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As Marijuana Industry Grows, So Does Its Political Clout04:36
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Different varieties of marijuana flowers are displayed at medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland, Ore. On July 1, recreational marijuana in Oregon became legal, but it's likely customers won't be able to buy the pot at medical dispensaries until October 1. (Gosia Wozniacka/AP)
Different varieties of marijuana flowers are displayed at medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland, Ore. On July 1, recreational marijuana in Oregon became legal, but it's likely customers won't be able to buy the pot at medical dispensaries until October 1. (Gosia Wozniacka/AP)
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Today, Oregon becomes the latest state to allow recreational marijuana.

As the industry grows, so does its political clout. For members of Congress who are constantly fundraising, the cannabis industry offers new, high-yield donors. But it also raises questions about the money’s source and what those donors expect in return.

Conrad Wilson from Here & Now contributor Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

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This segment aired on July 1, 2015.

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