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Heck favors federal law changes to let I-502 work, including help to allow banker lending to marijuana enterprises

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck says he ended up voting for Washington’s marijuana legalization initiative last fall and thinks the federal government now needs to take steps to let the state put Initiative 502 into effect. Among the changes: Shed the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s Schedule 1 listing marijuana of marijuana as a “most dangerous” drug with no accepted medical use, which he called “the height of silliness.”

“My position is that the federal government’s regulations ought to enable states to implement voter approved laws or legislatively approved laws in this regard. I actually think that having

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Gov. Inslee’s statement on news of Hanford leak

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is speaking at a press conference this afternoon at the Capitol, discussing the “high-level radiation” leak reported today at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which his office says is presenting no immediate public health risks.  ”This is disturbing news. I am alarmed by this,” Inslee said at the news conference that just began at the Capitol.  With him is Maia Bellon, new Department of Ecology director.

Inslee called the Hanford cleanup a “moral and legal obligation” of the federal government and a “personal” issue. In calling for the federal government to respond to this and

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