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Dec 11, 2014 commented on City to Crack Down on Pot-Delivery Services and Consider New Rules for Dispensaries.
Regarding the claim that medical marijuana delivery is illegal, since when was driving, biking, or walking medical marijuana to a pot patient disallowed under RCW 69.51A?
Sep 25, 2014 commented on I Am Leaving The Stranger, Everybody!.
Hopefully the Stranger's news department can now lighten up, stop scratching so deep, because that kind of reporting can offend the wrong people.
Jul 8, 2014 commented on How Washington State Screwed Up Its Legal Pot System.
@25 If your "facts" only come from medical-marijuana-dispensaries.findthebe…, I would prefer better facts. The reality is Washington State has far more than 138 medical marijuana dispensaries.
Mar 18, 2014 commented on Update: KOMO Loses Longtime Camera Operator In Helicopter Tragedy.
Strothman was also the father-in-law of medical marijuana activist and lobbyist Kari Boiter. Sad day; sending positive prayers.
Mar 17, 2014 commented on Photos From this Weekend's Pot Business Fair.
@15: Thanks for the info.

I hosted a Legal Cannabis Day celebration at Seattle Center and called 911 twice during the event (I learned that if you want Center security to disallow entrance to obviously-intoxicated people, you have to specifically instruct them to do so). The second time, I had to ask a group of straggling stoners to clear the premises. To do this, I thanked them for coming, calmly and honestly informed them that I had called in the medics to assist with a medical situation, and requested their help in clearing the room.

Contrast that to simply being told "we are closing up here," inquiring if I am being asked to leave, and being told, quite simply, "yes." I described it as an awkward stoner encounter, which I thought was fair given the information provided me. I hung outside the building conversing with pot people for another 15 minutes at least, and received no inclination that the medics had been called to the scene prior to that.

@16: I'm sorry I didn't talk to your business. I was trying to collect business cards from the remaining tables when I was asked to leave. I was there for about 90 minutes and spoke with WA Seed Bank, MPSI Security, Washington Bud Company, Green Thumb Logistics, Eden Labs, Dime Bag Scales, Vuber, Nana's Secret, Empower Oil, MJBA, and a few other folks. I never made it past the Vuber table, so missed half the room. I wasn't there for the dabs, and I didn't leave feeling sober despite your claims that marijuana consumption was strictly prohibited. Please, tell me about your product at
Mar 17, 2014 commented on Photos From this Weekend's Pot Business Fair.
@12 Were you there on Saturday? To be clear, I haven't quoted any hearsay, assumptions or pissy opinion. At your urging, I've been asking around, and I have heard numerous unfortunate stories from people directly involved those situations. I'm sure it's not what you want to hear—it's not what I want to hear either—but that doesn't automatically mean a handful of people with similarly negative stories are a bunch of coordinating liars.
Mar 16, 2014 commented on Photos From this Weekend's Pot Business Fair.
@10 He could've indicated any such thing to me when he asked me to leave. Plus there was a room full of vendors and others still, and he didn't seem concerned about hurrying them out. I will try to do more research. So far I have heard a number of stories where Mr. Cooper kicked people out of the facility in an angry fit. He was certainly nice enough about it with me, but like I said, it was awkward—using the excuse of a medical emergency would've been much smoother.
Mar 16, 2014 commented on Photos From this Weekend's Pot Business Fair.
@6: Agreed. There was no such emergency happening at the time, and Jeremy Cooper from Magical Butter mentioned no such situation when he asked me to leave the building. I've asked others who were there at the time, and nobody noticed anything that he (@5) claims was the reason he singled me out for eviction.

I've now heard from several people who have been kicked out of this new pot-friendly event center in Sodo by this same fellow. I wonder if each time there was a "personal emergency" happening for Mr. Cooper.
Mar 15, 2014 commented on Photos From this Weekend's Pot Business Fair.
@1 It wasn't the folks who put on the show, rather the fella who runs the pot-friendly event center. Like I said, it was certainly an awkward moment—not atypical in the weed world—but other than that sudden finale, the event itself was good times.