Gov. Chris Gregoire will not sign medical marijuana bill

Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire said Thursday she will not sign a controversial medical marijuana.

Ms. Gregoire says she will not the sign legislation to create licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state after the Justice Department warned it could result in a federal crackdown.
The governor’s comments follow in the wake of the state’s two U.S. attorneys telling Ms. Gregoire in a letter Thursday that bills passed by the Washington House and Senate would permit large scale growing and distribution of the narcotic, a violation of federal law.

Ms. Gregoire said signing the bill into law would likely open the state to federal prosecution, which could cost the state millions in legal fees.

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