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Marijuana Forum Thursday Night In Seattle

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Martin Nickerson Jr. has sued Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and state tax chief Carol Nelson in federal court, arguing that he cannot be taxed on the state and local levels because he’s already being federally prosecuted, Courthouse News Service reports. His attorneys argue that he is unable to defend himself from state tax charges because he would be forced to waive his Fifth Amendment rights by responding to the local tax charges. (credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Martin Nickerson Jr. has sued Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and state tax chief Carol Nelson in federal court, arguing that he cannot be taxed on the state and local levels because he’s already being federally prosecuted, Courthouse News Service reports. His attorneys argue that he is unable to defend himself from state tax charges because he would be forced to waive his Fifth Amendment rights by responding to the local tax charges. (credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — The state Liquor Control Board holds the second of a series of forums on legal marijuana sales Thursday night at Seattle City Hall.

Hundreds of people attended the first forum Tuesday night in Olympia. Many said they wanted licenses to grow, process or sell marijuana in what they called a new cottage industry in the state. Many also said people convicted of marijuana crimes shouldn’t be disqualified.

The liquor board is drafting rules to implement Initiative 502, which was approved in November by voters. It legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and calls for state-licensed marijuana growers, processers and retail stores.

More public forums are scheduled Feb. 7 in Vancouver, Feb. 12 in Spokane, Feb. 19 in Mount Vernon and Feb. 21 in Yakima.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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