Hundreds apply to grow, process and sell pot in Washington

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Paul Schrag holds two cloned plants that will be used to grow medical marijuana Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Tacoma, Wash. Schrag has a simple philosophy: He hopes to use his skills to do the most good in the world. For a while, that meant working in journalism, enticed by its power to shape public discourse. Before being laid off in 2009, he worked as a reporter for the Business Examiner, a biweekly publication in Tacoma. Nowadays, it means working in the pot industry. The 40-year-old says he’s been growing marijuana since 1999 and uses it to treat lifelong neck pain. He began working at a medical marijuana collective, where part of his job entails coming up with a marketing and public education plan to help erase any stigma associated with cannabis use. He believes the medical and social benefits of the plant are only just starting to be understood. He plans to work as a grower’s vice president of marketing, research and development, and believes his knowledge of pot and business will help. “I’m one of those rare cats that get both,” he says. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)