‘Drunk on power: Booze distributors ply statehouses to keep profits flowing’

Buy that headline writer a drink. The copy desk at The Center for Public Integrity made me click on the latest in its series Who’s Calling the Shots in State Politics?

I recommend reading the part about the deal that would give Nevada alcohol distributors early and significant control of the state’s recreational cannabis market if a legalization initiative on Nevada’s 2016 ballot is approved by voters.
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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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