Editorials

Let's talk about marijuana

Legislators in Olympia again will try to repair the state's broken medical marijuana law this year.

One problem is, we don't all agree on exactly what's broken. Despite voter approval of an initiative legalizing marijuana use for people suffering from certain ailments, the issue remains controversial.

Potential reforms raised here and in other states range from an outright prohibition to legalization for all adults.

Medical marijuana is the next topic for our Community Conversation series, sponsored by the Tri-City Herald and the Dispute Resolution Center of the Tri-Cities.

Community Conversations bring together Mid-Columbia residents with widely varying -- and often opposing -- ideas.

The goal is to bring greater understanding and perhaps a few solutions to some of the most contentious issues of the day.

Would you like to participate?

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3. You must commit to attend both evenings.

If you would like to be part of the conversation, please send us your name, mailing address, phone number and a brief statement -- 25 words or less -- on why you are interested.

The application deadline is Jan. 31.

The best way to reach us is via e-mail at forum@tricityherald.com.

You also can call 582-1538, or write to editorial page editor Chris Sivula, 333 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336.

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