In keeping with his 2016 Presidential campaign pledges to support medical marijuana legislation, President Donald Trump has reportedly reaffirmed his support for current and future legislation that “protects states’ rights” on legalized medical marijuana policies. Since early 2018, acting in direct opposition to President Trump’s pro-cannabis pledges, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his personal vendetta against pro-marijuana state legislation and ramped up a reignited federal war on drugs, leaving a large percentage of Trump’s supporters feeling frustrated and betrayed.
The president’s statement directly contradicted AG Sessions’ official DOJ position. Last January Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy, known as “the Cole memo,” which asserted individual state rights and granted states more leeway over the federal government on marijuana policy. The Cole memo” was named in reference to former Deputy Attorney General James Cole, whose memo explained the policy.
In a statement made on Friday April 13th, Colorado Republican Senator, Cory Gardner, said he’d received an assurance from President Trump in support of the states’ rights on this issue earlier this week.
“Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” Gardner said. “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,” Gardner added, “President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”
President Trump’s announcement comes as a huge relief to many, including those who have life-threatening illnesses that medical cannabis can safely and effectively treat, those who have heavily invested and risked their livelihoods in providing medical and recreational cannabis to legally regulated dispensaries