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"I can confirm the president did speak with Sen".

Matt Fox, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates state control of marijuana laws, said this was a positive step in the short and long term - as a signal to Sessions to get more in line with Trump's previously-stated views on marijuana policy and as motivation for lawmakers to seriously tackle marijuana policy reform.

"Since the campaign, President Trump has consistently supported states' rights to decide for themselves how best to approach marijuana", Gardner said.

Just months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy, known as the Cole memo, which allowed cannabis farms and businesses to operate without fear of federal intervention.

Members of Oregon's congressional delegation took to Twitter on Friday to call for addressing the issue in Congress, including Democratic U.S. Sen.

And Gov. Jay Inslee tweeted of the report, "This is welcome news, if true".

"Furthermore", Gardner added, "President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states' rights issue once and for all".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that the president had made such commitments to Gardner, when asked at Friday's press briefing.

Brown, a Democrat who has been vocal in her opposition to numerous Trump administration's policies, said in a written statement Friday that she would "appreciate" assurances from the president. "I'm a states person, it should be up to the states, absolutely", he told one television interviewer in Colorado in 2016.

Trump and Sessions have had moments of friction in their relationship for months, on issues unrelated to the legality of marijuana.

As for marijuana itself, during the presidential race Trump said states should be able to decide their own pot policies. "I remain committed to keeping cannabis in the state of OR, but out of the hands of children, while protecting the will of Oregonian voters, who overwhelmingly support the legal cannabis industry and the jobs it creates".

Andrew Lelling, the U.S. Attorney in MA, however, said in a January statement that he could not "provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution". But Gardner said Sessions had promised him he'd do nothing to interfere with Colorado's robust marijuana market.

Gardner stated he had been blindsided when his announcement was left by Sessions in January with regards to bud prosecutions.

In protest of the memo's repeal, Gardner began blocking Justice Department nominees.

Inside his Friday statement, Gardner mentioned he'd released until he gained & ldquo; the full devotion that the guidelines of this Cole Memo wouldbe honored, a few holds, but abandoned others in place.

The action came amid widespread speculation that Trump will remove Justice officials overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Gardner has met with Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russian Federation probe who has been the target of Trump's ire.

Gardner said because of those commitments, he informed the Administration that he would be lifting remaining holds on DOJ nominees.

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