Trump promises he will support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana

Written By: Jen Neville
April 17, 2018

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Recent positive developments in the U.S. political environment towards cannabis have taken place,  however, both advocates and opponents of legalized marijuana reacted with caution to the promised assistance from President Trump which assured Senate Republicans that he would support the congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana.

Also worth noting, Former House Speaker John Boehner, who had spent much of his political career working against cannabis legalization,  announced last week that he had joined Acreage Holdings, which cultivates, processes, and dispenses legal marijuana in the United States. Boehner noted in a tweet that his "thinking on cannabis had evolved". Trump’s pledge to Gardner is a significant and potentially game-changing development but it does not necessarily mean that Sessions it no longer a threat to licensed cannabis businesses.

Senator Cory Garner, had recently released a statement regarding the current status of the Administration’s policy toward legal marijuana. In response to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) January 4th announcement that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memorandum, Senator Gardner placed a hold on all DOJ nominees until he received a commitment that Colorado’s rights would not be infringed. After positive discussions with DOJ, Gardner lifted some of his holds but kept the rest in place until he received a full commitment that the guidelines of the Cole Memo would be respected.

Gardener commented "Since the campaign, President Trump had consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana. 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."

Furthermore, President Trump provided assurances and pledged to sign into law a bill that would support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix the issue regarding states’ rights to regulate cannabis.

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