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Gov. threatens to veto medical marijuana dispensary bill

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SEATTLE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is urging state senators to ignore Gov. Chris Gregoire's threat to veto a bill that would set up a regulated medical marijuana dispensary system.

The House and Senate have passed legislation to license dispensaries.

But after a warning from federal prosecutors of arrest liability for employees who break federal law, Gregoire said she'd veto legislation that requires state workers to implement a licensing system.

The legislative director of the ACLU says the federal government has never prosecuted anyone who complies with state laws that license and regulate medical marijuana.

Shankar Narayan says in a letter to senators that the measure contains important tools for local governments.

He says Washington residents want the state, and not the federal government, to make medical marijuana laws.