Marijuana bill compromise could let current businesses sabotage new ones, activist fears

Last month, as we've reported, the Amendment 64 task force recommended that retailers taking part in the recreational marijuana industry be required to grow 70 percent of their product under the vertical integration business model currently imposed on MMJ outlets. Earlier this month, the legislature's A64 joint committee rejected that advice, but it's back, sort of, in new compromise language that's passed the House. One activist sees the results as potentially allowing current MMJ businesses to undermine newcomers.
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