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Lack of Marijuana Sanctions Causing Issues for Officials

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Officials working to eliminate black market marijuana sales. Officials working to eliminate black market marijuana sales.
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington legalized marijuana more than two years ago, but in much of the state, there's still no place to get the sanctioned products. More than 100 cities and counties have banned pot businesses, which seems to be causing issues for officials who are trying to eliminate black market sales. 

Lawmakers are now working on a solution to this problem which is paying locals to let licensed weed come to town.

Under bills introduced in both houses in Olympia, the state would share a chunk of its marijuana tax revenue with cities and counties - but only if they allow approved marijuana businesses to operate in their jurisdictions.

Kevin Bommer, deputy director of the Colorado Municipal League, says that approach has worked to some degree in that state, even though many cities there also ban pot businesses.
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