Wallyhood introduces a new guest blogger, who we’ll call “Annie” here. She’s our little anonymous mouse, guest blogging about the Seattle Cannabis Farmer’s Market in Wallingford. Welcome, Annie Mouse!
Today Wallyhood got a tip that there is a medical marijuana dispensary in Wallingford & that there was a smoking tent outside. Did Wallyhood know what is going on?
I do! I do! Wallyhood thought I might, and asked me to write about it. Thank you for letting me do this.
First, there is no dispensary in Wallingford. A dispensary is a full time location that works like a pharmacy, only for marijuana instead of pills and ointments.
The first ever cannabis farmers market was held in South Lake Union in February, but outgrew the space on Day 1. After some down time, OmCulture started hosting the Seattle Cannabis Farmers Market on Pacific Avenue. It’s just a few hours a weekend, once a month. But it is a great resource for medical marijuana patients who don’t grow their own medicine. The farmers market allows patients safe access to marijuana without having to grow it, and without having to go to Seattle’s nonprofit dispensaries which can sometimes be shady. Sometimes they even get robbed at gunpoint (see article about Fremont dispensary robbery here). I’m not very interested in being there when that happens. Most medical marijuana patients aren’t. We’re law-abiding citizens with medical conditions that are helped by marijuana.
I was diagnosed with a chronic neurological condition many years ago. Since then, regular medicine has been unable to treat my disease without terrible side effects that make every day harder. Once I stopped taking normal medicine, I started looking at alternatives for managing my day to day symptoms. Movement classes, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, Chinese medicine tinctures, etc. But marijuana is really the best thing I can do for myself. With it I can function normally without going to the ER for side effects, I can sleep and rest, I have more energy, I have an appetite, my eyesight is better, and my immune system focuses on inflammation instead of stress. My daily life is about as normal as I could ever hope for. And I can still work full time.
Today I went to the farmers market to buy more medicine and to try edibles that don’t cause any intoxication. I got there around 2pm, and saw Seattle Police behind the building talking to people with baggies in their hands. I almost left then, but some people walking by told me the police weren’t arresting anyone who was following the rules. Some neighbors had complained about the parking (I would too, it was a mess!) and the smell of marijuana. That’s when the police spotted an outdoor smoking tent, and found some people smoking in their cars on Bagley. The tent was taken down and the people in their cars were asked to leave.
Then about an hour later, the police came back inside. I heard some of the farmers market volunteers calling their lawyers asking for help. Then everybody started saying, “We’re shut down. Please leave in an orderly fashion.” Which everyone did. For the record, the police didn’t come storming in scaring people. They just asked everyone to leave.
I don’t yet know why. The dispensaries should be operating legally (except for the tent. What were they thinking?). But Washington State marijuana law is in flux. There was even some secret verbal vote Friday night in Olympia that nobody seems to understand yet. I’ll contact the farmers market organizers and try to find out what’s happening, and whether the farmers market will return to Wallingford on June 12th as planned.
Until then, I’m happy to report the incident today was handled quietly by both the Cannabis Farmers Market and the Seattle Police Department. I saw no sirens, and no handcuffs. Nobody started yelling. I did sign some petitions though.
More soon, I hope! If you want to learn about Washington State medical marijuana laws, click here.