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Trump delivers a shout-out to Gardner’s pot bill

Author: Joey Bunch - June 8, 2018 - Updated: June 8, 2018

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Trump GardnerPresident Trump speaks to reporters about Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s federal marijuana legislation Friday at the White House. (Photo courtesy of Fox News Channel, via screen grab)

Talking to reporters Friday, President Donald Trump said he “probably” will back legislation on states’ rights and marijuana introduced by Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner on Thursday.

Inaudibly in a Fox News clip, a reporter calls out to Trump, evidently asking a question about the measure.

He responded, “I really do, I support Sen. Gardner. I know exactly what he’s doing, we’re looking at it, but I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

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Trump spoke to reporters outside the White House before departing for the G7 Summit in Quebec City in Canada.

A Republican from Yuma, Gardner is sponsoring the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts.

The legislation would protect the marijuana industry in states, territories and tribes that have passed legalization from federal intervention. The bill also could open the door to allowing the marijuana industry to access normal loans and other banking.

Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and in January the Trump administration revoked the Cole Memo, the Obama administration directive to states that if they do an adequate job regulating legalized marijuana, the federal government will stay out of their pot business.

CNN did not list the pot remark on its listing of “Donald Trump’s 26 most astonishing comments on his way to the G7 summit” from the press gaggle.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, however, has a long history of animosity toward marijuana.

Gardner spoke at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver Friday morning, but made no mention of his new marijuana legislation. The summit is put on by the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, an avowed opponent of marijuana legalization.

Sessions is scheduled to speak Friday afternoon.

Colorado Politics will provide reporting on both addresses, as well as a speech Friday night by embattled Environment Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.