|Federal lawsuit: Can Washington tax marijuana?|
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SEATTLE — A federal lawsuit is challenging Washington state’s authority to tax marijuana as long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
The case arises from the state’s attempt to collect sales taxes from a medical marijuana dispensary in Bellingham. But lawyer Douglas Hiatt, who filed it late Thursday, said it could throw a wrench in Washington’s plans for collecting taxes on recreational marijuana, too.
The author of Washington’s recreational pot law, Alison Holcomb, disagreed. She doesn’t expect the lawsuit to get very far.
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