OLYMPIA, Wash. - The lead consultant on implementing Washington state's marijuana law has suggested that the U.S. Department of Justice enter into contracts with both Washington and Colorado to avoid a federal crackdown on state-licensed businesses.
Both states legalized the recreational use of marijuana last fall.
The consultant, and also professor of public policy at the University of California Los Angeles, Mark Kleiman, advises a partnership between the federal government and the states that could entail the Department of Justice promising not to bust state-licensed businesses in return for a state pledge to crack down on illegal growing.
Kleiman says the partnership would rely on federal drug laws that allow for contracts with states on drug enforcement. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the idea is worth considering.