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Marijuana discussion scheduled

YAKIMA - With the passage of I-502, state officials will hold a hearing in Yakima on Thursday, Feb. 28, to gain public comment on the legalization of marijuana in Washington state.

The hearing will be conducted by the Washington Liquor Control Board from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Yakima Convention Center, Room C.

Yakima is one of six locations for the forums to gain public input on the legislation and to provide updates on implementing the voter-approved marijuana bill.

"Clearly there is passion about what Washington's system of legal marijuana will look like when fully implemented," said Board Chair Sharon Foster. "This is an opportunity for the public to meet the board and staff involved in implementation, learn about our role in implementation, and to provide testimony.

The Yakima meeting will start with an open house with liquor control board staff and board members. Public testimony will be gathered from 7:15 to 10 p.m.

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