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August 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Sunday Memo: Hempfest … Female veterans … Longacres Mile

Puffing along: Hempfest continues today at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle, the first gathering of the “protestival” since Initiative 502 passed. That measure nominally legalized recreational marijuana in Washington state, and some of the out-of-towners in the 250,000 people attending said they felt high just being here in an “island of freedom.” But a panel of defense lawyers warned that ready access to legal pot is still far from being realized because state officials are creating a system where weed is “regulated like plutonium and taxed at three different levels.”

In other business: About 150 women veterans are wrapping up a three-day session today intended to give them the tools and business savvy to become successful entrepreneurs. V-WISE (Veteran Women Inspiring the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) is a training program designed by Syracuse University with the Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration. Missed this gathering at the Westin Bellevue? Check out the V-WISE website for more information if you are a female veteran, active-duty female transitioning within 24 months, spouse or female partner of a veteran who is running or growing a small business, or if you are interested in starting a new small business.

On track: It’s the biggest day of the year at Emerald Downs today, or at least the richest race of the year run at the Auburn track. A full field of 12 horses run for $200,000 in the Longacres Mile, which has attracted horses from Canada, California and New York to vie against a strong group of local horses. The Mile is the eighth race on the card, with the Emerald Distaff the sixth race, featuring the best fillies and mares running for $65,000. First race is at 2 p.m.

In other sports: Seahawks won big; Mariners lost big; Sounders did, too. The Storm won and Chris Hansen has people wondering what he is up to with the NBA.

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Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or nprovenza@seattletimes.com


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