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OLCC hosts marijuana talk at Washington Square hotel

Residents can weigh in on recreational pot rules from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Embassy Suites.

State officials will listen to ideas about how to regulate recreational marijuana.Washington County residents soon will be able to weigh in the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s implementation of the state’s recreational marijuana law.

The OLCC scheduled a listening session for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Embassy Suites hotel at 9000 S.W. Washington Square Road, Tigard.

“Hearing firsthand from community members is vital to our public process,” OLCC Chairman Rob Patridge said in a news release. “The OLCC needs to hear from you: what should marijuana regulation look like in your community and throughout Oregon?”

Similar listening sessions started last week in Eastern Oregon and will continue across the state into early March. The only other session in the Portland area is 4-6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center in Clackamas.

Under the new law, which voter passed in November, possession of recreational marijuana becomes legal on July 1. Meanwhile, the OLCC must begin accepting applications for commercial licenses next January, with retail stores to open by late 2016.

The listening sessions are the first steps in a yearlong public marijuana rule-making process that will include monthly Commission meetings and rules advisory committee meetings.

“OLCC is committed to a transparent and inclusive public process to help us implement the law in a way that protects children, keeps our communities safe and brings the recreational marijuana industry into the regulated market,” Patridge said.

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