Washington Gov. to Meet with AG Holder on Tuesday to Discus I-502

Washington Gov. to Meet with AG Holder on Tuesday to Discus I-502

Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson will meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder next week to discuss Washington state's voter-approved law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

OLYMPIA, WA — Washington Governor Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder next week to discuss Washington state’s voter-approved law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Inslee spokesman David Postman said Friday that the governor and Ferguson were meeting with Holder in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Postman said that Inslee will leave the state on Sunday to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Postman said Inslee wants to discuss with Holder the implementation and enforcement of Initiative 502, which passed with 56 percent of the vote in November’s election.

It legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and sets up a regulatory scheme of state-licensed marijuana growers, processers and retail stores.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and Holder has used federal laws to crackdown on medical marijuana in California, Colorado and Montana over the past two years.

Postman said that the meeting “is the beginning of a longer conversation.”

Meanwhile, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will begin public meetings on implementing the initiative next Tuesday in Olympia and Thursday evening at Seattle City Hall.

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