Washington Gov. to Meet with AG Holder on Tuesday to Discus I-502By Associated Press January 19, 2013
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.
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.adult consumption , Bob Ferguson , cannabis retail outlets , Department of Justice , DOJ , Eric Holder , I-502 , I502 , I502 implementation , Initiative 502 , Jay Inslee , marijuana dispensary raids , marijuana industry , marijuana legalization , personal Use , recreational use , The War on Marijuana , War on Marijuana , Washington State Liquor Control Board