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Marijuana Headed To Farmers Markets?

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Drugged driving accounted for more than 28 percent of traffic deaths in 2010, which is 16 percent more than it was in 1999. (Getty Images)

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(CBS Seattle) –A Colorado businessman is on a mission to start selling marijuana right next to potatoes, tomatoes and bread at farmers markets and according to CBS Denver, his inspiration comes from Seattle’s own NW Cannabis Farmers Market, which bills itself as America’s only daily cannabis market.

A similar bi-monthly marijuana market, the Cannabis Farmers Market, can be found in Tacoma. Right now, the pot at these venues is not available to the general public, they cater only to medical marijuana patients and require customers to show official paperwork and IDs.

“These are individual patient farmers and under collective gardeners and under Washington law they are allowed to offer their excess medicine for donation,” NW Cannabis Market spokesman Michael Keysor told CBS Denver.

Marijuana activist and entrepreneur Justin Hartfield has a slightly different vision. He told CBS Denver he thinks marijuana should be treated like any other vegetable. Hartfield already has some experience in marijuana marketing; he created a website that maps pot dispensaries.

With recreational marijuana now legal in Washington and Colorado, all those rules could change, but in both states the details of retail sales of marijuana are still being worked out. Currently Colorado’s marijuana laws don’t include any provisions for selling pot at venues like farmers markets.

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