Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee's conversations with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have convinced him the state should go ahead with its plans for a legal marijuana industry.
The state's new law would make possession of an ounce of marijuana legal for people ages 21 and older. While Inslee stresses Holder didn't definitely say whether the federal government will crack down on the state, he feels confident about the state's ability to move ahead.
The Democratic governor and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson plan further discussions with Holder and other federal officials, reports the Seattle Times
, but the governor feels confident following the talks. Ferguson said the state needs definite answers.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has said that recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado, where ballot measures voted to legalize the drug for recreational use, is not a major concern for his administration, and Inslee said the Evergreen State will provide Holder with extensive details about how it plans to keep marijuana from going to other states where it is not legal.
Ferguson said his office is preparing to make its best legal case for upholding the new law, but wants to avoid a legal battle.
Obama does not see fighting legal marijuana as a high priority but federal law hasn't eased up on the drug. This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. ruled medical marijuana should not be reclassified from its status as a dangerous drug that has no medical value, saying well-controlled studies on marijuana do not exist.
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