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The Evergreen

Seattle Times coverage of pot policy, culture and lifestyle.

July 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Senators ask White House for consistent pot guidelines

U.S. senators from Washington and Colorado have asked the White House to reconcile conflicting guidelines from federal agencies on how they intend to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where recreational pot is legal.

In a letter Monday to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the lawmakers said recent Interior Department decision to block the use of federal irrigation water to cultivate marijuana conflicts with earlier guidelines issued by the Justice and Treasury departments that seek to enforce the federal ban on marijuana only selectively.

The appeal is signed by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington and Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Times reporter Kyung M. Song has the whole story here.

Comments | More in News | Topics: federal government, marijuana, Obama

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