Colorado Senator Releases Statement On Marijuana Policy

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.

"President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states' rights issue once and for all", Gardner said in a statement. "This is one more step toward ending the irrational policy of marijuana prohibition, not only in Colorado but throughout the country". "Until there is a formal agreement protecting Washington's well-regulated marijuana industry, I will continue to stand ready to defend it", Ferguson said.

In a statement Friday, Sen.

"The people of MA have voted to make marijuana legal under state law and the Cannabis Control Commission has been given the authority to establish a strong regulatory system that ensures public safety and allows for responsible sale and use of marijuana products", she said in a statement. "This reckless plan will not go unanswered". I am cautiously optimistic that the president appears to have heard the will of the people on this issue.

During the campaign, Trump said states should be able to chart their own course on marijuana.

Trump and Sessions have had moments of friction in their relationship for months, on issues unrelated to the legality of marijuana.

He designated Colorado, the very first nation allowing recreational bud sales. "They've got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado - some big problems", Trump said then. However, Gardner mentioned he had been promised by Sessions he'd do absolutely nothing to interfere with the robust bud market of Colorado.

In retaliation, " Gardner used his ability as a senator to stop consideration of any nominees to that division of Justice - yet another extraordinary measure for a senator to use contrary to an administration run by an individual member of the party.

Sessions once said he thought the Ku Klux Klan was "OK until I learned that they smoked pot", though he later claimed to be joking.

Some of Gardner's fellow GOP senators groused at the impact of the hold, and Gardner allowed some nominees to proceed in a "good-faith" gesture last month.

Inside his Friday statement, Gardner mentioned he'd released until he gained & ldquo; the full devotion that the guidelines of this Cole Memo wouldbe honored, a few holds, but abandoned others in place. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations. Gardner has met with Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russian Federation probe who has been the target of Trump's ire.

Liberty Health Sciences, which has interests in USA states where the drug is legal and in which Aphria has a stake, saw its shares rise more than 19 per cent to close at $0.99 on the CSE.

Gardner said because of those commitments, he informed the Administration that he would be lifting remaining holds on DOJ nominees.

While several states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, marijuana remains an illegal schedule 1 drug under USA federal law. Trump's backing is seen as key to getting a bill through Congress.

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