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Washington State Legislature Passes Marijuana Dispensary Bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire says she's disappointed the state Legislature has passed a medical marijuana bill despite her warning she would veto any measure that puts state
employees at risk of violating federal law.

The bill approved Thursday would create licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state. Senate lawmakers adopted changes made by the House and sent the bill to Gregoire.

Gregoire says the measure as passed doesn't address concerns that state employees who participate in licensing dispensaries or grow sites could be subject to federal prosecution because
marijuana is illegal under federal law.

Supporters note that federal authorities have not gone after state employees in other states that have licensed dispensaries. Gregoire says that doesn't matter.

The Democratic governor says she will review the bill to see if she can pass any of it without jeopardizing state workers.

      
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