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Amy Radil / KUOW

Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General famously said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”

Senator Jeff Sessions also said, “We need grownups in Washington to say marijuana is NOT the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.”

People in the marijuana business in Washington and Oregon are wondering how Sessions will act on those words.

Liam Moriarty / Jefferson Public Radio

The recent election saw California and three other states join Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska in legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Three more states voted for medical cannabis, as well.

When Donald Trump offered Sen. Jeff Sessions the position of attorney general, the pick drew criticism from civil rights groups and immigrant advocates. In the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, it is also raising fears.

A University of Washington study concluded about 30 football fields worth of marijuana are needed to serve the medical marijuana market in Washington. That translates to about two million square feet of canopy.

Currently, more than 12 million square feet are approved for production.

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