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FILE PHOTO: Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. expresses appreciation to police officers during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. FILE PHOTO: Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo. expresses appreciation to police officers during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
COLORADO -

Colorado Republican Sen.Cory Gardner reported no significant progress after his meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over legal marijuana policy.

According to the Associated Press, Gardner said "nobody changed their mind in today's meeting,"

In a statement released Wednesday, Gardner said he would work with Democrats and Republicans in congress about taking steps to protect Colorado state law, which legalized marijuana.

“I reiterated my concern that states’ rights were being infringed on through this action and we agreed to continue talks. I also hope to expand these discussions with the Justice Department to include several of my Democrat and Republican colleagues about what steps can be taken legislatively to protect Colorado’s rights,” said Senator Gardner. 

Gardner had earlier criticized the decision from Sessions to rescind a policy that previously allowed federal prosecutors to decide whether they would aggressively enforce federal marijuana law in their jurisdictions.

Gardner also tweeted that he would take "all steps necessary" to make sure Attorney General Sessions lives up to his prior commitment in regard to state handling of legal marijuana. The Colorado U.S. attorney's office said it  won't change its approach to prosecuting marijuana crimes.

Officials however wouldn't say whether federal prosecutors would target marijuana shops and legal growers, nor would they speculate on whether prosecutions related to marijuana would increase. 

RELATED:

Sen. Gardner opposes Attorney General Sessions change in marijuana policy

Pueblo reacts to Sessions decision on marijuana enforcement 

Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions' new policy

(The Associated Press contributed to the writing of this article.)

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