Earl Blumenauer

Not-so-high anxiety: States move fast to protect pot industry

Not-so-high anxiety: States move fast to protect pot industry

If a whiff of uneasiness hung over the trade show that drew thousands of marijuana entrepreneurs here last week, it wasn’t because they were just around the corner from a White House that has threatened to shut them down.

They had bigger worries, like sorting out the legitimate business ventures from the hype among row upon row of exhibitors showcasing cannabis growing, smoking, eating and even banking products. The Trump administration’s menacing signals seemed a mere sideshow to those who make their living off reefer, or aspire to.

After an initial period of post-election anxiety, pot businesses are increasingly confident that states where they are setting up shop have their...

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