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Where does Washington’s legal weed money go? A breakdown

Washington state is expecting to rake in about $730 million from sales of legalized marijuana over the next two years. While that money is nothing to sneeze at, it amounts to just a small piece of the $41.3 billion in total revenues that are expected to bankroll the state’s general fund over the same period.

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Plan would punish cities with unofficial pot bans — like Lakewood — by taking their liquor money

A state lawmaker wants to penalize local governments that haven’t enacted specific bans on marijuana businesses, but that still block state-licensed marijuana shops from opening because the drug remains illegal under federal law. State Rep. David Sawyer, D-Parkland, says cities like Lakewood should respect the will of Washington voters, who approved legalizing recreational marijuana in 2012.

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