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State AG offers legal opinion on marijuana business

Statement sees local jurisdictions having final say


In response to a request from Sharon Foster, chair of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the Attorney General’s Office Thursday released a formal Attorney General’s Opinion regarding local ordinances affecting new marijuana businesses in Washington.

Approved by voters in 2012, Initiative 502 legalized the possession and sale of recreational marijuana in Washington.

The formal opinion concludes I-502 as drafted and presented to the voters does not prevent local governments from regulating or banning marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.

The opinion states:

“Under Washington law, there is a strong presumption against finding that state law preempts local ordinances....

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