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Pot dealers of yore never had to worry about this, but here it is: Even in states where selling marijuana is legal, pot retailers are finding they can’t get standard-issue business insurance. Big insurance companies aren’t writing policies because the category is so new, it’s hard to price the risk, Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, told the Denver Business Journal. The fact also remains that the sale and distribution of marijuana remains illegal under federal law, which puts insurers in a tricky spot. Professionals with ties to the marijuana field — doctors, lawyers, accountants among them — have been threatened with license revocation despite operating within the bounds of their own state laws. Federal prosecutors continue to go after growers and dispensaries in the 23 states where medical marijuana is legal.

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