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Federal Position on Legalized Marijuana Remains Hazy

January 23, 2013


       Ever since voters legalized marijuana in Washington state, people have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. The drug remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, and there has been no clear indication of whether the feds will allow the state law to stand unchallenged.
       A meeting yesterday with new Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson with US Attorney General Eric Holder did not clear up that issue. Instead, it moved forward the conversation between state and federal authorities, and set in motion an ongoing process that will include several more meetings.
       Still, Governor Inslee said state officials will move forward with figuring out the rules and regulations for the sale of legal marijuana in Washington, and hopes to have those rules in place by the summer.