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Baker says US attorney should focus on opioids, not pot

January 10, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s hoping to talk with the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts about efforts to create a regulated marijuana market in the state.

The Republican governor said Tuesday that U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling should instead use his limited resources to focus on the street drugs — in particular the powerful opioid fentanyl — that have been killing people every day in Massachusetts.

Lelling said in a statement Monday that while he understood the desire for guidance on the federal approach to the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law, he “cannot provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution.”

Also Tuesday, the state Cannabis Control Commission met to continue to write regulations so marijuana shops can open by July.

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