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With California’s Legal Cannabis Market a Mess, Underground Dealers Thrive

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Politico reports that California's legal cannabis market is $4 billion a year, about of half the illegal market. (AP File)
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Nearly five years after California voters legalized recreational marijuana, the underground cannabis market is booming, according to a report by Politico’s Alexander Nieves.

Writes Nieves: “Rather than make cannabis a Main Street fixture, California’s strict regulations have led most industry operators to close shop, flee the state or sell in the state’s illegal market that approaches $8 billion annually, twice the volume of legal sales.”

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