WASHINGTON: I counted six attorneys, two cannabis processors, one collective garden owner, and a handful of food, wine & entertainment entrepreneurs at the NORML Women’s Alliance benefit dinner Saturday night in Seattle. Fourteen lucky supporters were treated to an eight-course feast prepared by James Beard Award Winner Chef Eric Tanaka.
Danica Noble, attorney and Coordinator for NORML Women’s Alliance of Washington, told MJ News Network that the $200-a-plate event – proceeds from which would go toward NWA’s mission to empower women to educate the public about the costs of marijuana prohibition and the benefits of alternative policies – sold out in just two days
Chef Tanaka thrilled the canna-benefactors with adventurous dishes of lamb tongue with orchard butter (pumpkin, apple, pear, sugar mamma squash, ginger and apple cider), pomegranate molasses and green apple and Asian pear slaw. My favorite was the chanterelle masala with smoked paneer, lemon yogurt and cilantro.
Because dinner was served while standing, it was easy to network between courses after introductions were made. I heard several conversations about education, addiction and children, as recent media reports have highlighted the positive impact cannabis has on children with epilepsy, autism and ADHD. The conversation was well-peppered with mentions of I-502, and who among them would be applying for one of the coveted recreational marijuana licenses that will be issued in Washington beginning next month.
Ah Warner of Cannabis Basics told the ACLU’s Alison Holcolm that she had no plans to go 502, since her botanical topicals are made with below-permitted THC levels, and that it would take of a lot of time for the state to figure out the process. Holcomb, who was chief author of I-502 legislation that legalized marijuana in Washington State, with supporting comment prominent attorney Kurt Boehl, encouraged her to apply anyway, noting that if business owners don’t permit themselves now, they may not be able to get that [producer/processor] license in the future.The WSLCB application process for grower, grower/processor, and retail applications begins on November 17th and is only scheduled to be available for one month.
The effervescent Joy Beckerman Maher, NWA’s Outreach Director, provided a hemp history lesson just prior to Chef’s Tanaka’s carona beans (pork belly and lion’s mane mushroom) course. With over 20 years of experience in the industrial hemp movement, Beckerman Maher is passionate about hemp — which I learned contain more digestible protein that meat, eggs and soy.
Up for auction (and sampled during dinner) was Nana’s Secret Shine – a cannabis-infused ‘moonshine’ in a beautiful see-through corked-bottle signed by Chef Tanaka. Nana’s Secret owner, Cecilia Siverston, treated dinner guests to Nana’s Secret sodas, gift bag treats, and an infused lychee ice cream that was out of this world. I didn’t dare eat the whole thing – but I could have.
As guests were leaving, we were handed two gift bags totaling just shy of $300 retail value. In them were dried flower, joints and infused products from Seattle’s Leading Producers – including Cannabis Basics (Lip Butter Baby!), Sativa Valley, Wicked Wicks, Ettalew’s, Kush Creams, Evergreen Herbal, Vita Verde, Have a Heart, Fweedom, Patient2Patient, Hempfest Central. (If I forgot to mention your product, please email me.)
I had every intention of going to the Hempfest Masquerade Ball once the benefit was over, but after all that wonderful food and standing all night, I thought it better to go home and bust open my gift bag and reflect upon this momentous moment in history. Thank you, NORML Women’s Alliance!
Original Reporting by MJ News Network Contributing Editor Morgan