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State weighs carrots, sticks for pot persuasion

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OLYMPIA — Washington legislators are trying to decide whether to offer a carrot or use a stick against local governments that don’t want to let recreational marijuana businesses set up shop inside their borders.

The carrot: Offering up some of the taxes those businesses will be required to pay the state as the drug moves from harvest to sale.

The stick: A flat-out ban on interfering with pot businesses that get state licenses.

Not surprisingly, cities and counties would rather…

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