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The end is near for a veteran-owned medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Olympia. It’s a casualty of the state merging recreational and medical marijuana.

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Fewer green crosses. Potential marijuana seizures. Those are two implications of the July 1st deadline for Washington’s medical marijuana businesses to merge into the state-regulated system. The intent is to eliminate the “gray market” in medical marijuana.

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More than 200 new retail licenses for marijuana stores could become available in Washington state. It’s an effort to expand access for medical marijuana patients.

The license application window opens Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state that want to continue to operate.

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Washington could get lots more pot stores. State regulators will allow medical marijuana providers to seek retail licenses later this fall. There are no strict limits on how many new licenses could be granted, and there is no requirement that they focus on medical patients.

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Legal marijuana is a rapidly-growing reality. Four states, including Oregon and Washington, have legalized recreational use of the drug. Several more – including California – could well do so by the end of next year. Forty states have legalized it in some form for medicinal use.

Medical marijuana and veterans activists plan to march in Olympia Wednesday to celebrate the addition of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury to the list of conditions that qualify for medical cannabis in Washington.

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said it’s time for the “Wild West” days of medical marijuana to come to an end.

It appears the days are numbered for Washington’s sprawling and largely unregulated medical marijuana marketplace.

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