AP News, KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
EVERETT, Wash. – Local people who want to have a say in the state’s new marijuana rules, will have to go down to Everett this afternoon.
The closest of five scheduled public hearings on the proposed rules for the state authorized sale of recreational marijuana is being held at the Comcast Arena Conference Center in Everett from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The hearings are part of the process for implementing Initiative 502, which was approved by voters last November to legalize marijuana for adults.
The Washington State Liquor Control board is asking for public comment on requirements for securing and testing marijuana, as well as store hours and child-resistant packaging.
The first pot stores in Washington could be open next year.
The Whatcom County Council will also be discussing how to deal with proposals for marijuana businesses in the county today.
The discussion comes after the Bellingham City Council passed a one-year moratorium on applications for marijuana businesses.