According to a statement released Friday by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), President Trump said in a phone call on Wednesday that he would not allow the Department of Justice to target businesses and individuals who are in compliance with state laws regulating marijuana for adults. Sen. Gardner also said the President would support legislation allowing states to determine their own marijuana polices without federal interference.
While on the campaign trail, Trump made several comments in support of medical marijuana and leaving marijuana policy to the states. As President, he has been mostly silent on the issue, and his statements directing federal prosecutors to pursue the death penalty in some drug cases caused concerns among marijuana policy reform advocates that he would retreat from his campaign positions on marijuana.
On January 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a Department of Justice policy instituted in 2013 that directed federal prosecutors not to enforce federal marijuana laws against individuals and businesses that are in compliance with state medical or adult-use marijuana laws. In response, Sen. Gardner threatened to block any departmental nominees until he received assurances that his state