Washington state gets approval for federal background checks on would-be marijuana shop owners


Want to own a marijuana shop in Washington state? You’d better have a clean record around the country first.
Washington officials say they have been granted permission by the FBI to use the FBI’s national crime database for checks on marijuana store owners.

This is the first time the FBI has allowed access for such checks, and they say it is part of the new mandate to allow Colorado and Washington to proceed with their recreational marijuana industries.
The state apparently asked for permission last year, but was denied. Several Washington dispensary licenses were issued to owners who did not undergo background checks.