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Legislators grapple with merging medical and recreational marijuana

Christopher Lopaze, WNPA News Bureau

Washington’s first marijuana retail license was recently issued, but legislators are still trying to reconcile the medical and recreational-marijuana markets before stores open this summer.

In 2012, Washington voters passed Initiative 502 legalizing marijuana for adult personal use, as did Colorado, becoming the first states in the nation to do so. Because marijuana is still an illegal controlled substance under federal law, there was uncertainty concerning how the federal government would respond.

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a clarifying memo last August, which said the de...



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