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Federal officials will not block Washington marijuana laws

August 29, 2013

Washington’s legal marijuana laws can continue, according to the federal government.

Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a statement regarding the implementation of Washington’s voter-approved marijuana law

Ferguson said, “Today we received confirmation Washington’s voter-approved marijuana law will be implemented. We received good news this morning when Attorney General Eric Holder told the governor the federal government would not pre-empt Washington and Colorado as the states implement a highly regulated legalized market for marijuana. Attorney General Holder made it clear the federal government will continue to enforce the federal Controlled Substance Act by focusing its enforcement on eight specific concerns, including the prevention of distribution to minors and the importance of keeping Washington-grown marijuana within our state’s borders.”

According to the statement, Attorney General Holder expressed a willingness to work with the states on a financial structure that would not work against federal law.

Today’s announcement from Attorney General Holder is a confirmation that the process started following the passage of Initiative 502 can continue to move forward as planned.


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