Federal Position on Legalized Marijuana Remains Hazy

January 23, 2013


style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">       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.

"font-size: 14pt">       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.

"font-size: 14pt">       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.