Washington makes swift changes to definition of pot

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington state has made swift changes to the definition of marijuana amid concerns about the impact of a voter-approved law.

Gov. Jay Inslee approved a revision Wednesday after prosecutors and crime lab scientists said a little-noticed provision had jeopardized their ability to go after any pot crimes at all. The Seattle lawyer who drafted the initiative that legalized recreational marijuana was among the supporters of the change.

The problem centers around a part of the initiative that was written to distinguish marijuana from industrial hemp, which is grown for its fiber. Instead of accounting for just one compound, the new measure focuses on two components that contribute to potency.

Inslee says it was important to get the change done in a timely fashion.