Mar 14, 2014 7:56 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

FBI balks at Washington pot background checks

SEATTLE (AP) - The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado. The refusal raises the possibility that people with criminal histories could wind up with pot licenses. That would undermine the Justice Department's own priorities in ensuring that states keep a tight rein on the nascent industry.


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