While Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama policy that denied the use of federal resources to go after marijuana users and growers in states where their activities are legal, Trump has now apparently promised a Colorado senator that his administration will continue to leave such states alone and let them follow their own policies.
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 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.
“Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana,” Gardner said Friday. “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.”
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. Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees.”
Now the obvious question: Will he stick to that promise? Only a fool would bet any money on it. I might believe it if he ordered Sessions to reinstate the DOJ guidance on the matter that is consistent with this promise and orders the DEA and federal prosecutors not to investigate or prosecute anyone for a marijuana-related action that is legal in the state in which it took place. Until then, it’s just a promise, and accepting the promises of a pathological liar is never wise.