Legal weed took center stage at the Bing Crosby Theater downtown on Wednesday night. Three experts hosted by The Inlander made the trip to answer questions from the public about the opportunities and hurdles ahead.
Matt Cohen, the pioneer of medical marijuana farms called Washington 'ground zero.' Cohen was a consultant for the state with drafting regulations for Initiative 502.
"I like the law in Washington over any other law in any other state or country so far," Cohen said.
Cohen graced headlines in 2011 when federal agents raided his Northern California medical marijuana grow operation, despite actively working with local and state law enforcement to comply with regulations. His hope is that Washington will be positive role model for other states to follow.
"I think the market is going to have an ability to thrive," Cohen said. "It's going to be regulated very tightly, there's going to be a lot of tax revenue. I think it's going to be a successful program."