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GOP Lawmaker: Trump Administration Pledges Non-Interference In Legal Marijuana States

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 13, 2018

    Republican Senator Cory Gardner (CO) says that he has received a verbal commitment from President Donald Trump specifying that the administration will not take action to disrupt marijuana markets in states that legally regulate the substance.

    “Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” Gardner told the Associated Press. “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.”

    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. Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees.”

    In January, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidelines directing federal prosecutors not to take action against those who were compliant with state-sanctioned cannabis regulations. In response to that decision, Rep. Gardner had vowed to block all nominees for Justice Department jobs.

    On Friday, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said, Trump “does respect Colorado’s right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue.” At a separate press conference, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the President and Sen. Gardner had spoken about the issue and that the senator’s account is “accurate.”

    In response to the administration’s pledge, NORML Director Erik Altieri stated: “We applaud this commitment from President Trump, who promised during his campaign to take a federalist approach with regard to marijuana policy. That campaign promise was not reflected by Trump’s appointment of longtime marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of Attorney General or any of the actions that Sessions has taken since becoming the nation’s top law enforcement officer.”

    “With the President now reiterating this commitment, it is time for Congress to do its part and swiftly move forward bipartisan legislation that explicitly provides states with the authority and autonomy to set their own marijuana policies absent the fear of federal incursion. Doing so would not only follow through one of Trump’s campaign promises, but it would codify the will of the overwhelming majority of Americans.”

    Senator Gardner reiterated that he and his colleagues “are continuing to work diligently on a bipartisan legislative solution (to the state/federal conflict) that can pass Congress and head to the President’s desk.”

    Thirty states have enacted statutes regulating the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Nine states have passed laws regulating marijuana use by adults. By contrast, federal law defines the marijuana plant as a ‘Schedule I’ prohibited substance that lacks “currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”

    81 responses to “GOP Lawmaker: Trump Administration Pledges Non-Interference In Legal Marijuana States”

    1. Swooper says:

      I will believe what tRumpty-dumpty (and anyone in his maladministration) says 20 days after the mutherf**ker has been buried & I’ve pissed on his f**king grave. Till then, he’s a lying f**king piece of shit turd who’s word is as valuable as used toilet paper.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Swooper,
        Right. Twenty days is good, maybe longer. Best to play it safe; remember, one’s hair and fingernails continue to grow after death, for a long time.

    2. Michael Zuilkowski says:

      This does absolutely nothing for Veterans that receive all their health care from the VAMCs. Cannabis must be made completely legal at the federal level. All testing for any reason must become illegal.. let The Veterans live in peace growing and processing their own.

    3. Julian says:

      Granted that without any question Trump’s word is unreliable at best, and more often the opposite of his intentions at worst in order to lure real effective compromise… such as Gardner caving on DOJ appointments… before Trump has to sign or do anything. Gardner should be terrified of losing his next election for failing to get Trump to sign a commitment in writing before giving him DOJ appointees that are clearly prohibitionist (and anti immigrant… it’s not either or but both and more).

      Remember Mitch McConnel did the same thing to the Democrats over DACA… “just pass these tax cuts for the super wealthy and THEN we’ll give you DACA.” Oh, yeah, that was just a lie. There’s no reason to believe he won’t studder on the hemp bill by blaming Pete Sessions in the House Rules.

      If Republicans want to sit at the table of real mj reform they have to put their money where there mouth is and give us a vote on some real marijuana reform, not false promises and lip service before an election that is going to hand Republicans a healthy dose of truth to power.

      With that said, what Trump is doing here (like it or not) is going to put unbearable pressure on Republican Congressman to make Pete Sessions resign as the obstructive prohibitionist Chair of the House Rules Committee that he is. It only takes 1200 Republicans out of the 7000 that voted against him in his Dallas district to let the Democrats take this seat. And as we approach May run offs, Democrats are just gaining steam with PAC refusing small donations. Former MPP director Rob Kampia has his doners locked on this district to get Pete out of office. We can push him out and force a new Chair to force a vote on 1227 before November elections. Tick tock, prohibition, tick tock…

    4. Dain Bramage says:

      Is there anyone reading this blog who is literally stupid enough to believe anything Trump says? Ever?

      If so, step forth, I want a look at you. You need help. Do you have rabies? Too many bath salts? What is your major malfunction?

      You may need cult deprogramming.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        I don’t judge anyone for having been tricked by a trickster. Hell, I’ve been scammed many times, I am sorry to say. But as hard to admit as that might be, as tough on the ego as it is to admit you’ve been had, it is still critical to admit it, or you will continue to get fucked!

        So don’t get mad at me, Republicans, for calling you suckers. I am trying to help you, and help all of us. Pull your fucking heads out of your collective asshole (Trump)!

    5. Anonymous says:

      so far Trump has made good on all his promises he made so far I don’t see a reason to doubt him now

    6. TheOracle says:

      I’m glad he told Cory that. I want it in writing, as in the form of legislation legalizing cannabis that the Congress passes and President Trump signs into law. I don’t want him to have any time to reverse his position back to prohibitionist.

      There is medical value, and its use in a recreational setting has been demonized with untruths that have been deconstructed.

      It’s absolutely appalling that people are still being executed for cannabis. Cannabis needs to be removed from any kind of international prohibitions, schedules, treaties, agreements, whatever, you know, because these countries will no longer have an excuse that they have international law on their side. Not when it comes to cannabis anymore. I don’t want my government acquiescing in not doing anything to correct that. After it’s no longer prohibited internationally there’s no guarantee these countries will stop executing for cannabis, but they should be encouraged, coerced into reforming their criminal codes.

      Legalize immediately!

    7. warren says:

      carrot on a long stick held in front of donkey. Football pulled away at last moment before kicker kicks etc etc the never ending runaround

    8. WhatAbout says:

      Federalized approach Hmmmm….. We’ll see when the rubber meets the law makers. Only then will we know to throw the B.S. flag.

      Don’t stop fighting. We need to push for a federalized solution.

    9. Trojan72 says:

      I would be delighted to have legislation to stop police and government agent corruption by “Ending Cannabis Prohibition” here all across america. There are many, many criminals within the drug task force units that are guilty as hell of drug distribution and drug trafficking, extortion, violations against “civil rights issues”, creating private drug cartels that are responsible for most of the drugs in “YOUR HOMWTOWN”. Corrupted Government Bastards violations against the people as well as the government conspiracy against the desires of the majority of the people. Removing cannabis totally from the controlled substances list would be the appropriate approach to a viable solution. Remove CXannabis from the controlled substances list and End Police and government corruption. Just think of all the money to be saved. People should be allowed to grow at least (6) plants in their backyard for personal use.

    10. Joe says:

      Corey is a Lackey – plain and simple !!!

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