5 profiles of interesting people in the pot world
Marcus Charles shows off JuJu Joints, which are disposable cigarette-sized vaporizers. He and his partner came up with the joints’ design. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Seattle nightlife entrepreneur Marcus Charles, owner of the Crocodile Cafe and co-founder of the Capitol Hill Block Party, turned the Port of Willapa Harbor in Raymond into a magnet for aspiring pot growers.
2 Randy Simmons
Randy Simmons is the state implementation manager for Initiative 502. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)
Randy Simmons is the marijuana guru for the state Liquor Control Board, which is charged with implementing our new legal pot system. LCB board member Chris Marr called Simmons, “the man behind the curtain.”
3 The Liquor Control Board
Members of the state Liquor Control Board including Ruthann Kurose, left, chair Sharon Foster and Chris Marr listen during a marijuana forum hosted by the agency at Seattle City Hall Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (Photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Sharon Foster, a former lobbyist, chairs the state agency charged with implementing Washington’s new legal pot law. She and fellow board members Ruthann Kurose and Chris Marr decided how much weed should be grown, and how to keep it from the black market.
4 Alison Holcomb
Alison Holcomb, director of Initiative 502, announces that marijuana legalization’s lead on election night in 2012. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
From Seattle Weekly in September 2012: Alison Holcomb, the leader of the initiative to legalize marijuana, isn’t your stereotypical stoner. A lawyer and mom, she was one of the architects of I-502 and instrumental to getting legalization passed.
5 Jessica Tonani
Jessica Tonani, CEO of Verda Bio, a small Seattle biotech company, is researching the consistency and variety in medical-marijuana strains.
(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
Jessica Tonani, a Seattle biotech executive, has what she calls a “broken stomach.” She uses medical marijuana for it. Tonani formed Verda Bio, a company devoted to researching the genetics and therapeutic uses of marijuana. She found some marijuana strains are not what they purport to be in name, chemical content and genetics.