Trump's position appears to run counter to that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the leader of the Department of Justice who rescinded Obama-era guidance on tribal and state marijuana and has vowed to crack down on any growing operations. But it reflects a promise that Gardner said the president himself made in April. "President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all," Gardner said as he agreed to stop placing holds on DOJ nominees, which he had done after Sessions rescinded the guidance in January.
S.3032, which also legalizes industrial hemp, has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. It has not yet been granted a hearing. The House version of the STATES Act is H.R.6043. It has not been granted a hearing either. “The Suquamish Tribe supports this reasoned and pragmatic approach to regulating marijuana in the United States," Chairman Leonard Forsman said following introduction of the bill last week. "It recognizes the dual sovereignty of states and tribal nations -- striking the appropriate balance and respect for each sovereign and their voters’ decisions regarding the decriminalization of marijuana." Obama-Era Guidance [Since Rescinded]:
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