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Federal government will not sue WA over legalization of pot

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Federal government will not sue WA over legalization of pot

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Seattle’s top federal prosecutor says Washington’s medical marijuana system is “untenable” in light of new guidance from the Justice Department.

The DOJ announced Thursday that it will not sue to block Washington or Colorado from taxing and regulating recreational marijuana for adults.

The department advised that it will allow states to regulate pot for medical or recreational reasons, as long as they have tight regulatory controls to address federal concerns, such as keeping the weed away from kids and out of the black market.

But Washington continues to have a largely unregulated system of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a statement Thursday that the “continued operation and proliferation of unregulated, for-profit entities outside of the state’s regulatory and licensing scheme is not tenable and violates both state and federal law.”