President Trump announced Wednesday that he supports legislation to federally de-schedule marijuana, and return the authority to enact cannabis laws to the states.
“Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) said in a statement. “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 has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”
When asked for comment, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated, “We’re always consulting Congress about issues including states’ rights, of which the president is a firm believer.”
This is in direct opposition to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ proposal for a federal crackdown on marijuana in states that have legalized the substance.
The Colorado Republican had used his position in the Senate to place holds on various Trump administration appointees until the White House would assure him their staff intended to work with Congress on passing legislation in the form of a States’ Rights Bill to end federal interference with states who legalized pot.
Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees. My colleagues and I are continuing to work diligently on a bipartisan legislative solution that can pass Congress and head to the President’s desk to deliver on his campaign position.
Gardner also said that he and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are close to finalizing a draft bill, which will be “hopefully moving soon.” Congressmen on both sides of the aisle have shown support for the measure, which could end up on the President’s desk in a matter of weeks.
This is huge, as it would not only take care of taxation issues, but would do away with federal-mandated minimum sentences for marijuana-related offenses. While some states could choose to make weed illegal, given the measures outlined by Senators Gardner and Paul, the goal would be for no more Americans to be sent to prison over marijuana cultivation or possession.
Gardner seems to be well-read on The Art of the Deal, as he has successfully closed a deal with its author. The War on Pot is finally coming to an end.