State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said local governments are allowed to effectively ban recreational marijuana businesses. The state Liquor Control Board asked Ferguson for his opinion on whether state law allowing marijuana under Initiative 502 preempts local jurisdictions from banning marijuana retailers, producers or processors, and whether local governments could establish land-use regulations that…More
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The federal government will not try to block Washington state’s recreational marijuana legalization law, Gov. Jay Inslee announced this morning. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered his long-awaited decision on a potential legal challenge in a phone call with Inslee and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper just after 9 a.m., according to Inslee’s staff. Colorado’s legalization law, also…More
Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson are traveling to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss marijuana enforcement and implementation of Initiative 502, our state’s voter-approved legal pot law. The state law conflicts with federal law, which maintains that all forms of marijuana are illegal. As the state…More