"President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states' rights issue once and for all", Gardner said in a statement. "Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees".
Gardner lifted holds on Assistant Attorney General for National Security, United States Attorneys, and United States Marshals nominees in February as an "act of good faith" after talks with DOJ leadership.
Trump says he will back congressional efforts to protect states' rights to legal marijuana, according to a Republican senator.
Trump told Gardner in a call late Wednesday that the cannabis industry in Colorado will not be targeted, the Senator announced Friday. In a phone call earlier this week, Trump assured Gardner that Colorado's legal marijuana industry is safe from federal interference, ending a standoff between the senator and the U.S. Department of Justice over states' rights to legalize the plant. "The president during his campaign said he supported states' rights and believed that a state's right approach was the best direction for decisions like this, and this is a continuation of that campaign promise that he laid out".
"This can not be another episode of @realDonaldTrump telling somebody whatever they want to hear, only to change directions later on", U.S. Sen.
Gardner has been pushing to reverse a decision made by U.S. 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.
Gardner, who heads the campaign operation charged with hanging on to the Republicans' Senate majority, was irate in January when Sessions revoked guidance from the Obama administration, known as the Cole memo, that had discouraged prosecutors from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the drug.
Marijuana legalization advocates were ebullient.
Sen. Cory Gardner was encouraged by Trump's announcement.
Senator on if President Trump has got the jurisdiction required to authorize a attack on Assad regime from Colorado, discusses Mike Pompeo's suitability to become deal using the Trump government and secretary of state to protect states' rights within the legalization of bud. But Gardner said Sessions had promised him he'd do nothing to interfere with Colorado's robust marijuana market. Gardner has met with Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russian Federation probe who has been the target of Trump's ire.
Gardner and others were concerned that it could lead to federal agents taking enforcement actions against dispensaries and other businesses that are legal under Colorado state law.
Maybe we shouldn't get too excited until there's an actual piece of legislation protecting marijuana states. Trump's backing is seen as key to getting a bill through Congress.