What If States Just Sold Marijuana Themselves? (Governing.com)

By JOHN BUNTIN | November 2014

Legal marijuana packaged for sale in Washington state AP/Ted S. Warren

Legal marijuana packaged for sale in Washington state AP/Ted S. Warren

Regulating marijuana is hard. No country in the world (including the Netherlands) has ever created a working, legal market for the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana. Forced to develop something new, regulators in this country have generally turned to something old — the licensing model used to regulate the alcohol industry.

That’s a problem, say many observers.

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