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Editorial: Unregulated medical-marijuana market is creating a hazy future

Editorial: Unregulated medical-marijuana market is creating a hazy future

Originally published Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Seattle Times Editorial

Washington state’s leadership on recreational-marijuana legalization is in jeopardy because of the Legislature’s and Seattle’s indolence on needed regulation.

THE world is watching Washington’s historic experiment with marijuana legalization, and we’re screwing it up.

A painstakingly slow launch of recreational marijuana stores, with their sky-high prices and scarcity in Seattle, gets most headlines. But the truth is that experiment is utterly undermined by a much larger, wildly unregulated medical-marijuana market.

Medical-marijuana dispensaries appear to outnumber Starbucks stores in Seattle, yet local regulators and law-enforcement agencies are doing almost nothing to police bad actors hiding behind the ubiquitous green crosses.

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