Seattle Vice: Marijuana Industry Springs From Northwest Tradition

A federal agent in Seattle inspects a still confiscated from bootleggers in 1921. Many Seattleites celebrated the end of Prohibition, as they are also doing in the run-up to state-licensed marijuana sales.

WASHINGTON: In the 1860s, Washington state gave Benjamin Sprague a franchise to captain a boat. He called it Gin Palace Polly, and used it to bring liquor and women to logging camps around Puget Sound. Today, it’s state-licensed marijuana sales that highlight the region’s free-wheeling attitude toward trade in what some consider vice. This “economy of sin” is Read the full article…