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- Sen. Cory Gardner
Marijuana and hemp supporters have had an exciting week.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, announced that President Donald Trump had committed to him that the Department of Justice's rescission of the Cole Memo, which protected states with legal marijuana from federal intrusion in their legal industries, would not impact Colorado's legal marijuana industry. "Furthermore," Gardner wrote in a press release, "President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states' rights issue once and for all."
Gardner had earlier placed a hold on all Department of Justice nominees due to the pulling of the Cole memo, though he later softened that to some nominees. He says he will now lift all such holds.
Meanwhile, as earlier promised, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, introduced the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would make hemp legal nationwide. Currently, hemp growing is legal in most states under a limited federal program. The Cannabist reports that the bill would "establish hemp as an agricultural commodity, protect state regimes, add crop insurance, and bolster research," while clarifying that CBD extracted from hemp is a legal commodity. McConnell has been a major proponent of the hemp industry.