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In 2012, Washington and Colorado voters made history when they approved measures to legalize recreational marijuana. Washington Initiative 502 “authorizes the state liquor board to regulate and tax marijuana for persons twenty-one years of age or older.”Since the vote in Washington, the Liquor Board has written a complex set of rules for the state’s new, legal recreational cannabis marketplace. The agency has also set limits on the amount of marijuana that can be grown. And the Board has begun to license growers, processors and retailers.For now, the Obama administration has signaled it will not interfere with Washington and Colorado’s legal pot experiment, unless there is evidence that legal pot is “leaking” to other states or children are getting access to the legal product. The feds are also watching to see if criminal organizations exploit the legal market.The first marijuana retail stores in Washington opened in July 2014.Recreational marijuana is also set to become legal in Oregon on July 1, 2015 after voters approved Measure 91 in November 2014.

Inslee Jokes About Quality Of Washington Weed On Bill Maher’s Show

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is making headlines for a quip he made about marijuana to HBO host Bill Maher.

Inslee was a guest on the show Real Time with Bill Maher. He was asked to respond after Maher gave a monologue on marijuana—timed to coincide with April 20th, or 4/20, also known as “weed day.”

“For you, Bill, I can honestly say we got the best weed in the United States," Inslee said, in remarks that generated laughter from the audience "It’s a growing industry and well regulated."

Inslee also made a jab at President Trump who recently indicated he supports letting states set marijuana policy.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the first time Donald Trump said something that was actually true -- if he said he’d leave us alone on our marijuana decriminalization, I hope that that will occur," the governor said, prompting audience applause.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hinted that federal intervention may be possible in states where pot is legal, including Washington and Oregon.

Inslee said on Maher's show that the Department of Justice needs to "back off."

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."