Believer or not, there are elements of “cannabis freedom” greater than I-502 victories like “sophisticated” pot cookies and neighborhoods like 15th Ave E facing competition between potential multiple legal pot retail shops. Saturday, the various forces pushing for the next horizons of pot freedom gathered again in Volunteer Park for a rally and march for the cause.
Here’s a look at the march as it traveled down Broadway and Pine along with the messages of the many constituencies represented — from the cannabis as PTSD treatment “22” movement that marks the number of veterans believed to commit suicide every day, to the ongoing fight to have marijuana removed from the federal roster of controlled substances, to the fight against Washington’s plans to transition medical marijuana into the purview of I-502 retailers. And, in true I-502 spirit, there was also some community-friendly product placement thanks to providers like Nana’s Secret “cannabis-infused” sodas.
Meanwhile, Central Seattle potrepreneur Ian Eisenberg may not have had a float in this year’s march but he did have reason to celebrate. The lawsuit brought against his Uncle Ike’s shop at 23rd and Union by a neighboring church and community group has been dropped, the Seattle Times reports. CHS reported here on some of the early legal victories for Eisenberg’s store. Last month, Eisenberg told CHS he is planning to open a second I-502 retailer in the former veterinarian clinic building he purchased at 15th Ave and Republican.
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