Kohl-Welles to be honored at the 2015 Seattle Hempfest Festival

On Aug. 14, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, will be awarded the 2015 Seattle Hempfest Excellence in Cannabis Activism Award at Seattle’s Hempfest festival.

Kohl-Welles is recognized as a tireless advocate for medical marijuana patients statewide. This legislative session she sponsored numerous bills relating to marijuana reform including the Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Act, legislation designed to streamline the newly enacted I-502 system, maintain and improve access to medical marijuana for patients, and improve public safety and law enforcement efficiency.

In addition, Kohl-Welles sponsored a bill that has been signed into law creating a marijuana research license for the production and possession of marijuana for research purposes. Another bill she sponsored would ease regulations surrounding cannabis health and beauty aids. It has been amended onto a bill sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, that has yet to be passed by the Legislature.

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Man threatens 3 people with knife and boomerang at Golden Gardens Park

Seattle Police arrested a man at Golden Gardens Park on June 21 after he yelled racial slurs and threatened three people with a knife and a boomerang.

Police received a call from victims after the suspect yelled at them from the beach. They said they were walking to the water when the man started screaming at them. In between racial slurs the suspect told them that they were all going to die, and he stabbed the ground and a nearby log with a knife. The victims believed their lives were in danger and called 911.

When police arrived, they located the suspect behind a large log. He was described as only wearing red shorts and holding the weapons.

Police immediately disarmed the man of his knife and boomerang. They found another folding knife in the suspect’s shorts.

The suspect denied making any disturbance and said he was sleeping. He complained of pain from having surgery on both shoulders. He later stated he was attempting to “ground” himself at the beach.

Police arrested the man, and he was booked at King County Jail for harassment.

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Mayor introduces new legislation requiring places of public accommodation to designate all-gender restrooms

Today Mayor Ed Murray introduced legislation that would require all City-controlled and privately operated places of public accommodation to designate existing or future single-occupant restrooms as all-gender facilities. All existing City-controlled single-occupant restrooms (across all City departments, from City Hall to Parks) will be re-signed to conform to this new standard. The proposal is one of the early recommendations from the Mayor’s LGBT task force, and has been supported by the City’s LGBT Commission.

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