April 19, 2013
Mike Steenhout, comptroller of Washington's Liquor Control Board, smiles during a presentation about marijuana plant extracts at a medical marijuana clinic in Seattle. 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.
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SEATTLE — Mike Steenhout knows spreadsheets, statistics and bean-counting. He has worked as a budget assistant to the governor, managed local operations for the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed juvenile crime databases.