WASHINGTON: When the curator at MOHAI put on purple latex gloves to handle the marijuana and other paraphernalia surrounding the first sale of legal weed in Seattle, that marked the last time anyone would handle these object with bare hands because they are the artifacts of history and will be preserved in perpetuity.
The state-licensed marijuana sellers at Cannabis City and their first customer donated items from that first-of-a-kind high noon sale of cannabis on July 8 to the museum at a news event Tuesday morning.
“This is the kind of stuff that history is made of,” said Leonard Garfield, MOHAI’s executive director, “and we’re very honored to receive it and to share it with the community.”
The donated items included a 2-gram sealed package of the “Sweet Lafayette” strain of marijuana bought by first-in-line Deb Greene, the Liquor Control Board’s letter to Cannabis City announcing they’d won a shot at one of Seattle’s 21 retail licenses, the police tape stretched across the door before the opening and the ceremonial scissors used to cut it.
James Lathrop, the owner of Cannabis City, added to the list the receipt of the first purchase, their big ad in The Stranger announcing the opening, a T-shirt with the store’s logo … and the letter from the owners of the Space Needle telling them they had to drop the image of the Needle from their logo or get sued …