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Pot in Washington

According to KOMO TV, the last known medical cannabis cooperative in the state was raided and shut down. Which means Washington is the first state to go completely retail without pretense of medical use.

Contrast this with around 19 states currently debating medical use laws, which even if passed are doomed to be obsolete in a couple of years. Oregon should be “medical-free” this year, and California has already set the time-bombs into law that eliminate the system there. Colorado, though, hangs in there and keeps two regulatory systems in parallel. I can buy the argument that they are letting the market decide, but most states want to avoid duplication of effort and the cost involved with this test. But if the taxpayers are OK with it, let it run. It’s a great experiment.

I’ll be talking more about cannabis. Legislatures are winding up and will be passing new laws, and I’ll be moving through California to see the impact of the new system just 6 weeks after it was implemented.

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