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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Holmes celebrates another I-502 milestone

7/8/2014  3:00:00 PM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

City Attorney Pete Holmes joined other major I-502 sponsors at noon Tuesday at the opening of Cannabis City, the first of Seattle’s allotted 21 retail marijuana stores to open.

“Just over three years ago I stood with Alison Holcomb in Seattle’s Central Public Library to announce the launch of what became Initiative 502, to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for adult recreational use,” Holmes said. “Now I’m honored to stand with Alison again at the opening of the very first I-502 store in Seattle, Cannabis City.” Holcomb was the architect of the I-502 campaign while Holmes was a prime sponsor.

“Okay, so I’m waxing nostalgic while people are waiting in line to buy something that’s in short supply (at least for now),” Holmes told the crowd of potential buyers, surprisingly mellow for a hot summer day. “And there will be other bumps in the road away from the failed War on Drugs toward a fully legal and regulated supply system, built from the ground up. The most important take away is that legally sanctioned marijuana sales are finally a reality today. And I’m here to mark this date by personally exercising this amazing new freedom. Congratulations, James Lathrop and Cannabis City; congratulations, Alison, congratulations, Washington voters. We did it!”

Holmes became the fourth person to make a purchase at Cannabis City – two packages of two grams each of “OG Pearl.”

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