Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner answers question during telephone town hall

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DENVER -- Coloradans have been demanding answers from Republican Sen. Cory Gardner on issues such as the future of marijuana in the state, health care and Russia.

Gardner held a telephone town hall meeting Wednesday, taking took questions from constituents for almost an hour.

Close to 10,000 people listened in. One woman asked if Gardner would stand up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions who is publicly against states that have legalized marijuana.

The question came after the Trump administration hinted at a federal crackdown on recreational marijuana.

"He said he would not make this a priority, which at least seems to be at odds with what (press secretary) Sean Spicer said," Gardner said of a recent conversation he had with Sessions.

"I've asked the White House for clarification on this matter and will continue to pursue what is the best interest on Colorado."

Gardner was also asked about what he would do about those people who are worried about losing health care coverage with pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced.

"Over the past couple of years, my mom survived breast cancer," Gardner said. "Over the past several weeks, my father has been in and out of the hospital. I haven't heard anyone say we're going to get rid of pre-existing conditions coverage."

Gardner said he is pushing for affordability to make sure insurance is accessible to people with pre-existing conditions.

He did not say if he would support keeping the current rule under the Affordable Care Act that prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage to a patient with a pre-existing condition.

Gardner said he supports an investigation into Russia's interference with the November election and said he wants a separate cyber committee to investigate the hacking.

But he did not commit to asking Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation that looks into possible contacts between Donald Trump campaign aides and Russian officials.

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