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Washington seeks a pot pro to guide legal marijuana

Washington seeks a pot pro to guide legal marijuana
In this Jan. 26, 2013 photo taken at a grow house in Denver shows a marijuana plant ready to be harvested. Last fall, voters made Washington and Colorado the first states to pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and setting up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and retail stores where adults over 21 can walk in and buy up to an ounce of heavily taxed cannabis. Both states are working to develop rules for the emerging recreational pot industry, with sales set to begin later this year.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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SEATTLE (AP) - Wanted: A green thumb with extensive knowledge of the black, or at least gray, market.  

As Washington state tries to figure out how to regulate its newly legal marijuana, officials are hiring an adviser on all things weed: how it's best grown, tested, labeled, and cooked into brownies.  

Those angling for the job are expected to meet Wednesday in Tacoma with state bidding experts to discuss the requirements and hiring process.

Officials reserved a convention center hall that fits 275 people - plus an overflow room.  

Last fall, Washington and Colorado became the first states to pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and setting up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and retail stores.

Adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce of heavily taxed cannabis.

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