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Robert Grant is keeping a close eye on the Growers Association's progress. After Proposition 19 was defeated, the Growers scaled down their proposed regulations to apply only to medical marijuana. But, Grant points out, their proposal is carefully written so that if - or when - recreational use is finally legalized, it can easily apply to a much bigger market.
"It's so seamless," he says, "it's beautiful."
This coverage is supported by contributors to the High Country News Enterprise Journalism Fund. High Country News Contributing Editor Matt Jenkins has written for the magazine since 2001. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian and several other national publications.