Holds office U.S. Senate
S.1008 - Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2017 (2017-18)
S.1333 Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015 (2015-16)
S.1803 - MEDS Act (2017-2018)
S. 134: Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 (2015-16)
S.1152 - SAFE Banking Act (2017-18)
*S. 1726: Marijuana Businesses Access to Banking Act of 2015 (2015-16)
S.3032 - STATES Act (2017-2018)
S.777 - Small Business Tax Equity Act of 2017 (2017-2018)
"I am obligated to the people of Colorado to take all steps necessary to protect the state of Colorado and their rights," said Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, a conservative member of the Republican leadership who has rarely broken with the Trump White House.
On Sessions' war on marijuana:
"This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.
"I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation."
"Our medical community continues to find new ways medical marijuana can help patients, but currently there are too many barriers that are holding back even further advancements and research," the Colorado Republican said in a written statement. "This legislation is simple. It will make it easier for our universities, hospitals and scientists to look at new ways that medical marijuana can be used for treatment."
"The new DOJ policies seem to imply that federal authorities will not preempt state laws. Does this set precedent of other areas? For example, several states have passed laws to opt out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, yet the federal government has consistently said it will take over health insurance industries regardless of states that contest the law. If you do not agree that there is a precedent set, would you explain the inconsistencies of why in certain areas federal law may be deemed irrelevant, but not in others?"