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Trump Vows to Respect State Marijuana Laws

by Countable | 4.16.18

What’s the story?

  • President Donald Trump promised to respect state-legalized marijuana in a deal with Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who’s been blocking Justice Department nominees.


  • “Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states’ rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana," Gardner said in a statement Friday, adding:
“President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”


Why does it matter?

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been an outspoken critic of legal pot, and in January rescinded Obama-era guidelines that eased the enforcement of federal marijuana laws.
  • White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Friday that Gardner’s statement was “accurate” and the president supported states' rights in the matter.
  • Gardner said he’d work with other senators on bipartisan legislation to protect states’ recreational marijuana industries.


What do you think?

Do you want your reps to support legislation protecting states’ recreational marijuana industries? Do you agree with Gardner that the issue of marijuana legalization must be left up to the states? Or do you support Sessions and the DOJ? Or Hit Take Action and let them know, then share your thoughts below.


—Josh Herman


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  • S.
    04/16/2018
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    Fankly, the states have moved past old men like Jeff Sessions and their antiquated views. We have Google now. Someone should show Sessions how to use a computer so he can look up basic facts about cannabis deaths. (Hint: there are none.)

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  • John
    04/16/2018
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    Marijuana ought to be a legal, regulated, and taxed product, just as alcohol is. There should also be extensive studies done on it’s medical uses/benefits.

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  • FreeAmerica
    04/16/2018
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    Even though I’m mostly conservative in values I do support Cannabis legalization and States rights to do so. Jeff Sessions is a complete idiot when it comes to this matter. He’s even said “marijuana and CBD are just as dangerous as heroine”. You can see the lack of intelligence in that quote. I’m glad President Trump has finally came out and backed this again since he did campaign on this matter too.

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  • K
    04/16/2018
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    Which means he won’t because he is a liar.

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  • Shannon
    04/16/2018
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    The federal law about marijuana is ridiculous anyway - it's a Schedule 1 drug, legally considered more dangerous than either cocaine or opioids. Schedule 1 also means no medical value. This is flatly untrue. How many deaths due to marijuana overdose have you ever in your life heard of? How many people get high and kill people in marijuana fueled rages? How asap the same questions about alcohol, cocaine, and especially opioids. Allowing states to figure out good policy is the way to go.

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  • TracyEckels
    04/16/2018
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    I too believe that Marijuana should just be legalized. There is nothing standing in the way of legalization of marijuana. We should just use the same laws that are applied for the use of alcohol and cigarettes, meaning that there should be an age limit for the purchase of marijuana and people should not be allowed to use it in areas that could pose any danger of second hand smoke. The taxes that legalized marijuana could bring in are astounding! Just think about the millions of dollars that it would bring in and used for the public good. Like paying our teachers a guaranteed living wage and paying for the basic school supplies that teachers are paying for by themselves. Despicable!

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  • Sonya
    04/16/2018
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    Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and has medicinal qualities that can actually help people, unlike alcohol. It needs to be legalized for recreational use in Ohio now that it is legal for medical use.

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  • Loren
    04/16/2018
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    Stop the war on drugs. It is an abject failure and deeply racist and irrational. I don't vote for anyone that supports the war on drugs in anyway whatsoever.

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  • Christopher
    04/16/2018
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    I whole-heartedly support legislation protecting state’s rights when it comes to marijuana legalization.

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  • Ann
    04/16/2018
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    He might want to fill Sessions in on it.

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  • OlderNWiser
    04/18/2018
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    #45 promised health care for all too. His appointees are inappropriate, inept, destructive and dangerous plus Imagining he will keep a promise is a losing bet. As a retired RN I studied everything possible about cannabis and was stunned at how benign, how useful, how helpful and how entirely non-toxic it is, especially in contrast to alcohol. A classmate smoked it daily while working on his PhD. Give me a peaceful stoner over a violent drinker any day. Cannabis—yes, #45 and his evil sycophants—no!

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  • J. scott
    04/16/2018
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    I believe marijuana should be legal and taxed like alcohol. We also need extensive and reputable studies about its effects. Currently people are making all these claims that it has all these miraculous properties many of which I believe are fully dubious. Nevertheless, I think it should be unrestricted and fully available to people who want to use it. I live in Colorado and it’s legal here and things seem to be working out fine. You don’t have to swallow all the hype to support its availability.

