HAPPENING TODAY: Washington State Liquor Control Board Open Foru - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

HAPPENING TODAY: Washington State Liquor Control Board Open Forum On I-502

PRESS RELEASE: The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) has revised its Initiative 502 public forum schedule and venues to accommodate community interest for Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 2013.

The Spokane forum has been moved from the Spokane City Hall to a larger room in the Spokane Convention Center.

Three previous public forums in Seattle, Olympia and Vancouver have drawn capacity crowds.

AGENDA:

6:00-7:00 Open house with Board and Staff

7:00-7:05 Board Welcome

7:05-7:15 Overview of Board's role in implementation and timeline

7:15-10:00 Public testimony

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Adults who feel it's high time to get high might want to wait before they break out the Cheetos and Doritos.  A legal haze looms over Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana use starting December 6. While possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults ages 21 or over is now legal, growing and selling it remains a crime.

"You can't go to Starbucks or go to a drug store or a grocery store and be able to buy it there," said Brian Smith, spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board. "It's spelled out in the law how it's retailed."

Recreational smokers won't be able to buy from medical marijuana shops without a prescription so the question is -- where can they legally get weed?

The law, passed last month by Washington voters, states that recreational smokers can only buy marijuana from state-licensed stores. However, here's where it gets tricky. It will be a year before the Washington State Liquor Control Board has a plan for how marijuana will be grown, processed, and sold.

"We'll be starting the rule-making process very soon and it's a very public process and so there's an opportunity for people to weigh in," Smith continued.

Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder said, "It doesn't make a whole lot of sense but I understand why they needed the transition period to put the regulations together."

Snyder said he's already working with local and state leaders to plant policies which best suit Spokane.

"There's a lot of different impacts that could happen," Snyder said. "I'm thinking a lot about zoning. My specific zoning concerns is that we don't create these kind of marijuana ghettos in town that end of being attractants to crime."

While recreational smokers stay in legal limbo, many suspect the black market will thrive to meet consumer demands. Just take a look at Craigslist. There are plenty of pot ads there. It's the first of the new law's loopholes which Snyder hopes local leaders can nip in the bud.

"I think we have one opportunity to do this right so we need to put together the policies that are right for Spokane," Snyder said.

Additional information regarding I-502 and its implementation is available at:

Initiative 502 FAQ Sheet CLICK HERE

Initiative 502 text CLICK HERE 

Washington State Liquor Control Board Fact Sheet CLICK HERE

Seattle Police Department guide to legal marijuana use in Seattle CLICK HERE

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Westbound I-90 at Ellensburg back open after 16 vehicle crash

    PHOTOS: Westbound I-90 at Ellensburg back open after 16 vehicle crash

    Saturday, February 17 2018 5:23 PM EST2018-02-17 22:23:29 GMT

    CLE ELUM, Wash. - UPDATE: Washington State Department of Transportation says I-90 at Ellensburg is back open following a major crash Saturday morning. Westbound lanes were closed for several hours Saturday. Washington State Patrol urges drivers to use caution as conditions can change quickly.

    >>

    CLE ELUM, Wash. - UPDATE: Washington State Department of Transportation says I-90 at Ellensburg is back open following a major crash Saturday morning. Westbound lanes were closed for several hours Saturday. Washington State Patrol urges drivers to use caution as conditions can change quickly.

    >>
  • Second Bonners Ferry teen found safe in North Dakota

    Second Bonners Ferry teen found safe in North Dakota

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:10 AM EST2018-02-18 16:10:32 GMT

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - UPDATE: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that Alisa Hannaman has been found and is safe. The sheriff's office says the other girl, 13-year-old Kaia Kramer is still missing as of Saturday afternoon. 

    >>

    BOUNDARY COUNTY, Idaho - UPDATE: The Boundary County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday afternoon that Alisa Hannaman has been found and is safe. The sheriff's office says the other girl, 13-year-old Kaia Kramer is still missing as of Saturday afternoon. 

    >>
  • Day care owner pleads guilty to trying to kill toddler

    Day care owner pleads guilty to trying to kill toddler

    Saturday, February 17 2018 10:46 PM EST2018-02-18 03:46:19 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis day care owner has pleaded guilty to trying to kill a toddler in her home.    Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia entered the plea to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation of a vehicle for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan.

    >>

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis day care owner has pleaded guilty to trying to kill a toddler in her home.    Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia entered the plea to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation of a vehicle for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • JetBlue offers to fly Parkland victims' families to South Florida free of charge

    JetBlue offers to fly Parkland victims' families to South Florida free of charge

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:51 PM EST2018-02-18 21:51:19 GMT
    jetblue.comjetblue.com
    JetBlue is offering to fly the family members of victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting free of charge to the South Florida area.  The airline announced it would fly them free via its Family Assistance Center, and provide access to free ground transportation via Lyft.  "This week’s events are felt by all of our 21,000 crew members, many of whom live in, work from and travel through the Broward County area, home to our Focus City, Fort Laude...>>
    JetBlue is offering to fly the family members of victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting free of charge to the South Florida area.  The airline announced it would fly them free via its Family Assistance Center, and provide access to free ground transportation via Lyft.  "This week’s events are felt by all of our 21,000 crew members, many of whom live in, work from and travel through the Broward County area, home to our Focus City, Fort Laude...>>
  • 'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

    'Black Panther' blows away box office with $192M weekend

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:33 PM EST2018-02-18 21:33:20 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - Already a much-celebrated pop culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too.    Studio estimates Sunday say the Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales over the weekend. That makes "Black Panther" the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, not accounting for inflation.

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - Already a much-celebrated pop culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too.    Studio estimates Sunday say the Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales over the weekend. That makes "Black Panther" the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, not accounting for inflation.

    >>
  • Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

    Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

    Sunday, February 18 2018 4:20 PM EST2018-02-18 21:20:38 GMT
    Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddlingFacebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.    Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told the National Association of Secretaries of State on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers 

    >>

    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) - Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office.    Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told the National Association of Secretaries of State on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers 

    >>