Marijuana Policy - Washington AG

David Sirota filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - Washington of Washington.
Tracking # PRR-2017-00136
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From: David Sirota

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

- All correspondence to employees of the Office of the Attorney General from the Executive Office of the President regarding Washington State's marijuana policy. This covers emails from email addresses from the domain "@who.eop.gov"

- All correspondence to employees of the Office of the Attorney General from the Department of Justice regarding Washington State's marijuana policy. This covers emails from email addresses from the domain "@usdoj.gov" and "@justice.gov"

I hereby request such correspondence from 1/20/17 to the present. Search terms include “marijuana,” “cannabis,” and “pot.”

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. International Business Times is an award-winning journalism organization and this is a newsworthy topic of public concern.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,
David Sirota
International Business Times
(646) 867-7100

From: Jensen, LaDona (ATG)

I apologize the file number is PRR-2017-00136

From: Jensen, LaDona (ATG)

Mr. Sirota –

Thank you for your below public records request; it has been assigned the above file number and we ask that you please reference that number on any future correspondence regarding this request.

I estimate that it will take twenty (20) business days to determine the location, nature and amount of records that may be responsive to your request. If records are ready prior to that time, I will notify you. If this time assessment requires adjustment, I will also advise you of that.

After the location, nature and amount of records has been determined, I will provide you with further estimate of the time necessary to gather the records, if any, for inspection and/or copying.

Please contact me at the below email address or at Office of the Attorney General, Public Records & Constituent Services, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100, if you have any questions. Thank you.

LaDona Jensen
Director of Public Records
& Constituent Services
Office of the Attorney General
ladonaj@atg.wa.gov<mailto:ladonaj@atg.wa.gov>

From: David Sirota

Thank you very much.

From: Jensen, LaDona (ATG)

Mr. Sirota –

Thank you for your below email. Our below email estimated 20 business days to search our records. The 20 business days ends on April 18, 2017. Therefore, at that time we will provide you a time estimate to produce records to you.

Thank you again.

LaDona Jensen
Director of Public Records
& Constituent Services
Office of the Attorney General
ladonaj@atg.wa.gov<mailto:ladonaj@atg.wa.gov>

From: Jensen, LaDona (ATG)

Mr. Sirota –

This email is to update you on your public records request. We are continuing to gather and review records and I anticipate completing this portion of work on or before April 28, 2017. If records are ready prior to that date, I will notify you. If this time assessment needs adjustment, I will also notify you of that.

LaDona Jensen
Director of Public Records
& Constituent Services
Office of the Attorney General
ladonaj@atg.wa.gov<mailto:ladonaj@atg.wa.gov>

From: Jensen, LaDona (ATG)

Mr. Sirota –

This email is to further update you on your public records request. We are in the final stages of review of potentially responsive records. I estimate that we will have at least a batch of records available for disclosure on or before May 17, 2017. If records are ready prior to that date, I will notify you. If this time assessment needs adjustment, I will also notify you of that.

LaDona Jensen
Director of Public Records
& Constituent Services
Office of the Attorney General
ladonaj@atg.wa.gov<mailto:ladonaj@atg.wa.gov>

From: David Sirota

Thanks very much.

From: Jensen, LaDona (ATG)

Mr. Sirota –

I apologize we do have a couple clarification questions regarding paragraph #3 of your request. They are as follows:

1. Is Paragraph #3 a clarifying paragraph for categories #1 and #2? And not a third category of records you are seeking?

2. Can we exclude records that are merely forms with check boxes that may have the term pot, cannabis or marijuana in them?

3. Are you interpreting correspondence to be emails and letters?

4. Can we exclude records that merely mention the term pot, cannabis or marijuana that do discuss policy?

Please let us know right away, but not later than May 17, 2017. Thank you.

LaDona

From: David Sirota

LaDona:

To answer your questions:

1. Yes -- Paragraph #3 was meant to help focus the searches for you. So yes, it applies to the request.

2. Yes, you can exclude that.

3. Correspondence means emails, letters, memos, talking points, etc.

4. I'm looking for documents that talk about the state's marijuana policy and how it interacts with the federal government's enforcement of federal drug law. So I'd like whatever you can provide that deals with that general set of issues.

David Sirota

From: Jensen, LaDona (ATG)

Thank you so much for the quick response.

From: Jensen, LaDona (ATG)

Mr. Sirota –

This email is to notify you that we have 1 CD available in response to your public records request dated and received in our office on March 14, 2017. You requested the following:

All correspondence to employees of the Office of the Attorney General from the Executive Office of the President regarding Washington State's marijuana policy. This covers emails from email addresses from the domain "@who.eop.gov"

All correspondence to employees of the Office of the Attorney General from the Department of Justice regarding Washington State's marijuana policy. This covers emails from email addresses from the domain "@usdoj.gov" and "@justice.gov"

I hereby request such correspondence from 1/20/17 to the present. Search terms include “marijuana,” “cannabis,” and “pot.”

The cost of production of this CD is $2.35. Please submit a check or money order to my attention, in the amount specified, payable to the Office of the Attorney General. Once payment is received, the CD will be mailed. With payment, please include a mailing address where you would like to have the CD mailed.

Please be advised, if a requestor does not claim or review the requested documents, the request is considered fulfilled and can be closed. Please also be advised, if we do not receive your payment on or before June 19, your request will be administratively closed for non-payment.

If you have any questions, please contact the undersigned at: Office of the Attorney General, Public Records & Constituent Services, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504-0100.

LaDona Jensen
Director of Public Records
& Constituent Services
Office of the Attorney General
ladonaj@atg.wa.gov<mailto:ladonaj@atg.wa.gov>

From: David Sirota

LaDona:

You should be receiving payment soon -- we just sent the check. The mailing address for the CD is:

MuckRock
Dept MR34942
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144

Thank you very much.

David Sirota
Newsweek/IBT

From: MuckRock.com


To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $2.35 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

From: Office of the Attorney General - Washington

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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