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FREE s Friday, July 12, 2013 ART ON RICHARD SHERMAN SOFTBALL CLASSIC A6 THE AVE B4 NKOTB AT THE T-DOME B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA County, cities block pot industry until rules are ready PHOTO COURTESY OF CAT JETER MEDICINAL MUDDLE. Tacoma cannabis activist Cat Jeter say that legal medical marijuana growers are finding themselves hampered by the legal unknowns created by the “recreational use” initiative. By Steve Dunkelberger PHOTOS COURTESY OF PCMARVETS OUTREACH. PCMARVETS’ Mobile Field Office brings a connection to veterans services to towns, community centers, even festivals and parades throughout Pierce County. PAY IT FORWARD Our veterans served us well – now we can help PCMARVETS serve them By Kathleen Merryman W e all talk a b o u t honoring and supporting our veterans. Now PCMARVETS is giving us the opportunity to give tangible help that changes lives. For a year and a half they have been driving their mobile field office throughout Pierce County, connecting veterans to the benefits they earned, but don’t know they have. So far, the PCMARVETS team has brought $4 million in benefits home to Pierce County veterans. Now they need our help. In December 2011, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians awarded them a $125,000 grant. With it, they bought their field office – a 1997 Ford Fleetwood motor home. It costs $100 to fill the tank, and they drive from 300 to 500 miles a week to reach veterans in Morton, Eatonville, Enumclaw, Key Center, Gig Harbor, Bonney Lake, Buckley, South Hill, Yelm and Chehalis. They invested in a computer and other start-up equipment. They hired Erica Westling, an accredited services officer, to interview veterans and file their claims. “She is the smartest, most diligent and aggressive woman we can find,” said George Hight, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant and PCMARVET’s vice chairman. He volunteers with chairman and CEO Kelley Byers, who retired from the Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel. The two vets embedded their branch of the service into their non-profit’s name, shorthand for Pierce County Marine Veterans. If you’ve heard the name before, it might have been at a Toys For Tots, ROTC or Charlie’s Dinosaur event. The crew volunteers for all those organizations. But its focus is on serving veterans who live a ways from veterans’ service centers. It’s shocking, they say, how many veterans, especially those who served in Korea and Vietnam, don’t know they are eligible for benefits. “We started outreach beyond the normal stops,” Hight said. They’ll set up at shopping centers, grocery stores, senior centers, set out a table with coffee and water, and raise the flag. With the pictures of planes, service members, and service emblems on the mobile field office, they hope the scene will draw folks over for a chat. “We’ve been suspected of being a fireworks stand, a spay and neuter clinic and X See VETERANS / page A4 HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GIVE: Pierce County Council has unanimously voted to delay the start of the marijuana market until state licensing rules are set and the county adopts permanent zoning regulations. Tacoma has been on the vanguard of the issue since its formation of the City of Tacoma Medical Cannabis Task Force, which was meant to draft rules concerning zoning and sales of marijuana and cannabis products. Fife City Council followed suit with a moratorium this week. The moratorium on medical marijuana collective gardens in Fife was set to expire later this month, except that the City Council passed an ordinance July 9 that extends the moratorium to January. At issue is how the state will regulate the growing and sale of marijuana for recreational use following last fall’s approval of Initiative 502, which creates a framework for the licensing, production and sale of recreational marijuana. The state Liquor Control Board is expected to release rules governing the process later this year. The moratoria were declared to allow time for local governments to consider whether additional regulations will be needed. “Like other local communities around the state, we need X See I-502 / page A10 Visit www.pcmarvets. com and click on the “donate” button. BUILDING BOOM Keurig coffee pods Bottled water Tea Hot chocolate Paper coffee cups Paper towels Printer paper Bring to Tacoma Weekly at 2588 Pacific Highway, Fife Developments move forward on Foss, Fredrickson By Steve Dunkelberger Tacoma City Council faced a sprinkling of development briefings Tuesday that suggests, if not outright shows, the local economy is on the mend after years of being – pardon the pun – bottled up. One development involves waterfront housing while another means Tacoma water will soon be bottled and sound X See WATER WORKS / page A9 Workplace Garden A4 FIRES ERUPT ON INDEPENDENCE DAY: Tacoma Fire Department crews were kept busy during the July 4 weekend. PAGE A2 Taijuan Walker A6 City Briefs ................A2 Pothole Pig ...............A3 ‘American Idol’ challenge B3 Sports ......................A6 A&E ....................... ..B1 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Make A Scene ........ B5 Calendar ................. 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