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Medical Marijuana Providers Prepare To Emerge From Shadows

When recreational marijuana became legal in Washington state, people wondered what would happen to medical marijuana dispensaries.

Gov. Jay Inslee answered that question in April, when he signed a law requiring they obtain licenses and join the state regulatory system.

But medical marijuana dispensary owners have more questions about emerging from the shadows, and they’re turning Robert McVay, an attorney with Seattle’s Canna Law Group.

“Some of them are saying, 'Hey, we’ve been spotty on our tax payments, and we want to clean our act up so we have a history of good behavior prior to this licensing process,’” McVay said.

Since the passage of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana, state regulators at the renamed Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board have had oversight of recreational marijuana businesses.

Now medical businesses will be brought into the same system and face the same taxes and regulations. McVay said the new law puts recreational and medical marijuana...

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