Democrat state Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles of Seattle is running to succeed King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, who is retiring this fall after a 20-year stint on the regional body. And, despite the lack of serious opposition, she’s using rather unique ways to raise money for her campaign.
Kohl-Welles has a pre-occupation with cannabis—and any legislation pertaining to the drug. During the 2015 legislative session, Kohl-Welles introduced a bill that proposed allowing any person over the age of 21 to grow up to six plants, hold up to eight ounces and distribute up to one ounce of marijuana. Prior to that, the Democrats sponsored numerous medical marijuana bills and enthusiastically supported its legalization.
Kohl-Welles even received the 2015 Seattle Hempfest Excellence in Cannabis Activism Award at the organization’s festival earlier this month in recognition of her efforts.
That’s perhaps why it is not surprising that the marijuana-enthused state senator would hold a hemp/cannabis themed fundraising event. A recent email from the King County Council candidate invites recipients to attend her event to discuss the “future of medical cannabis, cannabis health & beauty aids, and industrial hemp.” Guests can look forward to “delicious hemp appetizers & chocolates” and a “specially crafted cocktail” that is apparently called “The Councilmember.”
Two immediate assumptions: First, whoever created the email was high, given the quality. And, the appetizers, chocolates and cocktail in question must have a particularly special ingredient.
You can check out the email below.
Um, you are aware the voters of Washington state voted to legalize and tax sales of marijuana for recreational purposes, right? (That’s the new tax money Republicans re-directed to fund the education spending you’re crowing about in another post.) In fact, creating a legal market for the taxable sale of Washington-grown recreational marijuana was the main selling point.