The Nevada Independent reported on Friday that Nevada leaders expressed cautious optimism Friday after Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner announced a pact with President Donald Trump to help protect states that have legalized marijuana.
Gardner, who represents a state with legalized recreational marijuana, had vowed in January to block all of Trump’s nominations to the Department of Justice after Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked the Cole Memo — Obama-era guidance that gave states some comfort that federal prosecutors wouldn’t target state-legal marijuana industries. In a statement, Gardner announced he was lifting that blockade — a significant impediment in a Senate where Republicans hold a thin 51-49 majority — because Trump told him Colorado would be spared.
“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,” Gardner said in a statement that was first reported by The Washington Post. “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.”
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