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Inslee Jokes About Quality Of Washington Weed On Bill Maher’s Show

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is making headlines for a quip he made about marijuana to HBO host Bill Maher.

Inslee was a guest on the show Real Time with Bill Maher. He was asked to respond after Maher gave a monologue on marijuana—timed to coincide with April 20th, or 4/20, also known as “weed day.”

“For you, Bill, I can honestly say we got the best weed in the United States," Inslee said, in remarks that generated laughter from the audience "It’s a growing industry and well regulated."

Inslee also made a jab at President Trump who recently indicated he supports letting states set marijuana policy.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the first time Donald Trump said something that was actually true -- if he said he’d leave us alone on our marijuana decriminalization, I hope that that will occur," the governor said, prompting audience applause.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hinted that federal intervention may be possible in states where pot is legal, including Washington and Oregon.

Inslee said on Maher's show that the Department of Justice needs to "back off."

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Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."