UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, the state canceled a planned afternoon hearing in Olympia on Feb. 21, and added an evening forum in Tacoma that night. The list below is updated. On Friday, the state changed the Spokane venue from the City Hall to the Spokane Convention Center; see below for updated street address.
ORIGINAL POST: After drawing overflow crowds at the first two public forums on the state’s new legal marijuana law, state officials have added forums and moved other scheduled gatherings to larger venues.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with implementing the law, announced today it will add a 7 p.m. forum on March 7 at the Kitsap Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue, Bremerton.
Agency officials said they added the Bremerton forum after receiving requests from Kitsap Peninsula residents who wanted to address the board. Earlier meetings in Olympia and Seattle were packed.
“Clearly there is passion about what Washington’s system of legal marijuana will look like when fully implemented,” said Board Chair Sharon Foster in a statement.
Here is the schedule for upcoming forums, with updated locations. All start with a 6 p.m. open house and public testimony beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 7, Clark College, Vancouver, Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, 98663.
Feb. 12, Spokane Convention Center, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100A, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, 99201
Feb. 19, McIntyre Hall, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon, 98273
Feb. 21, Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Room 315, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, 98402
Feb. 28, Yakima Convention Center, Room C, 10 N. 8th St., Yakima, 98901
March 7, Kitsap Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave., Bremerton, 98337.