Starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight, Town Hall is all about answering this question: What should Seattle do about pot? Regulate it? Decriminalize it? Put it in a chocolate-and-rum cake?
It's hard to imagine Seattle doing anything more. We're already one of the most pot-friendly cities in the country: We have the world's biggest pot festival, we were the first city to deprioritize pot enforcement, our city attorney refuses to prosecute pot cases, and local elected in city and state government are aggressively in favor of fixing our pot laws.
But the state still busts over 14,000 people a year for pot—mostly just for possession. An initiative circulating right now, if passed, would scratch all pot laws (smoking, growing, dealing) from the state's books. Is that the right approach? What's Seattle's job in pushing the state to fix its laws?
This event actually sounds pretty cool. The whole thing will be live on Seattle Channel and C.R. Douglas—who is certifiably awesome—will host it all Oprah-style with a mic in the audience and a panel on the stage. Plus the audience and online viewers get to participate in real-time polls, testimonials, and such.
The guests include an anti-drug crusader whose son died of an overdose, "passionate" pot activists, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36), and ACLU-WA Drug Policy Director Alison Holcomb.
It appears that you have to sign up for a free ticket over here. We'll embed the live feed on Slog in a post that goes up at 7:00 p.m.