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Crackdown on Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Shops in Washington State

King County’s top two law enforcers announced a crackdown Wednesday on medical-marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated parts of the county, starting in White Center, which they said has at least six such storefronts close together.

Signaling a sharp turn in county policy, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and Sheriff John Urquhart said such businesses are now illegal under a new state law that attempts to bring medical marijuana into the state’s licensed recreational shops. Satterberg said 15 dispensaries now operating in unincorporated King County are undermining Washington’s groundbreaking legal-pot system.

“The law is now clear. The only way to sell marijuana is with a state-issued license,” Satterberg said. “It’s binary.” [Read more at the Seattle Times]

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