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First dance with Mary Jane

You may remember Shelly Clark as one of the organizers behind the protest that lead to Spokane Valley outlawing topless barristas about a year ago. Thursday night, Clark and the Coalition for Community Values called a meeting at CenterPlace to discuss the impact the legalization of marijuana may have on Valley children. 

About 30 people showed up, including some marijuana growers and sellers, Mayor Dean Grafos and other city council members. Linda Thompson, CEO of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council, presented drug statistics showing that many high school students believe it's much less dangerous to smoke pot than it is to smoke tobacco. 

Spokane Valley Police Chief Rick VanLeuven said marijuana related DUIs are up and tried his best to explain the difference between medical marijuana outlets and retail marijuana stores.

Clark said after the meeting that she expects the task force that formed Thursday evening to bring proposed regulation of marijuana to the Spokane Valley City Council soon. 

Watch for a full story in Spokane Valley Voice on Nov. 20 

Pia Hallenberg
Pia Hallenberg joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. She is currently a reporter for the City Desk covering Spokane Valley city hall and community news. She also writes news features about people and events.

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