Marijuana Justice Initiative

In Washington state, it is no longer considered criminal behavior for adults to possess a small amount of marijuana for personal use. The governor’s Marijuana Justice Initiative intends to recognize the evolution of the state’s beliefs about marijuana and, within existing capacity, provide clemency relief to some who have these convictions on their records. The Initiative will provide an expedited process to grant pardons to people with a single misdemeanor conviction on their criminal record for adult marijuana possession prosecuted under Washington state law.

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Inslee issues executive order to change how state will regulate vaping industry in light of recent health crisis

Inslee announces initiative to pardon marijuana misdemeanors

Statement from Inslee regarding reports that USDOJ will rescind Cole Memo

Gov. Jay Inslee issued the following statement today upon news that the U.S. Department of Justice would announce its decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum that has allowed Washington and other states to implement common-sense marijuana laws:

Washington state officials meet with USDOJ to discuss marijuana policy

Officials from the offices of Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board and Department of Financial Institutions met today with federal officials at the U.S Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Inslee statement on Attorney General Sessions’ letter regarding Washington’s marijuana legalization efforts

“Washington state has been a ground-breaking leader when it comes to implementing a whole new marketplace for recreational marijuana.

Inslee statement on DEA's marijuana decision

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement today on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s decision today not to reschedule marijuana in its listing of illegal substances under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Inslee appoints Ollie Garrett to Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Ollie A. Garrett of Kirkland to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. 

Inslee signs bill strengthening protections for minors against sale and use of e-cigarettes and vapor products

SEATAC – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed SB 6328 that strengthens protections for minors against the sale and use of e-cigarettes and vapor products.

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Keeping marijuana away from teens top focus for state leaders

Gov. Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson, other state agencies announce safety and public awareness measures in preparation for opening retail marijuana stores

Govs. Inslee, Hickenlooper call for flexibility in federal banking regulations for marijuana businesses

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Governor Jay Inslee and bipartisan group of legislators urge tougher DUI laws

“There are no more free passes for those who choose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” That was the message from Gov.

Joint statement from Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson regarding update from Attorney General Eric Holder on implementation of Washington's voter-approved marijuana law

“Today we received confirmation Washington’s voter-approved marijuana law will be implemented.

Gov. Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson submit testimony on marijuana

Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson today submitted joint testimony to the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws.

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