AG Ferguson statement on Trump marijuana news

Sessions has been a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization throughout his political career

President Donald Trump claims he knows how to strike a deal, and that's just what he did with Senator Cory Gardner to end a months-long fight between Gardner and United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sen. Cory Gardner was encouraged by Trump's announcement.

. In light of Trump's phone call, the senator said he has had a change of heart.

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

President Donald Trump has reportedly lent his support to a US senator from Colorado, promising to back legislation that "protects states' rights" on legalized marijuana.

Trump says he will back congressional efforts to protect states' rights to legal marijuana, according to a Republican senator.

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".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said during Friday's press briefing that the president spoke with Gardner today and yesterday.

Gardner called out both Sessions and Trump on the Senate floor shortly after Sessions announced his decision in January, evoking the president's past remarks on the campaign trail about states' rights while reminding the AG of their past discussions on the issue before the Senate confirmed Sessions in 2017.

Inside his Friday statement, Gardner mentioned he'd released until he gained & ldquo; the full devotion that the guidelines of this Cole Memo wouldbe honored, a few holds, but abandoned others in place.

He designated Colorado, the very first nation allowing recreational bud sales. "I'm a states person, it should be up to the states, absolutely", he told a television interviewer in Colorado that year. "They have a lot of issues going on at this time in Colorado - several big problems", Trump said.

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

"Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees", Gardner continued in the statement.

The movement to legalize marijuana is gaining steam, Gardner said and thinks a vast majority of Americans support legalization as a matter of policy. Replacements of any of those officials would require new nominations. 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.

Legislation to protect states where marijuana is legal is still being drafted.

While more than half of the US states have approved marijuana for medical or recreational use, it is still illegal under federal law.

Gardner's office is hopeful of getting enough bipartisan support for the bill to pass the GOP-controlled Congress - something the president's backing would aid.

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