Rep. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said Monday in a statement that he is readying a “stand-alone legislation” to permanently restrain the U.S. federal government from enforcing its prohibition policy on marijuana.
Rohrabacher, R-CA, made the announcement about the new budding legislation after Rep. Sen. Cory Gardner from Colorado said on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump promised him that the federal government to respect his state’s right over marijuana.
Trump’s assurances to Gardner ended a standoff between the Colorado senator and the Department of Justice.
In response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ clampdown in early January on states where marijuana is already legal like Colorado, Gardner held up about 20 Justice nominations.
Sessions – a Trump appointee – rescinded an Obama-era rule, which allowed states to operate their legal marijuana freely without any federal interference.
Rohrabacher Applauds Trump
Following Gardner’s announcement, Rohrabacher applauded Trump’s commitment in a phone conversation with the Colorado senator.
Rohrabacher said in his statement:
“I am extremely happy that President Trump has made perfectly clear that he meant his campaign promise to respect state laws with regard to marijuana.”
He added: “Now there should be no question in Attorney General Sessions’ mind about the president’s intention.”
Rohrabacher said it is a “fundamental issue of federalism and freedom” in light of the sweeping trend of marijuana legalization taking place in many U.S. states.
There are 30 U.S. states where medical marijuana is legal and eight others that have legalized the recreational use of cannabis.
“As state after state moves to take marijuana out of the hands of the cartels and place it in a competitive market where consumers can be assured of product safety,” he said of the continuous trend.
He said marijuana legalization “encourages more exploration of medical uses for cannabis, which has shown unquestionable promise in the treatment of multiple ailments and disorders.”
“I look forward to working with President Trump and Senator Gardner to move my legislation through Congress. The authors of our great Constitution most assuredly would approve.”
The Orange County Republican was once a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan.
He is known for his support for Russia and marijuana legalization.