WA Governor Vetoes Medical Marijuana Licensing Bill
DOJ's tricks are working. After the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington sent a letter to the legislature warning that passage of a medical marijuana licensing bill would subject state workers to federal prosecution, today Governor Christine Gregoire vetoed the bill, saying she was "swayed" by the letter. (Background on the almost identical letters sent by a number of U.S. attorneys in recent weeks in states where medical marijuana is legal is here.)
And in Montana today, Governor Brian Schweitzer let the bill that passed the legislature this week restricting medical marijuana become law by doing nothing. His lame explanation: [More...]
The governor said he would have to let the bill go into effect and look to the next Legislature to increase access for patients.
"I will hold my nose and allow this to be law until the Legislature gets back to session," Schweitzer said.
In Hawaii today, a bill to establish a medical marijuana project failed.
Illinois is considering a medical marijuana bill. Its chances for passage increased this week. What will happen if U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald sends out the form letter opposing it and threatening prosecution?
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