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Local government needs a share

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Like it or not (and many do not), we are embarked on a great experiment. The majority of voters agreed our state should create from scratch a system to produce, distribute and sell marijuana, legally. This system should be sophisticated enough to limit use, avoid corruption, put the longtime profiteers of the black market out of business and produce compensation for the state in the form of tax revenue.

Nearly everyone admits this makes them feel uncomfortable, and the task has proven to be complex and full of risk. And many of the governments asked to shoulder that risk will get nothing for it.

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