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10 years ago Clark County feared reefer madness; today legal marijuana is a main street business

A decade after legalization in Washington, marijuana producers and retail businesses thrive and support the economy through taxes as prices plummet

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer, and
Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: July 6, 2024, 6:14am
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Bud tenders Angela Rodriquez, left, and Chris Curtis work on customer orders at Main Street Marijuana in Hazel Dell. This year marks the 10th anniversary of legalized marijuana retail sales in Clark County.
Bud tenders Angela Rodriquez, left, and Chris Curtis work on customer orders at Main Street Marijuana in Hazel Dell. This year marks the 10th anniversary of legalized marijuana retail sales in Clark County. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

When marijuana was legalized for retail sale in Clark County, some critics feared an exploding drug scene. But 10 years later, officials say those initial fears haven’t played out.

“What we realized was that the sky didn’t fall,” said Adam Hamide, co-owner of Main Street Marijuana.

In 2012, Washingtonians voted to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana, becoming one of the first states to do so.

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