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AG Ferguson responds to Spicer's comments on marijuana

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WASHINGTON - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is ready for another battle with the federal government if the Trump Administration tries to crack down on states with legalized marijuana.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the media yesterday to expect greater enforcement, actually making the connection to opioid addiction problems happening across the country.

This comes as eight states have legalized marijuana, and almost a dozen more have decriminalized possession. 

AG Ferguson says the state would fight federal marijuana enforcement just like it fought President Trump's executive order on immigration.

"In the courts, yeah," said AG Ferguson in a phone interview. "Just like we're successfully resisting the travel ban, which is unconstitutional, if the federal government acts to thwart the will of the voters on legalizing marijuana, we would take very much the same approach. Take them to court."

Washington pot shop sales average almost $4.5 million a day, totaling $184 million in state tax revenue since this past July. 

The Trump Administration is taking a decidedly different approach to dealing with marijuana possession than the Obama Administration, which largely left these decisions up to the states.