On April 11, 2018, President Donald Trump promised Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado that he would support efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana, ending a standoff on the Department of Justice nominations.
Ever since January, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed prohibitions that kept federal prosecutors from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana, Gardner has been pushing for a change.
Gardner said he would block all Department Of Justice nominations in response to Sessions’ action in January. With Trump’s statement and support, Gardner is now backing down from his nominee blockade.
“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 said.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders reported that Gardner’s account was accurate and the president supports states’ rights regarding the matter.
After all, Trump believes states should be able to decide on their own laws regarding marijuana, as he said during his 2016 presidential campaign. “I’m a states person, it should be up to the states, absolutely,” he told an interviewer in Colorado.
Gardner hopes to introduce bipartisan legislation to keep the federal government from interfering in state marijuana markets.
Marijuana has been fully legalized in eight states, and the majority of states allow some form of marijuana use. Learn more about each state’s marijuana laws here.
Get Involved in the Marijuana Industry
Many states allow for some type of legal marijuana use and have an established a regulated system for marijuana businesses. The first step towards starting your own marijuana business is obtaining a marijuana business license through an open state application process.
To educate yourself on the application process and start drafting the required business plans for a marijuana business license, download our State-Specific Marijuana Business Starter Package which includes:
- An Informational Overview of your state of interest’s medical marijuana laws
- An Application Guide and Checklist which gives a detailed summary and checklist of all action items you’ll need to complete before submitting your application
- A Business Plan Template to help you start drafting the required plans and executive summary for your business
- A Financial Plan Template to give you and your investors a comprehensive 3-year projection of what you can possibly expect when selling cannabis
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