No progress in meeting on pot between Gardner, Sessions

“Nobody changed their mind in today’s meeting.”

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Senator Cory Gardner speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Senator Cory Gardner speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, July 21, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

There’s no progress reported in talks between Colorado’s Republican senator and the Republican Attorney General over marijuana policy.

Sen. Cory Gardner met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday. Last week Sessions removed Obama-era protections for states like Colorado with legalized marijuana. Gardner acted to prevent confirmation of all nominees to the Department of Justice unless Sessions reversed himself.

Gardner emerged from a meeting with Sessions Wednesday reporting no progress. Gardner said: “Nobody changed their mind in today’s meeting.”

Gardner has convened a bipartisan group of senators to work on legislation protecting states with legal marijuana. Other Colorado legislators are also pushing for an amendment to the spending bill that’d prevent the Department of Justice from spending money to prosecute legal state marijuana use.

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