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A Possible Victory for Federalism and Marijuana Legalization

A Possible Victory for Federalism and Marijuana Legalization

America's fast-growing marijuana industry could be poised for supercharged expansion after President Trump promised to respect state-legalized pot in a deal with a Colorado senator who had been blocking presidential nominees.

President Donald Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug, a move that could lift a threat to the industry made by the US attorney general just three months ago. As reported by the Washington Post, Trump and Gardner have apparently made an agreement under which Gardner will let the nominations proceed and the administration will refrain from prosecuting marijuana sellers and users whose activities are legal under state law, and support legislation barring such enforcement permanently. Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2014.

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama created guardrails for federal prosecution of the sale and possession of cannabis, which remains illegal under federal law, and allowed legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country.

"The president did speak with Senator Gardner yesterday and again today", Sanders told reporters Friday at the White House, adding, "the president is a firm believer" in states' rights.

It marked the latest flip by the president who pledged while he was campaigning to respect states that legalized marijuana but also criticized legalization and implied it should be stopped. In light of Trump's phone call, the senator said he has had a change of heart.

But Trump has held a sharply different view from Sessions on the issue. But now he's dropped his stand after the President said he would support a bill that would protect states rights, even though that bill doesn't even exist yet?

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"Clearly, we've expressed our frustration with the delay with a lot of our nominees and feel that too often, senators hijack a nominee for a policy solution", Short said. Gardner and the Department of Justice have been in discussions for months to get the holds lifted.

A bill has not been finalized, but Gardner has been talking quietly with other senators about a legislative fix that would, in effect, make clear that the federal government can not interfere with states that have voted to legalize marijuana.

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".

In addition to Gardner's holds, DOJ has faced notable bipartisan pushback from Capitol Hill when it comes to marijuana.

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