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Political Chat: A Sigh Of Relief In Olympia

OPB | Aug. 30, 2013 9:22 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 18, 2013 6:40 a.m. | Portland

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The Obama administration is telling the state of Washington, it has nothing to fear from federal prosecutors — at least when it comes to marijuana.

The state recently legalized the sale of marijuana for personal use.  The Attorney General said in a legal memo to states that federal prosecutors will focus on bigger drug issues like cartels and sales to minors.

There are big implications for Washington and Colorado, which recently legalized personal pot.

Meanwhile, environmentalists are getting in on the debate over what to do with publicly owned lands being considered for conservation and logging in Oregon.

And a revenue forecast from the state is good news, if not exactly a reason to pop the champagne.

Good news, bad news — our political guys have their eyes on all of it.  They join us Friday mornings.

Jeff Mapes is the Senior Political Reporter for The Oregonian.  Jim Moore teaches Political Science at Pacific University.

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