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Thu., April 4, 2013, 3 p.m.

Setting rules to ban smoking pot in bars

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Liquor Control Board started the process to set a new rule ban the use of marijuana in bars.

One might say that Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana use by adults, was pretty clear about that by saying it's illegal to open a package of marijuana or have "useable marijuana" in view of the general public. But a couple of bars, including one in Olympia, have been allowing customers to smoke marijuana in special rooms set aside as private clubs. 

Not surprisingly, this has raised some concerns from law enforcement about people who consume both marijuana and products dispensed by the bar, then try to make their way home on the highways and byways.

The liquor board must go through several steps to craft such a rule, which can be seen by clicking here. The board is taking public comments until May 10.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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