It appears that the US Department of Justice may indeed let Washington state proceed with marijuana legalization.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee met with US Attorney General Eric Holder this week to discuss marijuana legalization in the state. Inslee said the meeting was “very satisfying” and that he was “encouraged” that the Feds will respect the will of Washington voters.
This past Election Day Washington voters passed Initiative 502 by a wide margin of 56-44, joining Colorado to legalize recreational marijuana.
“I do believe it is my duty to follow the intentions of the voters of Washington” Inslee said. “I went into this (Holder meeting) believing our state should go ahead with implementation. Nothing that I heard dissuaded me from that view.”
According to Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who attended the meeting with Inslee, the purpose of the meeting was to “avoid a legal fight” with a federal government that still considers marijuana illegal.
In a statement, Ferguson called the meeting with Holder “cordial” and “successful” as he and the governor “communicated Washington state’s intention to move forward in implementing I-502.”