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Friday, March 14, 2014

The FBI Won't Do Criminal Background Checks on Prospective Washington Pot Sellers

Posted by on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Which is odd:

SEATTLE (AP) — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.

Washington state has been asking for nearly a year if the FBI would conduct background checks on its applicants, to no avail. The bureau's refusal raises the possibility that people with troublesome criminal histories could wind up with pot licenses in the state — undermining the department's own priorities in ensuring that states keep a tight rein on the nascent industry.

The bureau won't explain the discrepancy, saying only that it is working on a "consistent" national approach.

 

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theophrastus 1
you lib-ral commie pot-heads don't deserve the loving ministrations of an oh-fish-al FBI background check!
Posted by theophrastus on March 14, 2014 at 7:57 AM · Report this
JonnoN 2
can't they just run background checks for "other" reasons?
Posted by JonnoN http://www.backnine.org/ on March 14, 2014 at 8:40 AM · Report this
meanie 3
Whats the point of a federal check when 1. cannibis is still illegal federally. 2. The experts on cannibis probably have drug related felonys.
Posted by meanie http://www.spicealley.net on March 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
Why does the FBI hate Seattle while Colorado has more liberal MJ policies?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on March 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM · Report this
5
Typical FBI.

Yes.

No.

Maybe.

Come back tomorrow, try again. Who knows what mysteries the morning memos may hold.
Posted by No Comment on March 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
fool my once shame on me fool me twice can't get fooled again!
Posted by Max Solomon on March 14, 2014 at 1:17 PM · Report this

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