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May 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

DEA cracks down on 11 pot dispensaries

Cease-and-desist letters were sent to eleven Seattle area pot dispensaries because they are within 1,000 feet of schools or other  prohibited areas, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA would not identify the businesses or their precise locations. Spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said they are in the greater Seattle area. Despite Washington state’s new legal recreational pot law, enacted…

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March 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Author, overseer of Washington pot law downplay ex-DEA chiefs’ war on weed

Two key figures in Washington’s legal pot law said there’s nothing new or particularly relevant in the call from eight former DEA chiefs to nullify new pot laws in Colorado and Washington.

The author of Washington’s new law, Alison Holcomb said the anti-drug warriors are reprising the same arguments they used in campaigns against the two states’ new laws last year. “They’re not raising new issues. They’re arguing we need to stick with the status quo,” said Holcomb, drug policy director for the ACLU of Washington.

The federal war-on-drugs has been an “abject failure,” said Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, who leads state House oversight of the new law. Hurst accused the ex-DEA chiefs of “irrelevant meddling.”

A former narcotics detective, Hurst said Washington residents have the right to determine their destiny. “I stand with the citizens of Washington to try and get it right,” said Hurst, a retired police officer.

The bigger issue looming over the two states is an impending decision by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on how to respond to legal marijuana for adult recreational use. The federal government still considers marijuana a dangerous drug with no medical value, like heroin. Holder recently said his decision is imminent.

Many, including the former DEA chiefs and Holcomb, speculate that Holder may announce his policy at a Wednesday meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C.

Holcomb said she has no “inside line” to the Department of Justice and no solid information on Holder’s thinking.

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November 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Gregoire asking feds to change marijuana law

Gov. Chris Gregoire followed up on an earlier pledge by announcing today that she was asking the federal government to reschedule marijuana to a drug that can be prescribed and sold in pharmacies. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who joined Gregoire on a conference call today, said he will also back the petition to the federal Drug…

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