Apr 16, 2018

Agreement Between President Trump and Sen. Gardner is a Win for States’ Rights

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – President Donald Trump and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) have reportedly struck a compromise in which the administration will not target Colorado’s legal marijuana industry and Sen. Gardner will end his blockade of the president’s Justice Department nominees.

Sen. Gardner had placed a hold on such nominees after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo earlier this year giving federal prosecutors more discretion to levy marijuana charges in states that have legalized the drug.

Freedom Partners opposed the attorney general’s move on the grounds that it violated the 10th Amendment of the Constitution. The group is pleased to see a deal worked out between the president and Sen. Gardner and is encouraging the administration to yield to other states that have passed their own laws governing the use of marijuana.

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement:

“We applaud the president and Sen. Gardner for honoring the 10th Amendment and advancing an approach to criminal justice that is both smart on crime and soft on taxpayers. We encourage Washington to continue working with states on innovative criminal justice reforms that increase public safety, save taxpayers money and create opportunities for individuals who have served their time and are hungry for a second chance.”

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