Sen. Gardner continues to block Justice Department appointments after sudden departure of top official

Gardner promised to prevent the confirmation of all Justice Department nominees after Sessions lifted Obama-era protections for states that have legalized marijuana.

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

By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The sudden departure of the Justice Department’s No. 3 official is adding to the turmoil at an agency that already lacks permanent, politically appointed leaders for many of its most important divisions.

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand’s resignation builds on an unusual problem that has contributed to instability in the department, current and former officials say, and has prevented the Trump administration from fully implementing its agenda more than a year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions took office.

Sessions lamented situation Monday, blaming a single Republican senator for holding up the confirmations of key figures, including the heads of the department’s national security, criminal and civil rights divisions. While not mentioning him by name, Sessions left no doubt he was referring to Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who promised to prevent the confirmation of all Justice Department nominees after Sessions lifted Obama-era protections for states that have legalized marijuana.


GOP candidate offers stark weed warnings, but nobody’s promising a crackdown in Colorado

Even if a Republican wins the Colorado governor’s office, there’s very little chance that the state will abandon its support of legal marijuana.

Even if a Republican wins the Colorado governor’s office, there’s very little chance that the state will abandon its support of legal marijuana.

However, at least one GOP candidate is promising a harder line against cannabis producers and drugged drivers. In a recent radio interview, Victor Mitchell said that Colorado has badly mishandled legalization.

From there, we’ll review what we’ve heard from the other GOP candidates for governor in 2018.


Arvada man’s attempt to mail marijuana leads to one-year sentence

Prosecutors say a the man has been sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison after investigators found 123 marijuana plants at his home.

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Prosecutors say a Colorado man has been sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison after investigators found 123 marijuana plants at his home.

According to a statement issued Thursday by U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer’s office, investigators searched Mark Koenig’s home in Arvada after finding that he had mailed three packages in 2015 and one package in 2016 containing marijuana.