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Open forum on controversial ballot measures

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PASCO, Wash. - Three controversial measures on the November ballot have people talking and wanting to know more. An open forum on same sex marriage, charter schools, and marijuana legalization is going to be held Monday at 6:30 in the Gjerde Center at CBC.

The discussion included one referendum and two initiatives.

Referendum 74 would allow same sex couples to legally marry in Washington and turn current domestic partnerships into marriages. The initiative also allows churches to opt out of marrying same sex couples if they disagree with such views.

Initiative 502 would put a 25% excise tax on growers, processors and stores and allow those 21 and older to buy limited amounts of marijuana.

Initiative 1240 would allow Washington to create a public charter school system. It is the fourth time the issue has been on the ballot in the state.

The printed General Election Voters' Pamphlet will be mailed to Washington homes next week. Elections Division staff says it will be a state-record 220 pages, thanks largely to the number of pages devoted to the ballot measures this year.

For more information on the initiatives click here.