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Out of the Shadows — or Back In?

Legal Cannabis Markets Promised Legitimacy, but the Black Market Thrives On

Is marijuana legalization making inroads on its promise of shrinking the black market? In the second installment of our DOPE Investigates series, journalist Peter Hecht learns that, quite simply, the answer is no. Staggering licensing costs and fees to go legal often dissuade growers who are trying to enter the recreational marketplace; as McGregor W. Scott, United States attorney for the Eastern District of California, puts it, "When you have an industry that has operated outside the law for decades and people have made lots of money, it is very naïve to say people will play by the rules set by the state."



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