Feds finally share FBI database with state

The OlympianApril 16, 2014 

Finally, the federal government has decided to share its FBI database with state officials trying to do national background checks on people applying for marijuana business licenses.

It’s taken more than a year for the federal government to see the wisdom of allowing the background checks. With the state starting to issue licenses to grow pot, the federal decision didn’t come a moment too soon.

The state needs the information to keep suspect individuals with criminal histories from getting into the marijuana business.

Without the FBI data, state regulators were handicapped from doing their job. The background checks help to ensure that the fledgling legal marijuana business in this state is transparent and legitimate, not a cover for organized crime or trafficking in illegal drugs.

The federal government’s initial reluctance to share FBI data was a reminder of the schism that exists between state and federal marijuana policy. But the sharing of the data is in the best interests of everyone as Washington and Colorado experiment with regulation of a drug that remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government.

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