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Don’t be fooled by the bumpy start to the much-anticipated era of retail cannabis. It’s understandable that a heavily regulated and carefully licensed new industry — one with no small amount of stigma attached to it — would launch slowly.

But beyond the headlines about near-term delays, there soon will emerge a much bigger story: Cannabis — tested for safety, sold by fully vetted proprietors and taxed on the state and local level — very quickly is creating a fast-growing sector full…