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Appeals court agrees with AG opinion on local marijuana bans

 

March 14, 2018



A three-judge state court of appeals panel today ruled that local jurisdictions have the authority to ban marijuana sales, agreeing with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s arguments and a 2014 Attorney General Opinion.

This is the first appellate court to rule on the issue. Judges in five trial-court cases have also agreed with the attorney general’s interpretation. The Attorney General’s Office intervened in the case to uphold the will of the voters and ensure proper interpretation of Washington’s marijuana law.

“My office is aggressively working to uphold the will of the voters,” Ferguson said. “Today’s ruling affirms my office’s position and formal opinion. I...



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