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Seattle's budding economy: Pot tourism
CNN ^ | 04/09/2013 | Bryn Nelson

Posted on 04/09/2013 6:37:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Seattle, Washington (CNN) -- If you think 2013 will be a half-baked year for tourism in Seattle, you haven't been paying attention to the curiously pungent smoke signals emanating from this city.

On a recent chilly evening, an unmistakable smell has drifted across the street from an industrial space in the SODO neighborhood. Inside, a DJ spins an eclectic mix of rock while a man in a tie-dyed hoodie distributes cannabis-infused buttered rum and root beer-flavored hard candy to a diverse crowd of revelers. Another volunteer passes around a 12-foot-long "vape bag" filled with marijuana vapor -- one way to get around the city's indoor smoking ban.

Four glassblowers demonstrate the art of making bongs while attendees sip beer, munch on Greek meatballs, and dip an assortment of fruit, marshmallows and gummy worms in chocolate fountains.

If only the party wasn't running low on grilled cheese sandwiches.

This "Member's Frolic," hosted by the organizers of a huge "protestival" called Hempfest, is but a fraction of the size of the annual pro-pot rally that drew an estimated 250,000 people to the Seattle waterfront last August.

But with last year's legalization of recreational marijuana use for adults in both Colorado and Washington State, the gathering offers a telling preview of how a creative counterculture may be poised to go mainstream and reap the rewards of a new "green economy" based on pot tourism.

Just imagine how much the food truck vendors are salivating.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugs; drugwar; marijuana; pot; potheads; seattle; tourism; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd

1 posted on 04/09/2013 6:37:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Seattle is a ridiculous city full of fags, dopeheads, idiot environmentalists and other morons who can’t earn a living.

That said...I hear Portland is worse. Hard to believe, but that’s what I hear.


2 posted on 04/09/2013 6:40:34 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

Isn’t Seattle the home of the great (or once great) Microsoft?


3 posted on 04/09/2013 6:43:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: ConservativeDude

Maybe we should encourage one single state to legalize virtually everything they can think of, then we can isolate the stupid in one place.


4 posted on 04/09/2013 6:49:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ConservativeDude

And in Louisiana, the father loses custody of his kids for a pot possession charge. Yay! They made it to Cuba yesterday.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 6:50:24 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Being lefty, clueless, and high is no way to go through life Son.”


6 posted on 04/09/2013 7:04:08 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: SeekAndFind

When will they be demanding FED aid to deal with the conseauences?


7 posted on 04/09/2013 7:04:30 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: SeekAndFind
What a bunch of degenerates. "Brute beasts fit only to be destroyed."- John Locke

If the normal decent citizen ever wakes up and acts they have a lot of cleaning to do.

8 posted on 04/09/2013 7:24:36 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind

Given some recent polling data that I’ve seen regarding the public’s view of issues such as legalizing drugs, same sex marriage, and more restrictive gun laws, I can only conclude that I am now part of the counterculture, because I am no longer in the majority. A complete disconnect. I’ve felt this way since November 4, 2008——A day which will live in infamy IMHO.


9 posted on 04/09/2013 7:29:12 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: SeekAndFind

Smoke all you want on vacation. Your employer can still fire you for that use. Potheads didn’t shout when employers asserted that they could even fire employees who use TOBACCO in their off hours.


10 posted on 04/09/2013 7:39:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SeekAndFind

Vancouver was the Pot Vacation Capital of North America for about a decade or more. Seattle is just getting in on the act.

Let’s not forget the “medical marijuana” crowd in states like California and Colorado and the direction their governments are headed.


11 posted on 04/09/2013 7:44:25 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Suburban Seattle - Redmond, or “East Side” is where Microsoft resides. Not exactly the same thing, in local parlance. Many people in Seattle look down their noses at “Eastsiders”, I kind of like them, myself (not a pro or anti Microsft message). Thanks.


12 posted on 04/09/2013 7:48:27 AM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: SeekAndFind

They were all suffering from Pernicious Dandruff because everyone knows it’s only really sick people who smoke pot.


13 posted on 04/09/2013 7:49:23 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

That sounds pretty threatening


14 posted on 04/09/2013 7:57:12 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: ConservativeDude

The sad thing is they do earn a living and make quite a bit of money. Probably why they have such a god complex thinking they know best. However, give a few more years of the steady flow of Somalis immigrating to Kent county and Seattle will decline pretty fast. Freeloading Muslim radicals will make Detroit look like a paradise.


15 posted on 04/09/2013 8:10:20 AM PDT by dragonblustar (2 Peter 3:18)
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To: dragonblustar

Sad? Would it be better if they din’t have jobs?


16 posted on 04/09/2013 8:18:01 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: stuartcr
Sad? Would it be better if they din’t have jobs?

Let's see... For the liberal politicians, yes.

For the ones working at Micro Soft, most of them.

For the ones who work at the coffee shops, no.... Let them keep making coffee.

17 posted on 04/09/2013 8:46:52 AM PDT by dragonblustar (2 Peter 3:18)
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To: dragonblustar

right


18 posted on 04/09/2013 8:59:23 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
What a bunch of degenerates. "Brute beasts fit only to be destroyed."- John Locke

Is that also true of those who drink to the point of mental effect?

19 posted on 04/09/2013 10:02:43 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

In answer to the question as to alcohol abusers the answer is no. Quite simply it is only the druggie that is actively proselyting. It is not the goal to suppress completely any vice Total suppression can never be achieved, but the proper goal is to prevent any given vice from spreading to the healthy parts of society.


20 posted on 04/09/2013 3:30:52 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
In answer to the question as to alcohol abusers the answer is no. Quite simply it is only the druggie that is actively proselyting.

On what do you base your claim? I've personally known alcohol users who have actively proselytized and drug users who haven't.

21 posted on 04/10/2013 6:59:25 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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