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September 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Federal lawyers honored for their work on Seattle police reforms

  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has honored five current and former members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle for their work in bringing about reforms at the Seattle Police Department. The team was key to investigating allegations of police abuse in Seattle and then negotiating a federal court-monitored consent decree implementing broad reforms in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: civil rights, Eric Holder, Jenny Durkan

September 3, 2014 at 12:19 PM

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan stepping down

Jenny Durkan will step down as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington at the end of the month. “I have been honored to serve the communities in Western Washington, to lead an office of extraordinary people and public servants, and to work with dedicated federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement. Together we have taken on…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Eric Holder, Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for Western Washington

February 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Feds set to unveil solution to pot banking problem

The federal government is set to unveil in the next few days a way for legal pot merchants to use banking services. U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, said today he expects the federal government’s new guidance for banks and bank regulators will be released “imminently.” That guidance should provide legal marijuana businesses with a “full range of…

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Comments | More in Government, Politics | Topics: Denny Heck, Eric Holder, I-502

August 29, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Feds won’t challenge Washington’s pot law

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…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Eric Holder, federal government

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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Comments | Topics: DEA, Eric Holder, marijuana

January 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Inslee, Ferguson to talk pot with U.S. Attorney General Holder

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…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Eric Holder, Jay Inslee