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Mike Steenhout, comptroller of Washington's Liquor Control Board, smiles during a presentation about marijuana plant extracts at a medical marijuana clinic in Seattle. Spreadsheets, statistics and bean-counting are Steenhout's regular realm of expertise. Now, he�s a weed guy. Washington�s vote last fall to legalize marijuana for adults over 21 and set up a system of state-licensed pot growers, processors and retail stores left dozens of Liquor Control Board employees in the position of having to research and help regulate a substance that many knew little to nothing about. While the state has hired a Massachusetts firm to serve as its official marijuana consultant, the Liquor Control Board is also doing its own work--a cannabis crash-course. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)