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Tag: Initiative 502


Lawmakers ask liquor board to put the brakes on marijuana regulations

 UPDATED at 7 p.m. to reflect Hurst wants to devote some, not all, marijuana proceeds to education.

Three House Democrats from King County have asked the Liquor Control Board to slow down implementing pot-legalizing Initiative 502.

The request, first reported by Seattle Times editorial writer Jonathan Martin, comes from

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Feds break silence on I-502; U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says marijuana still illegal

President Barack Obama’s administration hasn’t swooped in to try to prevent Washington’s Initiative 502 from taking effect at midnight. And his Justice Department still isn’t saying what it will do once it is in effect. The agency is still reviewing the law, local U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan wrote in a statement today.

But Durkan did say in her statement that it’s still illegal under federal law to have marijuana, even if it becomes legal to possess small amounts under state law.

Here’s the statement. Parse away:

The Department of Justice is reviewing the legalization initiatives recently passed in Colorado

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KCTS 9 Washington Poll: State’s independent voters favoring Obama, McKenna

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll released its second wave of results today, showing President Obama widening his edge over Republican Mitt Romney to nearly 20 percentage points, while Democrat Jay Inslee is very narrowly ahead of Republican Rob McKenna in the governor’s race.

Among the interesting findings is that independent voters are favoring Obama by 17 points, McKenna by 21 points, while in the attorney general’s race independents favor Democrat Bob Ferguson by 8 points over Republican Reagan Dunn, according to University of Washington associate professor Matt Barreto, who briefed reporters on the poll this morning.

That suggests McKenna’s effort to cut through Obama’s presumed coattails to capture independents and some Democrats is actually working.

Exact poll results are here
and should also be posted soon at the Washington Poll site and at KCTS-9.

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