Inslee, Ferguson to meet with attorney general next Tuesday on new pot law

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pot1OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will travel to D.C. to meet Tuesday with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the implementation of Washington state’s marijuana law, Inslee spokesman David Postman said Friday.

The story was first reported by the Seattle Times.

Postman said questions remain at to what, if anything, the federal government will do once the state moves to license and regulate the growing and selling of marijuana. Postman called it the beginning of a “substantive” conversation on the issue.

Holder said last month he would announce a policy on the new state laws “relatively soon.”

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  • ezekiel2517

    Initially, I found it hard to care much about the grassroots movement to legalize pot – the right to get high with impunity seemed like a very trivial concern given the other issues facing the nation. But when one sees how the 'war on drugs' generates far bigger consequences than mere buzz suppression – from racist incarceration outcomes, to prison lobbies writing our laws, to the mass disenfranchisement of the felons convicted of marijuana possession, whose conviction prevents them from being allowed to vote – then the move toward decriminalization by two states seems urgently needed, and a model for others."

    In a case that highlights the growing clash between the federal government and those states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, the United States Justice Department indicted Mr. Davies six months ago on charges of cultivating marijuana, after raiding two dispensaries and a warehouse filled with nearly 2,000 marijuana plants.

    The United States attorney for the Eastern District of California, Benjamin B. Wagner, a 2009 Obama appointee, wants Mr. Davies to agree to a plea that includes a mandatory minimum of five years in prison.

    Americans should be able to conduct their affairs with certain knowledge that their actions are within the law or beyond it. The existing discordance between state and federal laws, which sows doubt and offends justice, is unacceptable.