Marijuana Public Hearing Set For Spokane

By Paige Browning

Members of the public can soon share their ideas on the forthcoming marijuana market in Washington state. The state Liquor Control Board has announced six public meetings on the topic, one of which is in Spokane.

The liquor board has the task of creating the new legal pot market since voters approved the idea in November.

Board member Chris Marr says his agency has received some direction from the state.  Marr says "They tried to mirror our three tiered system, with producers, distributors and retail, the state will not operate the stores, they will be operated by private business.”

Marr also said they have been studying the opinions of experts.

The first public meeting is in Olympia.  A hearing in Spokane will take place February 12th in the Spokane City Council Chambers.  There will also be hearings in Seattle, Vancouver, Mount Vernon, and Yakima.

Initiative I-502 legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and sets up a regulatory scheme of state-licensed marijuana growers, processers and retail stores.

Board Chair Sharon Foster said in a news release there is clearly passion about what the system will look like when fully implemented. 
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