Colo. senator to confront Sessions over marijuana memo

Colo. senator to confront Sessions over marijuana memo
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Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE (R-Colo.) says he plans to discuss Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE's decision to rescind a policy allowing the legalized recreational use of marijuana in some states during their meeting on Wednesday. 

Gardner told The Denver Post that if Sessions does not reverse his decision, he will follow through on his threats made last week to hold up the confirmation process for Department of Justice (DOJ) nominees. 


“It’s my job to protect those states’ rights and states’ decisions,” the senator said. “I would anticipate it being [Justice] officials. I would anticipate it being U.S. marshals [and] U.S. attorneys. But the bottom line is this can be solved by the Department of Justice.”

DOJ did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on the meeting.

Justice Department officials told The Post that at least 24 people would immediately be affected if Gardner worked to block the nominees. 

Gardner first made the threats last week and said Sessions had told him before he was confirmed by the Senate he would not reverse the Obama-era policy, also known as the Cole memo.

The policy is aimed at discouraging federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana-related offenses in states where the substance is legal, including Colorado. 

The move to rescind the memo could put the department in conflict with states including Colorado, Washington and California, which became the sixth state to legalize recreational marijuana earlier this month. Massachusetts and Maine are set to join those states later this year.