Pitfalls Abound as Legal Pot Sales Begin

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  • Pot Markets Open up In the U.S.
  • Youth Use
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  • Smuggling


Marijuana legalization hasn't taken away one black-market aspect for the drug in Colorado and Washington: Cash runs the business. Financial services as simple as checking accounts and credit cards are off-limits because of federal guidance to financial institutions. Colorado officials say they're optimistic the U.S. Treasury Department will loosen those rules next year, but it's unclear what that would look like.

(Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP Photo, File)

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