Gary Johnson: Trump admin marijuana policy shift could cost him reelection
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Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonBiden broadened Democratic base, cut into Trump coalition: study New Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years MORE warned in a new interview that the Trump administration’s reversal on a key marijuana policy could cost Trump his reelection.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Johnson said Trump is “grossly underestimating the anger” that will follow Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE rescinding a Justice Department policy on states legalizing marijuana.

Johnson was named president and CEO of Cannabis Sativa, Inc., a medical cannabis business, in 2014, and is a supporter of marijuana legalization.

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The former Libertarian Party presidential candidate, who received 4.5 million votes in the 2016 presidential election, said he hopes the Trump administration’s shift “dooms” Trump’s reelection chances.

"I hope it dooms his reelection. Trump promised to leave marijuana to the states," Johnson told the newspaper.

On Thursday, Sessions rescinded the Obama-era policy that ordered U.S. attorneys in states where marijuana has been legalized to deprioritize prosecution of marijuana-related cases.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said he would not seek to halt recreational marijuana sales in states that legalized it.

“I am a states person. I think it should be up to the states,” he said at the time.

Sessions was slammed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle following the announcement.

Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerProtecting the outdoors: Three cheers for America's best idea Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Biden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program MORE (R-Colo.) took to the Senate floor to assert that Sessions had told him before his confirmation as attorney general that he didn’t plan to try to reverse his state’s policies legalizing marijuana, and threatened to block all Justice Department nominees until Sessions “lives up to the commitment that he made to me.”

"I would like to know from the attorney general what has changed,” Gardner said. “What has changed the president's mind? Why is Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE thinking differently than what he promised the people of Colorado?”