Washington state Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, along with five Democratic House members from the state’s delegation, want a quick decision from the U.S. Justice Department on whether the state can proceed with its plans to sell marijuana for recreational use beginning next year.
Entering the debate for the first time, the seven members wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday, asking that the federal government respect the decision made by state voters in November and to provide clarity on whether the state can proceed.
Those signing the letter, along with the senators, were Democrats Adam Smith, Suzan DelBene, Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer, and Jim McDermott.
The letter said that residents, businesses and investors in the state remain in a state of uncertainty seven months after the vote to legalize due to inaction by the federal government.