Tuesday night in Spokane about 450 people showed up to a hearing about the state’s marijuana market. The state liquor control board held the forum as part of their research in implementing the sale of recreational marijuana. Paige Browning reports.
When the public comments began, the biggest question was how many people will be able to sell marijuana, and the notion that the state should avoid a corporate-style marijuana market. Speaker Kate Peaker said she wants to be a grower and processer.
Peaker: “I just urge you to allow as many people to obtain a license as possible, letting people grow a few strains, specialized, to guarantee that this state has the highest quality product available.”
Speakers also asked whether federal officials would come shut down the marijuana market, whether hemp production will also be legal, and gave the argument that growers and processers should be one in the same.
Linda Thompson with the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council said she is concerned about youth access to marijuana.
Thompson: “We’re asking that we will participate in the rule making around restricting advertising. Also mandatory responsible vendor training, we want to know that our vendors are trained, they know that people who are getting it are going to be safe when they’re using it.”
The question of where exactly pot will be sold has been temporarily answered by the city of Spokane. The city created a proposed map of pot retail areas this week.
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