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DOJ Gives Washington State Access to Database for Background Checks

After almost a year of requests, the Department of Justice has granted Washington state access to an FBI database so state officials can do nationwide background checks on individuals applying for recreational marijuana business licenses.

 

The DOJ explained Thursday that it is allowing both Washington and Colorado to conduct background checks because it aligns with the department’s goals of keeping people with criminal histories out of the marijuana industry.

 

One of the Obama Administration’s goals when it comes to marijuana is to prohibit revenues from going to criminal organizations or becoming a front for drug trafficking across state lines.

 

Washington initially asked for access to the nationwide database last April but was denied without explanation by the DOJ.  The department has since changed their stance.

 

The Washington Liquor Control Board began issuing marijuana business license without the nationwide background checks, but will use the resource moving forward.  They will also conduct nationwide background checks on those who have already received licenses.

 

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