Gov. Jay Inslee takes issue with unfair claims in Department of Justice letter


Last update: September 18, 2017


In August, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a series of letters to the governors of the first four legalization states, critical of their regulatory systems. Gov. Inslee was one such recipient, and like his peers in Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska, he was skeptical of the federal government’s dim assessment of state efforts. In response to the Department of Justice letter, Gov. Inslee called out the letter as based on outdated and incorrect information. In fact, all the states that received letters from the Department of Justice responded to indicate that they were based on bad data. U.S. Attorney General Sessions’ letter is available online here, along with Gov. Inslee’s response.

Shortly after the Department of Justice made its claims, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy issued a report finding that neither the use of marijuana by those underage, nor marijuana-related abuse treatment admissions, increased after the state’s legalization of marijuana for adults. Quite simply, the sky hasn’t fallen in Washington, and there are no signs that it will.

For a closer look at the law as it currently stands, be sure to check out the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s detailed FAQ, available here.

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