Marijuana hearing moved to new venue

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The state Liquor Control Board’s public hearing about regulating recreational marijuana use will begin at 6 p.m. today at Clark College’s Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, in Vancouver.

An open house begins at 6 p.m., brief introductions by board members starts at 7 p.m. and public comment begins at 7:15 p.m. The public comment period is scheduled until 10 p.m. The meeting had been scheduled to take place in a smaller room on the college’s campus.

This fall, voters approved Initiative 502, which made recreational marijuana use legal for people 21 and older. Those people can smoke pot in the privacy of their home or carry an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana-infused food, or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid.

Now the state’s Liquor Control Board is tasked with establishing rules about producing, processing and selling marijuana. The board can decide how many retail outlets will be allowed to sell pot and how many licenses will be granted for marijuana producers, processors and retailers.

The Liquor Control Board has already hosted marijuana forums in Seattle and Olympia, and has forums scheduled for Spokane, Mount Vernon and Yakima.