Questions for the CannaBiz panel of marijuana experts

WASHINGTON: This Wednesday evening the Inlander is hosting a panel discussion about the marijuana market taking form in Washington state. The three panelists are all experts in different areas of the industry:

Hilary Bricken, who we profiled in last year’s Work Issue, is an attorney known for specializing in the legal issues surrounding marijuana.

Matt Cohen, a well-known advocate in the medical marijuana movement, had his farm in California raided by the feds in 2011 and has since consulted with the Washington State Liquor Control Board on I-502 production issues.

Randy Simmons is the deputy director of the state’s Liquor Control Board, who’s been leading research teams as the state figures out how to set up and operate a legal marijuana market.

The forum will include questions from the audience, which is good — for every known fact about how recreational marijuana will work in Washington state, there are still dozens of questions about how it will all turn out.

Democrat Ruben Gallego Introduces Arizona Marijuana-Legalization Bill

ARIZONA: As promised, Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego has submitted a bill that would legalize marijuana possession in Arizona.

Twelve other Democrats signed on to sponsor or co-sponsor the bill, House Bill 2558.

Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, has said the bill would “regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.”

His proposal doesn’t include anything radically different from Colorado’s marijuana-legalization law. Generally, the bill proposes allowing anyone over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of pot, as well as a few marijuana plants.

Minor violations of the law, including smoking in public, growing in public view, or being caught in possession while under the age of 21 would be civil violations punished by fines.