Conservatives want the Justice Department to investigate recreational marijuana businesses in Washington state, and the Trump administration is likely to be receptive to their call.
A federal appeals court has allowed the state of Washington to begin issuing recreational marijuana licenses.
The state’s move has opened the door for dispensaries to open up in the nation’s second-most populous state.
In response, the National Rifle Association and its allies are calling on the Justice Dept. to open a federal investigation into recreational marijuana sales.
The National Rifle Society, which has been a leading voice in the fight against legalization, is also urging the Trump White House to take action.
“The federal government should immediately investigate all licensed marijuana businesses that operate in this state, including the use of the name ‘Rally,” the group said in a statement.
The NRA is a vocal opponent of recreational marijuana, which the group says is “a gateway to marijuana abuse.”
The group said its members “want Congress to take up the issue of marijuana legalization in 2018” and have already submitted a petition to President Donald Trump.
A spokeswoman for the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel said the department is not “currently reviewing any legal questions related to recreational marijuana,” according to The Associated Press.
The DOJ also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.