Gardner says Trump vows to protect marijuana industry

Gardner says Trump vows to protect marijuana industry

But Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded that guidance, drawing a rebuke from Gardner and other lawmakers whose states have legalized marijuana.

He added, "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".

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".

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", said Gardner.

"Given how much larger the US cannabis market is in comparison to Canada or any other country this development is potentially game-changing for industry participants", he said in an emailed statement.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement about the Administration's policy toward legal marijuana today. "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".

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.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Gardner's account was accurate and the president supported states' rights in the matter. "I'm a states person, it should be up to the states, absolutely", he told a television interviewer in Colorado that year.

However, per year early in the day at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) in Maryland, Trump had claimed he supported medical bud but predicted injectable bud "bad".

Marijuana is legal for medicinal use in 29 states and for recreational use in eight. "They have a lot of issues going on at this time in Colorado - several big problems", Trump said.

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

Trump's promise to the Senator diffuses the standoff that's been taking place between Gardner and nominees for the Justice Department. But Gardner said Sessions had promised him he'd do nothing to interfere with Colorado's robust marijuana market.

Gardner said he had earlier allowed some Justice Department nominations to proceed after having "positive discussions" with the department, and will now allow the remaining blocked nominations to move forward. 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. "As one of the largest licensed operators of cannabis in the state of California, we expect this change of direction to significantly clarify things in state-legal markets".

The action came amid widespread speculation that Trump will remove Justice officials overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

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