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  • Cynthia
    04/16/2018
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    Marijuana has been written by the feds as a drug. IT IS AN HERB, and an almost-harmless HERB. Those who rate it as a drug have never tried it because “oooohhhhh its a horrible and dangerous drug.” If what I say is mostly true, then how does one justify these two killers are legal - alcohol and cigarettes, and the often-healing properties of marijuana seen as equally “bad?!” The only way marijuana is considered a drug would be the enjoyable altering of mood for the better. What a way to go! I started marijuana at age 60 to help me sleep and focus. Initially I used it for nausea when the VA hospital was overdosing me on a legal drug! I almost died and was vomiting for over a year because the VA people DID NOT KNOW AT FIRST WHY I WAS VIOLENTLY ILL. So feds: don’t tell me how to manage my own needs! The ONLY THING THIS PRES HAS DONE RIGHT IS AGREE TO NOT BOTHER THE STATES’ Legalities OF POT, and his willingness to bomb chemical facilities! Otherwise, Trump is a frumpy chump who is as crooked as anyone could be. Of course, I had to add my remarks about our mobster in charge!😁

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  • Lola
    04/16/2018
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    As much as I want state laws about marijuana to be recognized and respected, this smacks of blackmail to me. First sessions recinds the laws then trump says he will give us back our rights IF we allow him to put more of his people into the swamp!!! People are bargaining our country away while we are held hostage by rich people with power

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  • Bryn
    04/16/2018
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    While I totally support the legalization of marijuana on principle, this is not the way to do it. By letting states contradict federal law without consequences, a poor precedent is being set. The federal govt needs to repeal its prohibition on marijuana and let individual states decide if they want it to be legal within the borders of their state.

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  • Laura
    04/17/2018
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    So 45 is saying the right thing, but for the wrong reason. He is not respecting states’ rights or acknowledging the abundance of evidence that there is no significant harm to either the individual or society from marijuana. He is twisting a Congressman’s arm in order to further promote his agenda through DOJ appointees. I am a strong proponent of legalizing marijuana and believe the harassment of states that have done so is shameful. That said, the deal Cory Gardner has struck concerns me for more than one reason. The most obvious of course is liar, liar pants on fire 45 is completely untrustworthy, so his word to respect Colorado’s rights and decisions seems pretty worthless. There is no information in the article regarding which nominees are being held up, but considering the orange buffoon’s prior nominations, I can see a problem for the nation with their approval. So my question is was it worth it? The legalization of marijuana is riding a tidal wave of approval right now, even in really red states. It’s going to be legal in practically every state before too long. Then what are the feds going to do? The fight against it is unsustainable. So I hope this bargain turns out to be worth it once those DOJ nominees are in place and doing their trump thing. As a sidebar, what’s the deal with this administration and states’ rights? States have the right to suppress the vote and discriminate but they’d better not allow a harmless plant and natural remedy to be grown and sold? What’s with that? Also, crazy thought, but what are the chances 45 made this deal because he’s pissed at Sessions and just wanted to publicly humiliate him some more? I don’t know, but it seems pretty 45ish to me.

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  • Mark
    04/16/2018
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    He wants to rule the world. How many days will this promise last? KMA, Trumpster. Remember when he said he wasn’t a politician? He can’t say that, anymore,

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  • SirRobert
    04/16/2018
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    NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Take Marijuana off of Schedule 1. Besides, does anyone think that Trump will keep his word on anything?!!

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  • NoHedges
    04/17/2018
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    Yes, and a week before PA-18 special election Trump vowed to enact authentic gun legislation, to stand up to the NRA, and finally do something to protect kids. Which once the votes were cast, he back pedaled. 🚥Oh, look it is almost a week out from AR08 special election and 45 is vowing to stop meddling in cannabis laws. 👺Media ploy to improve his numbers nothing more. GOP must have orders to drug 45s sippy cup. 🚧My prediction: Next up will be some tragic loss of lives mid summer to distract the media about six weeks, maybe even 2 or 3 either mass causalities or something similar, before Ohio's special election, followed by half a million dollars in a slander campaign by conservatives, and ending with a week of good Trump prior to the special election. 💥Syrian or other conflict likely for late August where fears of World War 3 will capture the media's attention and then 45 will be forced to be on his best behavior or have his sippy cup drugged throughout much of September-October. 🌋I would advise against trick or treating and instead consider renting a cabin at one of your local YMCA ranches. YMCA stands for the young men's christian association, so hopefully you will be safe.

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  • Don
    04/16/2018
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    Fight for legal marijuana federally. We all know that it is certainly no worse than alcohol or tobacco, while most likely providing some medical benefits in certain cases. A schedule 1 drug poses no medicinal value, so at the very least it should be reclassified. Reclassification would allow for medical studies, and we allow that for opioids. I’m a moderate/conservative and even I think this marijuana conversation is old and it should just be legal already. Thank you for your time.

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