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Legal Weed Has States Improvising Role as Consumers’ Safety Cop

Cannabis purchased at a dispensary in New Jersey on April 21.

Cannabis purchased at a dispensary in New Jersey on April 21.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Welcome to the Dose,  a weekly newsletter that follows the cannabis and psychedelics industries. This week, guest columnist Elise Young takes a look at the maddening patchwork of marijuana safety regulations around the US. 

The spread of legal marijuana across the US is bringing with it a unique challenge: Absent federal guidelines, states are cobbling together hodgepodge rules that leave users without a uniform safety net.