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Medical marijuana dispensaries organize opposition to legalizing pot




A worker at a medical marijuana dispensary displays some of their items. Many dispensaries are working to stop the legalization of medical marijuana across the country.
A worker at a medical marijuana dispensary displays some of their items. Many dispensaries are working to stop the legalization of medical marijuana across the country.
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It's odd.  Ironic even.  But groups representing medical marijuana businesses are lobbying against laws that would make the recreational use of marijuana legal.

18 states now allow the medical use of marijuana.  And it's become a big business, bringing in as much as one billion dollars a year in revenue.

Many medical marijuana operations see legalization as a threat to their livelihood.  But legalization fans dispute that.

Byron Tau has been following this story for Politico, and he says dispensary businesses opposing legalization are teaming up with some unlikely political partners.