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Trump says he will back congressional efforts to protect states' rights to legal marijuana

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", said Gardner.

"Because of these commitments, I have informed the Administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees", Gardner continued in the statement.

Recently, Gardner and Justice officials have been in discussions for months to get the holds lifted. He said he was going to block DOJ nominees until the Cole Memo, which protected legalized marijuana states, was reinstated.

Cory Gardner said Trump promised him over the phone Wednesday that a memo Sessions issued past year won't affect his home state.

Canadian and U.S. marijuana stocks are riding high on news that U.S. President Donald Trump will support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized cannabis, which is illegal south of the border under federal law. "Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice's rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry", said Gardner in a statement on Friday.

"Given how much larger the US 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.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., listens as President Donald Trump speaks before hosting a lunch with Senate Republicans in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on December 5, 2017.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions instead directed USA attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion.

While dozens of states have legalized marijuana in one form or another, the substance remains federally prohibited.

Democratic US Representative Earl Blumenauer of OR, another state with permissive marijuana laws, expressed skepticism, saying, "Trump changes his mind constantly".

Trump "does respect Colorado's right to decide for themselves how to best approach this issue", White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said in an interview Friday.

But thanks to a phone call from Trump Wednesday, April 11, Gardner has lifted all of the holds and says he will refrain from doing so going forward. However, Gardner mentioned he had been promised by Sessions he'd do absolutely nothing to interfere with the robust bud market of Colorado. Gardner has met with Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russian Federation probe who has been the target of Trump's ire.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speeches Bill, Jan. 22, 2018.

Meanwhile, legislation to protect states where marijuana is legal is still being drafted.

While several states have legalized cannabis for medical or recreational use, marijuana remains an illegal schedule 1 drug under USA federal law.

The action came amid widespread speculation that Trump will remove Justice officials overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

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