Pin It
Favorite

Dividing Lines 

A dispensary squares off with a church

click to enlarge A downtown Spokane marijuana retailer isn't being welcomed with open arms by local anti-pot advocates. - LUCKYLEAF.CO
  • LuckyLeaf.co
  • A downtown Spokane marijuana retailer isn't being welcomed with open arms by local anti-pot advocates.

"Man made beer. God made pot. Who do you trust?" asks a poster that adorns the walls of Lucky Leaf Co., downtown Spokane's only licensed cannabis dispensary. Joking aside, the new business, which opened in March, is facing an ecclesiastical confrontation of its own.

"No, not here," read the signs of protestors from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, the seat of the Diocese of Spokane. Parishioners congregate on the sidewalk outside of Lucky Leaf, usually multiple times per week, to show their opposition to the store, says Shilo Morgan, who co-owns Lucky Leaf with her husband, David.

"I don't want any animosity," she says. "I come from a very Catholic family. My kids went to a Catholic school."

In May, representatives of Our Lady of Lourdes met with city leaders and lawmakers to express their displeasure with the new neighbor (Lucky Leaf is down the block and around the corner on First Avenue) and voice concerns regarding the legalization of cannabis downtown. Now they're doubling down.

Tim Coyle, a self-described "concerned citizen" affiliated with the church, says he recently co-authored a letter with Reverend Darrin Connall, the church's rector, to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board requesting an investigation into the marijuana shop's proximity to the Riverside-Cedar Parkway, a treed median that abuts the church. They argue that it is a public park, therefore an entity with a 1,000-foot buffer within which state-licensed marijuana retailers, like Lucky Leaf, cannot operate; Coyle says the Liquor and Cannabis Board has yet to respond.

"That thing could not be called a park," says a bemused Morgan. "It's right in the middle of the road."

Coyle is also pushing a proposed ordinance to amend Municipal Code and effectively ban commercial marijuana enterprises downtown. He calls it a "common sense issue" about "human dignity and the safety of people," particularly our city's youth.

If the motion survives legal scrutiny from the city's hearing examiner, the Spokane City Council will then decide whether or not to submit the measure to popular vote. Without council support, Coyle would have to secure 7,757 signatures to put a related initiative before the voters.

City Council President Ben Stuckart says that's unlikely. He suspects a connection between this petition and recent anti-immigrant and anti-"bikini barista" initiatives, "based on who testified about these issues before city council."

"They haven't had a lot of success in the past," he says. ♦

  • Pin It

Speaking of Marijuana, green Zone

Latest in Green Zone

  • Coming Changes
  • Coming Changes

    How to screen for drugs on the road and in federal workplaces
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Looking for a Leader
  • Looking for a Leader

    The cannabis inclinations of the presidential hopefuls
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • Record High
  • Record High

    Who's buying what in Washington state's exploding cannabis market
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 6

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Connor Dinnison

  • Coming Changes
  • Coming Changes

    How to screen for drugs on the road and in federal workplaces
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Looking for a Leader
  • Looking for a Leader

    The cannabis inclinations of the presidential hopefuls
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • Record High
  • Record High

    Who's buying what in Washington state's exploding cannabis market
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Murrow's Nightmare

    Debate moderators need to be much more than an onstage prop to make our democracy work
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


trail mix


Briefs


green zone


marijuana


Readers also liked…

  • Smokin' Deals
  • Smokin' Deals

    Local shops offer big 4/20 deals
    • Apr 14, 2016
  • Unparalleled Lines
  • Unparalleled Lines

    Researchers debunk "gateway drug" marijuana theory
    • May 6, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation