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State could license pot growers by summer

January 30th, 2013 - 5:52am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Officials tasked with creating a regulated marijuana system in Washington state say they are moving forward with a timeline of issuing producer licenses by August, but say that several challenges and uncertainties still exist.

Pat Kohler, director of the state Liquor Control Board, on Tuesday told lawmakers on the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee that those concerns include continued uncertainty about what the federal government will ultimately do about Washington and Colorado's voter-approved marijuana legalization laws.

She says another concern has to do with banking and how, if at all, they'll be able to get federally-insured banks to do the banking for taxes and other revenue related to marijuana. She says these concerns are among several that have been raised during the first two of six public forums on the issue.

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