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SEATTLE (AP) — A year into the nation’s experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.

In Washington, the black market has exploded since voters legalized marijuana in 2012, with legally dubious medical dispensaries opening and some pot delivery services brazenly advertising that they sell outside the legal system.

In Colorado, the number of patients on the medical marijuana registry went up, not down, since 2012, meaning more marijuana users there can avoid paying the higher taxes that recreational pot carries.

Officials in both states say they must do more to drive customers into the recreational stores. They’re looking at fixing the big tax differential between medical and recreational weed.

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4 comments

  • Lawrence Beerbower

    Well here is a simple straight forward idea.. how about making the tax the same on both?Just an idea and would be a good step to impose a fair straight across the board tax that does not give one an advantage over another.

    • David

      An American concept the rest of the civilized world rejects. Squeezing the sick and/of disabled out of their already limited income via high taxes and corporate profiteer’s. Why not have the State Department of Health handle medical marijuana ? Recreational stores can sell to partiers.

  • ARA

    ( GREED ) The cost is outrageous,the store or the street,you do the math. ( GREEDY POLITICIAN TAX TAX TAX ) How many fingers have to be in the pot ?