Washington governor thanks Obama for allowing his state to legalize pot

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee thanked the Obama administration Sunday for allowing his state to move forward in legalizing recreational marijuana.

“I want to give appreciation to the Obama administration, who has been working, I think, in a very responsible way, allowing the states to move forward. States have been laboratories of democracy all throughout American history, and I think we are now looking for a new approach to this issue.” the Democratic governor said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the movement to make recreational marijuana legal in his state, said now that voters passed the measure, leaders have an obligation to make sure the market is properly regulated.

“That means that we make sure kids under the age of 21 don’t get it,” he said. “We have to make sure people aren’t driving when they’re high, you know, make sure that we regulate it like we do alcohol.”

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