The Latest: Oregon's top prosecutor holds marijuana summit

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Posted: Feb 02, 2018 12:21 PM
The Latest: Oregon's top prosecutor holds marijuana summit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a marijuana summit convened by U.S. Attorney Billy Williams in Oregon (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

Oregon's top federal prosecutor says the state has a "formidable" problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and he wants to work with the state to do something about it.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said Friday at a summit he convened in Portland, Oregon that he needs a "bottom-line answer" on how much excess pot is being produced and how much is smuggled out.

Williams announced the unprecedented meeting of nearly 80 federal, state, local and tribal leaders in law enforcement and the marijuana industry last month.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently rescinded a memo on how states with legalized cannabis could avoid federal scrutiny.

Friday's summit was attended by 14 other U.S. attorney's offices, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the FBI and other federal agencies.

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12:30 a.m.

Oregon's top federal prosecutor will hold a marijuana summit to hear how the state, law enforcement, tribal and industry leaders plan to address a pot surplus that he says has wound up on the black market in other states and is fueling crime.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams laid out his plans for the unprecedented Friday event in a recent newspaper column , saying Oregon has a "massive marijuana overproduction problem" that is attracting cartels and criminal networks and sparking money laundering, violence and environmental woes.

The column came shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month rescinded an Obama administration memo that outlined the steps states with legalized cannabis could take to avoid scrutiny under federal law, where marijuana remains illegal.