On the night of April 11, 2018, Trump and Gardner had a telephone conversation in which the president contradicted the Sessions memo, telling the senator from Colorado - where marijuana has been legalized for adult-use since 2014 - would not be subjected to a federal crackdown on cannabis.
"Given how much larger the USA cannabis market is in comparison to Canada or any other country this development is potentially game-changing for industry participants", he said in an emailed statement. "Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", said Gardner in a statement on Friday.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders affirmed the accounts of the president's thinking of Gardner - but Sessions' reaction wasn't immediately known. "I remain committed to keeping cannabis in the state of OR, but out of the hands of children, while protecting the will of Oregonian voters, who overwhelmingly support the legal cannabis industry and the jobs it creates".
"We're always consulting Congress about issues, including states' rights, of which the president is a firm believer".
President donaldtrump has reportedly lent his support to a USA senator from Colorado, asserting to endorse legislation which "safeguards states' rights" on legalized bud. Ron Wyden of OR, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter.
During the campaign, Trump said states should be able to chart their own course on marijuana.
While more than half of the US states have approved marijuana for medical or recreational use, it is still illegal under federal law. But Trump has also railed at the dangers of drug-related crime and suggested recreational marijuana should not be permitted. "They have a lot of issues going on at this time in Colorado - several big problems", Trump said.
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President Donald Trump will not be letting Attorney General Jeff Sessions undermine Colorado's thriving marijuana industry. However, Gardner mentioned he had been promised by Sessions he'd do absolutely nothing to interfere with the robust bud market of Colorado. Sessions and also Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official supervising the Russian Federation probe that has been the aim of the ire of Trump has been met with by Gardner.
One of Gardner's primary points of contention with Sessions' decision to bring the hammer down on states with legal cannabis markets was his assurance during his confirmation hearings that he "would leave states that had legalized marijuana alone".
Gardner and the Department of Justice have been in discussions for months to get the holds lifted.
In retaliation, Gardner used his power as a senator to prevent consideration of any nominees for the Department of Justice - an extraordinary step for a senator to use against an administration run by another member of his party.
Inside his Friday statement, Gardner mentioned he'd released until he gained & ldquo; the full devotion that the guidelines of this Cole Memo wouldbe honored, a few holds, but abandoned others in place.
Legislation to protect states where marijuana is legal is still being drafted.