Editor's Note: President Trump has expressed support for allowing states to decide how to regulate marijuana in a concession to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) who had been blocking Trump's Justice Department nominees. Gardner's actions were in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinding an earlier Justice Department memo that had provided states that have legalized marijuana with some protection from federal enforcement.

Washington Post
April 13, 2018

President Trump has promised a top Senate Republican that he will support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana - defusing a months-long standoff between Sen. Cory Gardner and the administration over Justice Department nominees.

In January, the Colorado Republican said he would block all DOJ nominations after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo that heightened the prospect of a federal marijuana crackdown in states that had legalized the substance. Gardner's home state made recreational marijuana legal in 2014. 

In a phone call late Wednesday, Trump told Gardner that despite the DOJ memo, the marijuana industry in Colorado will not be targeted, the senator said in a statement Friday. Satisfied, the first-term senator is now backing down from his nominee blockade.

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