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Bill for tribal marijuana agreements advancing in Washington






A medical marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado. Photo from O'Dea / Wikipedia

Legislation to authorize tribal-state marijuana agreements is moving forward in Washington.

Marijuana is legal for recreational and medicinal purposes in the state. House Bill 2000 and Senate Bill 5848 would authorize agreements to address law enforcement and other issues in Indian Country.

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee approved SB 5848 last week. The House Commerce and Gaming Committee passed HB 2000 earlier this month and the House Finance Committee is expected to advance it today.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. A new Department of Justice policy could open the door to tribes that want to legalize the drug.

Get the Story:
Lawmakers want to work with tribes on regulations for legal pot (The Yakima Herald-Republic 2/24)

Relevant Documents:
Department of Justice Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country (October 2014)

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