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December 12, 2012

The buzz in Washington, Colorado

NORMAN — In California, the medical marijuana shops hire sandwich board walkers to tout their products. They also tell potential customers the type of symptoms they should present to the doctors when seeking a marijuana prescription.

Those signs won’t be needed in Colorado and Washington, the first two states to legalize marijuana use without a doctor’s prescription. Colorado got the green light on Monday when the governor declared the voter-approved change as part of the state’s constitution.

Both states are having a bit of trouble working out details. Both states don’t have mechanisms in place for stores that will sell marijuana. Those regulations will likely come next year.

So, for now, pot users have to grow their own or buy it from their unlicensed and untaxed dealers. The laws conflict with federal laws and there has been little dialogue between the two.

Don’t look for any similar situations in Oklahoma. A bill to allow medical marijuana use here has yet to get a hearing in the state House or Senate.

The director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics says he’ll fight any such efforts as marijuana is a gateway drug.

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