Alcohol distributors as marijuana middlemen

Beer, wine and liquor distributors — long-time big-money backers of cannabis prohibition — stand to gain from new regulations governing California’s $1.3 billion medical cannabis industry.

One of the landmark laws Gov. Jerry Brown signed Oct. 9 calls for the creation of a new kind of business to regulate the flow of all cannabis products in California, essentially middlemen like beer, wine and liquor distributors but with authority over quality assurance and product testing.
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Medical Cannabis Now Sold in Nevada at Rate Up to $390 per Ounce

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Nevadans voted to legalize medical cannabis 15 years ago, but no language was in place to establish a system to sell or distribute the botanical drug until just two years ago.

Today, medical cannabis was sold legally in the state for the first time at a dispensary in Sparks, where 75 qualified medical cannabis patients lined up outside Silver State Relief to buy as much as a half-ounce of cannabis for $195.
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