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Baker says US attorney should focus on opioids, not pot

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker smiles after signing sweeping legislation aimed at reversing a deadly opioid addiction crisis, during a signing ceremony at the Statehouse, Monday, March 14, 2016, in Boston. Applauding behind, left, is House Speaker Robert DeLeo, along with Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, directly behind, and members of the legislature, law enforcement, health care providers, community leaders and individuals in recovery. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Gov. Charlie Baker says he's hoping to talk with the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts about efforts to create a regulated marijuana market in the state.

The Republican governor said Tuesday that U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling should instead use his limited resources to focus on the street drugs -- in particular the powerful opioid fentanyl -- that have been killing people every day in Massachusetts.

Lelling said in a statement Monday that while he understood the desire for guidance on the federal approach to the state's voter-approved recreational marijuana law, he "cannot provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution."

Also Tuesday, the state Cannabis Control Commission met to continue to write regulations so marijuana shops can open by July.

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