Washington State Plans To Keep Moving Forward On Legal Pot

POT TV – After meeting with US Attorney General Eric Holder, Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the state will move forward to establish rules for the newly-legal marijuana market.

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Governor: Washington to keep moving forward on legal pot
by Gene Johnson, Associated Press

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson met with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday, but came away no further enlightened about how the federal government will respond to last fall’s votes in Washington and Colorado that set up legal markets for marijuana.

The two states voted last fall to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults over 21 and to create state-licensed systems of growers, processors and retail stores that sell heavily taxed pot. The creation of those regulatory schemes poses a possible conflict with federal law, which outlaws marijuana, and the Justice Department hasn’t said whether it will sue to block the state laws.

Inslee, a former Democratic congressman who was sworn in as governor last week, told reporters after the meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that Washington will move forward to establish rules for the market.

The state Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with regulating marijuana under Washington’s measure, drew hundreds of people Tuesday night to an inaugural public forum on the topic of developing those rules.

Board Chairwoman Sharon Foster said the board is thinking about changing its name to include “cannabis.”

Read the entire article at coloradoan.com.