President Donald Trump endorses letting states decide how to regulate marijuana, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today.
He is a firm believer in states' rights, she said, adding that Trump recently spoke with Colorado Senator Cory Gardner about marijuana legalization.
Longtime Trump consigliere Roger Stone is a cannabis advocate, and spoke in 2017 to your faithful Boing Boing correspondent about his plan to push Trump to legalize it. It's widely reported.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an anti-cannabis hardliner. Unlike John Boehner, he's not likely to change his position, even as the siren call of cash grows louder.
Trump should legalize marijuana at the federal level. Do it. It'd be a more effective way of getting back at Sessions than merely firing him.
Marijuana stocks surged on the news.
The administration is effectively abandoning its crackdown on legal marijuana, as well.
The Trump administration is abandoning a Justice Department threat to crack down on recreational marijuana in states where it is legal, a move that could enable cannabis businesses in California and other states that have legalized pot to operate without fear of federal raids and prosecution.
Sen Cory Gardner says President Trump has promised to support legislation protecting state marijuana industries from prosecution. Gardner will lift his hold on DoJ nominees that he placed in January when Jeff Sessions rescinded protections for those states. pic.twitter.com/YSziODSaPm
— Nick Riccardi (@NickRiccardi) April 13, 2018
Asking Congress to send him a marijuana federalism bill would be a good way for Trump to do something broadly popular in an election year AND get back at Jeff Sessions https://t.co/YfFtUemNuq
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) April 13, 2018
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) April 13, 2018
NEW: Sen. Cory Gardner lifts hold on DOJ nominees after saying he "received a commitment" from Pres. Trump that rescission of Obama-era guidance on state marijuana laws "will not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry." https://t.co/hW5O641Ylg pic.twitter.com/y0vIlBeSmg
— ABC News (@ABC) April 13, 2018
GOP Lawmaker: Trump Administration Pledges Non-Interference In Legal Marijuana States https://t.co/OBCKzKnbB6
— NORML (@NORML) April 13, 2018