VIDEO: Washington ready for first day of legal recreational pot sales

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The second state in the nation is set to start selling recreational marijuana on Tuesday.

About 20 licenses were issued Monday to vendors in Washington by the State Liquor Control Board in preparation for the July 8 start date.

Colorado was the first state to legally sell marijuana for recreational purposes on January 1.

Not everyone is excited to witness the start of a new industry. Some counties and cities in Washington have already outlawed marijuana businesses.

While possession of pot still remains illegal under federal law, the U.S. Justice Department has said it will not meddle in states with strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems.

Washington voted to legalize marijuana in November 2012, the same time as Colorado, which now has 340 marijuana shops throughout the state.

Alaska is looking to be next on the list, with their residents expected to vote on the matter in the upcoming November elections.

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