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Federal Judge Dismisses Washington Marijuana Tax Case

He argued he couldn't pay the tax without incriminating himself.

In what should likely be a continuation of process rather than an abrupt end U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed the case last week for lack of jurisdiction.

The attorneys representing Washington State argued that the case should be tried in state court, that it was not within the jurisdiction of the federal government.

There is a distinction in Washington between operating as a medical marijuana dispensary and a state licensed recreational marijuana retailer.  The former being possibly more in legal jeopardy due to the dispensaries being largely unregulated by the state while the licensed recreational retailers are heavily regulated to abide by directives given by the U.S. Justice Department in exchange for non-enforcement of federal law.