Professor Suggests Pot Compromise

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A professor who serves as a lead consultant on implementing Washington state's marijuana law has suggested that the U.S. Department of Justice enter into contracts with both Washington and Colorado, which both legalized the recreational use of marijuana last fall, to avoid a federal crackdown on state-licensed businesses.   

The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Thursday that the independently-released paper written by Mark Kleiman, advises a partnership between the federal government and the states that could entail the Department of Justice promising not to bust state-licensed businesses in return for a state pledge to crack down on illegal growing.   

Kleiman, a professor of public policy at the University of California Los Angeles, says the partnership would rely on federal drug laws that allow for contracts with states on drug enforcement. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the idea is worth considering.