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I-502 enactment forums draw big crowds

OLYMPIA – Public forums on Washington’s new recreational marijuana law are proving so popular that the state agency sponsoring them is adding events and sometimes booking bigger venues to handle the expected crowds.

The Washington Liquor Control Board originally scheduled six forums around the state to discuss implementation of Initiative 502, including setting up the production, processing and sale of marijuana. Among its forums is a Feb. 12 Spokane event that starts at 6 p.m. in the Spokane Convention Center.

Forums in Olympia and Seattle attracted overflow crowds, so the board changed to larger locations for forums in Spokane, Mount Vernon, Yakima and Vancouver. It added a forum for March 7 in Bremerton. 

On Thursday the board announced it is moving a second forum planned for Olympia to Tacoma on Feb. 21. 

– Jim Camden

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