WASHINGTON D.C. — According to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado conversation with President Donald Trump, the marijuana industry will receive legislative support protecting the states that have legalized the drug.
“Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry,” Gardner said in a statement. “Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”
He continued: “Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees.”
Marijuana has been fully legalized in eight states, with 24 other states allowing some form of marijuana usage.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado has been pushing to reverse a decision made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January that removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from pursuing cases against people who were following pot laws in states such as Colorado that have legalized the drug.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Gardner’s account was accurate and the president supported states’ rights in the matter.
Legislation to protect states where marijuana is legal is still being drafted.