The Huffington Post | By Nick Wing
After a year of preparation, Colorado opened its doors to the legal marijuana business last week, serving thousands of customers and racking up more than $5 million in taxed and regulated sales in just seven days. It was a promising sign that recreational marijuana could be a lucrative industry for other states interested in scaling back harsh anti-pot laws and listening to voters, who have increasingly shown support for legalizing the drug.
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Taxed and regulated marijuana is already coming to Washington state, which along with Colorado passed a legalization measure at the polls during the 2012 general election. And now that the Justice Department set a precedent last year by allowing these first legal pot laws to go into effect, marijuana policy reformers in other states are looking more intently at the best way to proceed.