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In 2012, Washington and Colorado voters made history when they approved measures to legalize recreational marijuana. Washington Initiative 502 “authorizes the state liquor board to regulate and tax marijuana for persons twenty-one years of age or older.”Since the vote in Washington, the Liquor Board has written a complex set of rules for the state’s new, legal recreational cannabis marketplace. The agency has also set limits on the amount of marijuana that can be grown. And the Board has begun to license growers, processors and retailers.For now, the Obama administration has signaled it will not interfere with Washington and Colorado’s legal pot experiment, unless there is evidence that legal pot is “leaking” to other states or children are getting access to the legal product. The feds are also watching to see if criminal organizations exploit the legal market.The first marijuana retail stores in Washington opened in July 2014.Recreational marijuana is also set to become legal in Oregon on July 1, 2015 after voters approved Measure 91 in November 2014.

Pot Shop Owner In Eastern Washington Opens Doors, Defying Local Ban

A marijuana shop owner in Clarkston, Washington, opened his doors Friday in defiance of the city’s ban on pot sales.

Marijuana is legal in Washington, but Clarkston is among several dozen cities that have put a stop to legal weed inside city limits.

A red open house sign and balloons beckoned Clarkston residents to experience the shop, Canna4Life. Inside, dozens of people browsed the shelves and asked questions about marijuana.

By lunch time some of the products were sold out.

“We did have one thing on special today, and that was the pre-rolled joints,” said Canna4Life Kelly Jackson.

“We’re just giving the voters of Clarkston a chance to view what a legal marijuana shop would look like,” he added

This is despite the fact that Jackson could face fines and even jail time for selling marijuana. He has a license from the state, but the city won’t give him a permit to do any more than sell marijuana paraphernalia.

Jackson insists he’ll keep operating until the city shuts him down.