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Wash. House committee votes down marijuana bills

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - A House committee is rejecting changes to the state's marijuana laws. The Public Safety Committee on Wednesday voted down a measure to legalize marijuana for those 21 and older, and another that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot for adults.

Chairman Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, voted against both, saying he couldn't vote for something that conflicted with federal law.

The legalization bill failed on a 6-2 vote, while the decriminalization bill failed on a 5-3 vote. A decriminalization measure is still alive in the Senate, although a public hearing hasn't yet been scheduled for it.

Last week, activists in Washington state filed a ballot initiative that would legalize all adult marijuana possession, manufacturing and sales.