Washington AG Ferguson Statement On Sessions Letter

WASHINGTON:  In response to a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding Washington’s marijuana regulations, Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement:

“I was disappointed by Attorney General Sessions’ letter, which relies on incomplete, inaccurate and out-of-date information on the status of Washington’s marijuana regulations. I’m also disappointed that he has yet to accept my repeated invitations to meet in person to discuss this critical issue face to face. If he does accept, I look forward to providing him with a more complete picture of the robust regulatory program that exists in our state.

“Any action from the Department of Justice short of allowing our well-regulated, voter-approved system to continue is unacceptable. I will continue to defend the will of Washington voters.”

Bainbridge Council To Discuss Progress In Developing Permanent Regulations For Marijuana business

WASHINGTON: The state Attorney General’s Office recently stated that local governments are not required to implement Washington’s new marijuana law in their jurisdictions.

But experts at the Municipal Research and Services Center say that attorney general opinions are not binding in state courts.

The Bainbridge Island Planning Commission began work on developing permanent regulations for recreational marijuana businesses this past January. With the attorney general’s recent statement, however, planning staff are now asking the city council to weigh in.

The state Attorney General’s Office issued a formal opinion Jan. 16 stating that I-502, the voter-approved initiative that legalized recreational marijuana use, does not prevent individual municipalities from banning marijuana businesses. [Read more…]

Inslee, Ferguson Tell Congress To Fix Banking Rules So Legal Marijuana Can Work

WASHINGTON: Governor Jay Inslee and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson want Congress to fix the banking rules or (at least) give banks confidence that they can take money from state-licensed marijuana businesses without fear of federal prosecution. [Read more…]

Washington, Colorado Still Waiting For Federal Response On Marijuana Legalization

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It’s been nearly six months since Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal response to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado was coming “relatively soon,” but officials in those states are still waiting. [Read more…]