The campaign to legalize marijuana is suing to prevent the state from printing the blue book as it’s currently written. The blue book is designed to give voters unbiased arguments for and against each ballot initiative, but last week lawmakers stripped some of the key arguments in favor of legalizing marijuana. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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