AP Exclusive: FBI won't conduct marijuana-license background checks for Washington state

  • by: GENE JOHNSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 14, 2014 - 11:45 PM

SEATTLE — 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.

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