Hundreds turn out for Vanc. legal pot meeting

Hundreds turn out for Vanc. legal pot meeting

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Posted on February 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 1:21 PM

VANCOUVER – Hundreds of people packed a public forum at Vancouver's Clark College Thursday night to air their concerns and ideas over recently-legalized marijuana in Washington State.

Initiative 502 passed in November. The next steps are the rules and details.

“I’m alive, out of a wheelchair and walking,” said Donald Mueller, who turned to medical marijuana more than two decades ago. “I’m taking care of myself which I wasn’t beforehand.”

Others at the crowded public forum worry about big out-of-state businesses moving to town to sell pot. Others raised concerns that many people who already process marijuana may be convicted felons.

Mueller currently grows his own marijuana and says he is now concerned the state will shut down his operation.

The Washington State liquor control board is tasked with coming up with the rules about producing, processing, and selling pot.

The agency has a deadline of December 1st to come up with its regulations.

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