The Washington state House of Representatives passed by a wide margin a bill to allow the state's Native American tribes to formally participate in the state's legalized marijuana business.
The bill passed
the House Thursday with bipartisan support in an 80-18 vote Thursday
afternoon. It authorizes the governor's office to negotiate compacts
with tribal groups that want to coordinate their marijuana businesses
with the state's rules.
The bill's lead sponsor, Rep.
Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, said the bill was needed after the
federal government last year took the position that tribes in states
with legal marijuana are free to set their own policies about the drug. The bill moves next to the Senate for consideration.
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