1 Marcus Charles
May 17, 2014
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
March 14, 2013
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
March 14, 2013
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
September 25, 2012
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
June 3, 2014
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.