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Thursday Night Marijuana Forum in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- NBC Right Now continues to track the impact of Washington's new marijuana law, and people from across the region are invited to give their thoughts Thursday.
The state agency in charge of implementing Initiative 502 is holding a public forum in Yakima.

It's the seventh of eight opportunities for people across the state to give their input on the implementation of the law that legalized the use of marijuana for people 21 years old and up.

Officials with the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be there sharing their progress.

The forum was actually postponed a few weeks ago. Hundreds of people were showing up to other public forums so the Liquor Control Board rescheduled to accommodate the anticipated crowd.

"It's an opportunity for them to give testimony to the board and let them know what's on their mind, how they feel. What we have been seeing, or what we have been hearing, I guess would be a better way to put it, from the public, has really ran the gamete," said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesperson for the Liquor Control Board.

Right now, the Liquor Control Board hopes to get the first marijuana producer licenses out to applicants by August. After that, approved retailers will get their licenses by November. And if all goes according to plan, stores will begin popping up around the state soon after that.

Thursday's forum starts at 6pm at the Yakima Convention Center, in room E.


YAKIMA, Wash. - Washington state Liquor Control Board plans to hold its seventh forum on marijuana regulations Thursday night in Yakima.

Hundreds of people attended previous forums around the state to comment on licensing requirements for marijuana producers, processors, and retailers. The rules must be in place for sales of recreational marijuana to begin Dec. 1.

The board is implementing Initiative 502 which voters approved in November.

The final public forum is scheduled March 7 in Bremerton.