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'This is Progress:' AZ Dispensaries Praise Trump's Support for State Marijuana Laws

'This is Progress:' AZ Dispensaries Praise Trump's Support for State Marijuana Laws

President Donald Trump will lift his administration's plans for a possible crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana after talks with a Colorado senator, the White House said on Friday, an action that undercuts U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Now, in a statement, he says Trump has promised him the Justice Department's new policy wouldn't impact Colorado.

Now, it appears, Grader's gamble has paid off as he announced that, "President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states' rights issue once and for all". Congressman Jared Polis, who introduced a bill in March 2017 to de-schedule marijuana as a federally illegal substance, worked with Gardner and state representatives Ed Perlmutter and Diana DeGette to create a spending-bill amendment to restrict the DOJ from interfering with Colorado's legal pot industry.

This story is developing and will be updated. 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.

Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked Obama-era protections for states, including Colorado, that have broadly legalized marijuana. But "it's a good and better tone" from the federal government that state governments like Arizona's should acknowledge, he said.

The Event begins at 11 a.m. with a pro-legalization speak-out at the assembly point at W. 31 St. and Broadway where State Sen.

"I hope he got something in writing", said Sam Kamin, a Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy at the University of Denver.

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In a comment to the Washington Post on Friday, Trump's legislative affairs director, Marc Short said that the president, "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", adding that he doesn't want this to seem like the president has caved to Gardner's demands, "we're reluctant to reward that sort of behavior".

But now he's dropped his stand after the President said he would support a bill that would protect states rights, even though that bill doesn't even exist yet?

Sessions did not immediately react to the development, but a source familiar with the matter told the Daily News that the Justice Department had not been consulted before Trump's phone call. "But at the same time, we're anxious to get our team at the Department of Justice". I think it's up to the state's yeah, I'm a states person.

The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act is now being considered by the New York State legislature.

It may be modeled on a 2014 budget amendment that prevented the Department of Justice from spending money to enforce federal laws against marijuana users and businesses in states that legalized the drug and were following all applicable state laws.


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