Cannabis Pro Leaps Into Politics

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Politics DC's Cannabis Confusion Could Be Solved by Maryland Voters Leafly List Leafly List: Washington, Spring 2018 Politics Opinion: Washington's Cannabis Law Is an Obstacle to Equity Politics A Cannabis Advocate's Case for Bernie Sanders With State Senate Bid, Cannabis Pro Leaps Into Politics(Alyson McGuire/courtesy of Jessa Lewis)Before the 2016 presidential election catapulted Jessa Lewis into politics, she was an involved member of Washington state’s legal cannabis industry. I wanted to understand all of [the legal cannabis industry] a little bit more holistically. Here’s an edited transcript of the conversation: Leafly: When we first met, you were very much in the cannabis industry, working for companies like Dockside and Nectar. But what’s interesting is the acceptance of the cannabis industry. [People are] realizing the tax dollars, the crime and harm reduction, the value to the local economy.

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With State Senate Bid, Cannabis Pro Leaps Into Politics

(Alyson McGuire/courtesy of Jessa Lewis)

Before the 2016 presidential election catapulted Jessa Lewis into politics, she was an involved member of Washington state’s legal cannabis industry. She’d worked as general manager of retailer Dockside’s first Seattle-area retail store and, later, on the production side for brands Circanna and Nectar. But after serving as media coordinator for Bernie Sanders’ Washington state delegation, she found herself drawn to the work. She’s now running for state Senate, promising to be a friend to the legal cannabis industry.

“I don’t know of anyone who has run and has been open about it and has the background I have.”

She’s running as a Democrat in the state’s Sixth District, hoping to replace anti-cannabis Republican Mark Baumgartner, who recently vacated the seat. Her opponent is Republican state Rep. Jeff Holy, a former vice cop. The race is on state and national...

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