President Donald Trump spoke to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner about the federal government’s marijuana policy and assured him states would be allowed to legalize cannabis if they so wished, Gardner said.
“I believe in states’ rights; and the other day, the president notified me that he would be supporting a states’ rights approach when it comes to legalized marijuana,” Gardner said on “The Daily Briefing” Friday.
“The states will be able to determine what they want going forward on recreational, medical marijuana. So we’re going to be working on legislation. He said he would support that legislative effort. We’re going to get together with people on both sides of the aisle to put that forward and get it on the president’s desk.”
Trump’s guarantee supersedes Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been an outspoken critic of marijuana legalization, Gardner said.
“What the president has said is that states like Colorado — Colorado will be protected. The legal industry. As long as it’s following state law as we work on the states approach,” Gardner said. “The president during his campaign said he supported states’ rights and believed that a state’s right approach was the best direction for decisions like this, and this is a continuation of that campaign promise that he laid out.”
The movement to legalize marijuana is gaining steam, Gardner said and thinks a vast majority of Americans support legalization as a matter of policy.
“It certainly is gaining steam. I think 80 percent of the American people believe that states should be left to determine this decision,” Gardner added.
“States should have this ability on their own to decide whether they do this or they don’t,” he concluded. “I think that’s the direction that we head … This is a states’ rights issue. A Tenth Amendment issue. A interstate commerce clause issue, and that’s what most people recognize.”