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Page C-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 iii:: Washington on the leading edge of a major cultural, legal and medical shift and Mrs. John Kraft were arrested Sept. 10, 1923, in the Idaho Hotel, a long-gone lodging establishment in Seattle that likely was a transient hotel, as they were called in those days. The Idaho Hotel was on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Jackson Street in downtown Seattle, not far from the King Street train station. The Idaho Hotel was on the wrong side of the tracks. We don't know much about Mr. and Mrs. John Kraft or the details of their arrest because the Seattle Po- lice Department has cleared out the paper records from that era. But we do know, ifa Sept. 11, 1923, story from the Seattle Daily Times is correct, that they were the first people in Washington arrested under a six-month-old state law for possession of"marijuana, a Mexican narcotic herb." Here's the complete story, which was and sale of marijuana. Colorado began sell- a nonprofit, it really helps a lot of people, and tucked into a single column on page 2 of the ing recreational marijuana Jan. 1, 2014, and it especially helps a lot of poor people." paper under an ad for Lucky Strikes ciga-the first sale in Washington was July 8 at a Rightnow, marijuanadispensariesinWash- rettes ("It's Toasted"): handful of stores around the state. Of course, ington can sell marijuana only to people with people in both states -- and 20 other states -- medical authorization cards, but dispensaries Mexican Herb Causes Grief could kind of, sort of, legally buy marijuana exist in a legal and regulatory limbo. The sales Charged with violating the state antinar-for years before 2014 through medical mari- are neither legal nor illegal because their ex- cotics law by having in their possession mari- juana dispensaries, but what's happening istence is not explicitly sanctioned under state juana, a Mexican narcotic herb, Mr. and Mrs. now in Washington and Colorado with theirlaw, but their presence is mostly tolerated, es- John Kraft were arrested last night in the Ida- recreational markets is without precedent, pecially in King County. However, one place ho Hotel by Patrolmen N. P. Anderson and H. their existence is not especially appreciated B. Williams and taken to the city jail. This is THE SPECTER OF MEDICAL is Washington, D.C. The U.S. Justice Depart- the first time since the new state law went into Understanding the difference between ment issued a memo in August 2013 that pro- effect that anyone has been arrested for having medical and recreational marijuana is impor- vided guidelines for Washington and Colorado the Mexican narcotic herb in his possession, tant, especially in Washington. While Colora- to follow on recreational marijuana -- if they do folded its medical marijuana dispensaries wanted to remain in the federal government's The penalty for a conviction of marijuanasomewhat seamlessly into its recreationalcone of tolerance. The key phrase being that possession in 1923 was up to 10 years in the market, Washington did not, so we now have, states "will implement strong and effective state penitentiary, essentially, two big-time marijuana dealers regulatory and enforcement systems." angling for control of the same street corner. Washington's medical marijuana is not * * * The state fears medical marijuana will siphon such a system. What a difference a century makes, off enough customers to imperil its recre- Efforts to shut down medical marijuana No retail marijuana stores are open yet in ational market, and dispensaries worry the businesses died in the final days of the Wash- Mason County, but some day residents will be recreational market will not only cost them ington Legislature's 2014 session, undone by able to enter one of five state-licensed stores in customers, but that their customers will be a dispute over money. Some lawmakers want- the county and buy up to 1 ounce of their own forced to pay higher prices and won't receive ed to direct more money from state marijuana "Mexican herb." Thurston County residentsthe therapeutic advice they believe they need. revenues to local governments. Others did will be'able to pick from 11 stores. Customers "There's so many patients out there rightnot. And medical marijuana remains alive un- can buy strains of marijuana with names like now" who need the medical marijuana dis- til the Legislature takes another crack at it. OG Kush, Blue Dream or Purple Urkle. Theypensaries, said 64-year-old Bob Davies, man- Voters in this state set us on a course with can buy bongs, vaporizers and rolling papers, ager of Mud Bay Meds, a collective on Mudmany unknowable consequences when they And, as long as customers keep the amountBay Road near the foot of Eld Inlet. "Their supported Initiative 502 in November 2012 of marijuana in their possession 1 ounce and dosages are sometimes required to be a lot with 56 percent of the vote. lighter, they won't have to worry about modern higher than what the state will allow under Will marijuana use increase? Will the use versions of Patrolmen Anderson and Williams. 1-502 and I think that will make it very hard of alcohol, which is considered a more reliable Washington and Colorado are the only gov-on the people who really need it. That's why I ernments in history -- as far as anyone can think they should keep medical. If they do it tell -- to regulate the production, processing by some kind of guideline and really run it as see page G-5 lli llil ll, lli iiiHJ lllL HiillJilii!ll JiJl IIII ii ill ill i I Ii J :I| iJl I i II i:I! IJ i i h!lil lli nil liiil l| llll |iillllllllll llilill!l ii' :