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Washington Governor To Meet With Feds Regarding Marijuana

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Gov. Jay Inslee is set to meet Tuesday with the two top federal prosecutors in Washington to discuss the Justice Department’s (DOJ) concerns about the state’s legal marijuana law.

U.S. Attorneys Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Mike Ormsby of Spokane are traveling to Olympia to speak with Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Inslee’s office characterized it as a “follow-up conversation” after the DOJ announced late last month that it would not sue Washington or Colorado over plans to tax and regulate marijuana sales for adults over 21.

The DOJ said it has eight priorities it wants states to address if they regulate pot including keeping marijuana off the black market and keeping it away from kids. Topics for discussion at Tuesday’s meeting could include how the state will punish pot stores that sell to teens or allow guns on premises.

Inslee and Ferguson have also submitted written testimony for a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday on the DOJ’s response to marijuana legalization. The testimony describes steps Washington is taking to address the DOJ’s priorities and expresses concern that federal restrictions on marijuana-related banking will make it more difficult for the state to monitor and audit pot businesses.

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