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Legalized marijuana hearing set for Spokane

OLYMPIA — One of the state's six hearings on how things are going with the legalization of marijuana in Washington is set for Spokane next month.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board, which is working on ways to set up legal production of marijuana, will hold the fourth of its forums in the Spokane City Council Chambers on Feb. 12. Other forums will be in Olympia, Seattle, Vancouver, Mount Vernon and Yakima during January and February.

The forums will start with an open house at 6 p.m., then a welcome and overview from the board at 7 p.m. The board will stay until 10 p.m. to hear comments and suggestions from the public.

The board is also putting together a list of questions and answers, as well as the tentative timeline to get all its work done as required by law on Dec. 1. Information on that can be found here. 

Forum Saturday a.m.: Discussing community threats

When tragedies occur like the shootings in Tucson or potential disasters like the bomb found Monday in downtown Spokane, state Rep. Kevin Parker tries to remember the lessons of Columbine.

Among the most important, the Spokane Republican said, is to trust your instincts and use common sense.

Parker was a volunteer youth counselor visiting a student at the Colorado high school the day of the 1999 shooting. Many students were saved, he said, because other students trusted their instincts and took a risk to help them.

Marchers in Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade may have been saved because public facilities district workers trusted their instincts about a strange backpack on a bench, and police rerouted the parade.

“Common sense prevailed,” he said.

Parker will cohost a forum Saturday on “understanding threats to our community” with Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. in Room 122 of the Phase 1 Building on WSU-Spokane Riverpoint Campus, 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The most difficult thing about tragedies like Columbine and the Tucsion shootings may be trying to understand the motive, Parker said. There is no real trend that marks the people responsible. That may also be true of the bombing attempt when law enforcement officials find the would-be bomber, he added.

“In a general sense, they're all troubled. But they're all individuals,” he said.

Backup plan: Stick fingers in ears. Shout la-la-la-la

Tea Party organizations in Spokane and North Idaho had rallies last week on Constitution Day - the first day of Constitution Week - to air their displeasure with government.

OK, so some group is always unhappy with government, it’s the American way.

But sometimes, government does its best to fan the flames. Take last Monday when City Council President Joe Shogan introduced the Public Forum with an explanation of procedures to an audience that included newcomers who had come to complain about an apparent crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries.

They had the right to talk, Shogan said. But members of the council aren’t obligated to listen, and may not listen at all or even consider what speakers say. How’s that for instilling warm feelings about one’s elected officials?

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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