9 responses

  1. Frankie
    May 22, 2011

    I wasn’t there, but from your description, it was probably the public nuisance being caused rather than the activity. People getting high in vehicles is probably not super epic for PR or common sense.

    Would be nice to normalize it so that dispensaries aren’t attractive to crime any more than a Wine store is. Maybe a few years to go.

  2. Bagley resident
    May 22, 2011

    We live up the street from Om Culture, and wondered what was going on last month when the first ‘farmers market’ opened. Yes, the clogged streets were pretty annoying for a few hours, but it was not such a big deal. I’m all for medical use of marijuana, but I have to say, very few of the market patrons looked like patients with a prescription for the stuff. Mostly healthy-looking (if somewhat dissipated) kids in their 20s. Hmmm…. Who is verifying that these sales are of the legal kind? Would be a shame is the medical marijuana program was derailed by casual users taking advantage of a loophole.

  3. Kara C
    May 23, 2011

    please come to Not A Number to sign the petition (WA state registered voters) to stop police from harrassing or arresting adults who have marijuana. thanks!

  4. Chris W.
    May 23, 2011

    Thanks, Kara! Glad to know where folks can drop in & sign the petition (I’ve already signed, but maybe I’ll drop in to say hi anyway!).

  5. Michael
    May 23, 2011

    Thanks Annie Mouse for your very balanced and non-alarmist article. I manage the OmCulture facility. We mostly hold yoga and dance classes, evening dances and some events. When the folks who run the cannabis farmers market approached me, I knew they were in a corner because their previous location had suddenly shut down (for reasons entirely unrelated to the market). I agreed to host four markets, two in April and two in June.

    Though I do see the market as an efficient way for medical marijuana patients to get their medicine in a safe environment, I too felt that some (not all) of the people coming in may have gotten their cards without real medical need. My other concern was that this was a much bigger activity than I originally expected.

    We recognize that running a facility that will be hosting larger events from time to time will impact our neighborhood, in both positive and negative ways. We are absolutely committed to being a good neighbor in true Wallyhood style, so issues around parking and noise are very important to us.

    This past Sunday was the last of the markets I had agreed to, so we will not be hosting any more. I generally agree with the principles of the market, but feel that it is simply too large an event to host in a residential neighborhood. This might be something that will work better in a warehouse in an industrial neighborhood.

    The good news for Wallyhooders is that we have found a marvelous childrens program coordinator and we are in the process of putting together our pre-school open studio as well as after-school classes for older kids as early as this September — yay!!!

    We also are host to tango practica on Wednesday evenings as well as blues, fusion and sacred dances (NO RAVES!!!). We aim to be a local center for kids, families and just plain folks who like to dance and play in a fabulous space. Anyone open to a Friday evening game night for families??

    All that said, thanks all for being understanding, progressive and willing to try new things — all hallmarks of the Wallingford ethic.

    If you want more information or simply would like to discuss what’s happening at Om, go to omculture.com or just call me, Michael, at 206-406-6133.

  6. Fred
    May 23, 2011

    I agree that some people/patients do very well with marijuana. I not against them getting authorized to use it legally. I hope that marijuana smokers realize that it is like a cigarette to some of us. It is a bronchodialator. I am allergic to marijuana smoke, go into an asthma attack when it is around me, and I just also happen to be a respiratory therapist!

    So if you want/need to use marijuana, just remember, it is not a good thing for everyone. Have respect for others since we have respect for you using it, in the privacy of your home.

  7. Michael Suzerris
    May 23, 2011

    Just noticed an error in my previous message. I said we had agreed to host two in April and two in June. I meant to say May, not June. So there is no concern about it, there will be no more cannabis farmers markets at OmCulture. Thanks, all.

  8. Gayle
    May 23, 2011

    I thought 4+Evergreen or whatever it’s exactly called was a marijuana dispensary. At least that’s the impression I got from the ads I saw in the Stranger. it’s on the Wallingford side of Aurora between 39th & 40th, so technically in Wallingford.

  9. Annie Mouse
    May 23, 2011

    Hi, everyone. What great comments. Michael, you’ll hear from me off line in the next day or so. But wanted to say here that I really appreciate your hosting this event til now. I hope it was a positive experience for you. And we’ll talk more soon! Peace, Annie.

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