Trump Will Back States’ Rights on Marijuana
Lost in the week’s news about James Comey, Michael Cohen, and Syria was a significant move by President Trump on the cannabis front. The president now says he’ll back a law to protect states that have legalized cannabis and abandon a recent crackdown on pot legal states launched by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Colorado Senator Cory Gardener says he has spoken with the president and that there is no longer any threat to states that have legalized recreational or medical pot.
"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."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed those discussions Friday.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Sessions received no prior notification of the major policy change -- “an almost unheard of undermining of a Cabinet official.”
Trump’s relationship with his attorney general has deteriorated both publicly and privately since Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2017 election. Given the president’s anger, the undercutting of an issue so near and dear to the attorney general is not much of a surprise.