WASHINGTON: Emerald Downs seemed like the perfect place to bet your money on the cannabis race. Companies from all over the globe came to witness history in the making on a perfect Seattle day. The wind and rain pelted convention goers like Tripp Keber from Dixie Elixirs in Colorado, who told MJNN that this was his sixth trip to Washington and he’s not seen a sunny day yet.
Convention goers were betting their $125 dinner ticket will make them a contender in the green rush. They networked in the hallways and under the bright lights of the betting screens. Badge-wearing business people collected their green wrist bands for free happy hour drink tickets.
Andrew DeAngelo of the famous Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California, isn’t used to this weather either, although he has a residence in Washington State, a requirement for all business wishing to apply for their 502 business permit.
I ran into three guys from Massachusetts, who are thrilled that their state passed its medical marijuana law back in November. Dorian Des Lauriers of Pro Verde Labs said they are planning full legalization during the next presidential election of 2016 and wanted to be prepared.
I finally found my friends, the Women of Weed, just before dinner was served. “It’s interesting how many people are from out of town,” said Ah Warner of Cannabis Basics. And looking around the room, I wonder if Seattle Slew could help me predict the winner of this race.
Original reporting and photography by MJNN Contributing Editor Morgan