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Marijuana Legalization Doesn't Seem To Be Stopping People From Abusing The System

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Even though marijuana is legal in Washington, it doesn't seem to be stopping people from abusing the system.

It's a tricky system to understand; even with the legalization of marijuana there are still so many legal issues you have to deal with and paper work you have to fill out in order to sell it.

Adam Markus owns one of the few marijuana retail stores in Union Gap.

They opened this past July, but he says the process to get this started took over two years.

“It was just endless and we went through seven or eight months of paper work,” Markus told KNDO.

The process of obtaining a license is a long and daunting one. From the mountains of paper work, the background screenings, and the heaps of taxes business owners pay, it's not an easy way to make a quick buck.

In fact Yakima police say since marijuana was legalized, they haven't seen a decrease in people selling it illegally.

“As far as selling we will probably continue to see illegal operations, but as to if we will see more or not that's anyone's guess,” YPD Captain Jeff Schneider, told us.

Police say it's still too early to tell if legalization will drastically increase illegal operations in the area, but according to Adam Markus, he doesn't think legalization is going to put a stop to people abusing the system.

“This is something that anybody can do, anybody can put up a couple lights in their basement and grow and have it be almost free,” Markus said.

Markus showed us his financial profit sheet and when all is said and done after business and sales taxes are paid, he says he usually only makes a $0.13 profit on each gram of pot he sells.

Markus told us he will never really be able to compete with the guys selling it on the street, because the taxes are just too high.

But time will tell what this will do for crime in the area; Yakima police say they've already seen a rise in DUI's and substance related accidents across the state.

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