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Officials fear pot dispensaries may harm fight against drug use

In a community that has struggled to curb underage drinking and drug use, questions raised by the statewide legalization of medical marijuana go beyond how dispensaries will be regulated.

In Walpole, officials also worry that the new law will lead to more-positive attitudes about the drug among young people, exacerbating a problem that youth-outreach advocates said they had just started to get a handle on.

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