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      Wash. attorney general wants pot tax trial in state court

      SEATTLE (AP) - The state attorney general's office has asked a federal judge in Seattle to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Washington's authority to tax marijuana sales.

      In the motion Friday to U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman, the state says Martin Nickerson failed to appeal the tax assessments in a timely manner and that the issue should be resolved in state court.

      The case arises from the state's attempt to collect sales taxes from a medical marijuana dispensary in Bellingham.

      Attorney Douglas Hiatt, who represents Nickerson, said it could throw a wrench in Washington's plans for collecting taxes on recreational marijuana, too.
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