On April 13, 2018, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican representing Colorado, announced that he was assured by President Trump that the Trump administration would not be taking any actions that would negatively interfere with Colorado’s legal cannabis industry. Additionally, Senator Gardner stated that President Trump pledged to support a federalism-based legislation solution that would give Colorado ultimate authority to create its own policies on the issue.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Senator Gardner’s account as being accurate.
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Last Friday President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill.  In doing so, he averted a federal government shutdown – and renewed protections for medical cannabis patients and providers.

Renewed Protections

The spending bill includes the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer provision.  This provision prohibits Department of Justice funds from being used to prevent U.S. states and territories “from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the Drug Enforcement Administration both operate under the Department of Justice, so the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer restrictions apply to them.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

On the other side of this issue, Attorney General Sessions has taken actions over the past year in line with his longstanding anti-cannabis position.
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