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For Washington’s pot industry, out-of-state owners could supply a lifeline — or invite trouble

For Washington’s pot industry, out-of-state owners could supply a lifeline — or invite trouble

February 7, 2017 | 

Eric Gaston owns pot stores in Renton and Auburn. He looks at lobbying in Olympia to allow out-of-state owners in Washington’s legal marijuana industry and sees trouble, a red flag waved in front of President Trump’s administration.

“This has the potential to make Jeff Sessions’ head explode,” said Gaston, a former Snohomish County prosecutor, referring to Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general. Sessions would be chief enforcer of the nation’s drug laws, which still consider pot in the same class as heroin.

For Washington’s pot industry, out-of-state owners could supply a lifeline — or invite trouble






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