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FBI balks at pot background checks

Published: Fri, March 14, 2014 @ 10:42 a.m.

FBI balks at pot background checks

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.


1billdog1(5771 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Each state should use its own BCI to run background checks. If the fed is requiring that federal background checks be run, then file suite based on them not following their own regulations.

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2justanotherface(5 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Agreed Billdog1!

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3YtownParent(989 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Smells like Politics and/or corruption all the way. So the question is why the FBI has no problem doing it for Colorado, but tells Washington no way. Who is getting their palms greased by who in Colorado, and who is refusing to bend over a little for the Fibbies in Washington?

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