Bipartisan lawmakers tell Trump to respect state marijuana laws

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A bipartisan group of House and Senate members are urging the Trump administration to back away from interfering with legal marijuana laws.

The group of 54 lawmakers sent a letter to the president on Thursday asking him to go against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempts to roll back protections on state marijuana laws, reports Marijuana Moment‘s Tom Angell.

“As a candidate, you stated: ‘I really believe we should leave [marijuana] up to the states’ and that ‘it’s got to be a state decision.’ We trust that you still hold this belief, and we request that you urge the Attorney General to reinstate the Cole Memorandum,” wrote the group of lawmakers led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).

Attorney General Sessions earlier this year rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era policy that allows states to operate their own legal marijuana programs without fear of federal interference.

“This action has the potential to unravel efforts to build sensible drug policies that encourage economic development as we are finally moving away from antiquated practices that have…

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