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State-licensed growers in Washington already have grown vast seas of marijuana plants under blinding lights. But much of that pot won’t be ready in time for stores’ grand openings in early July. Supply doesn't quite meet demand as correspondent Anna King reports.

Adam Cotterell / Northwest News Network

Unlike Washington and Oregon, Idaho doesn’t have any form of legal marijuana. In fact in 2013 Idaho lawmakers passed a resolution saying they would never support legalizing marijuana for any reason. But one year later, during the 2014 legislative session many of those same lawmakers held closed door discussions about creating an exception to the state’s strict anti-pot laws. As Adam Cotterell reports it was because of a Boise girl and her mom.

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Local governments in Oregon had until Thursday to enact a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. More than 150 cities and counties in Oregon have already taken advantage of the ability to ban them. One city has sued the state because they want to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in their jurisdiction permanently.

Oregon lawmakers are hashing out a compromise on whether to allow cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

Oregon launched its medical marijuana dispensary program Monday. Nearly 300 dispensary owners signed up at this first opportunity for a state license.

Northwest state and local governments continue to struggle with how to give birth to the new industry of legal marijuana sales.

One of the hottest topics before the Washington legislature this year is how to regulate the medical marijuana marketplace.

The deadline for public comment on proposed changes to the state's existing medical marijuana program is Wednesday.

Medical marijuana patients in Washington would have to register with the state and buy their medicine at specially licensed recreational pot stores. But they wouldn’t pay sales tax. State regulators Monday proposed a sweeping overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana industry. Ezra Eickmeyer is with the Washington Cannabis Association. He says the proposed rules go too far.

Medical marijuana patients in Washington would have to register with the state if they don’t want to pay pot taxes.