Protest at Second Seattle Retail Cannabis Store

Not everyone in Washington State is happy about recreational marijuana.

The second legal rec shop in Seattle saw roughly 200 protesters gather outside its doors on Sunday, chanting “Shut it down!” as a pastor with a bullhorn led parishioners in an anti-marijuana rally.

The store, Uncle Ike’s, is located next door to the Mt. Calvary Christian Center, and its members are upset that the shop is so close.

Pastor Reggie Witherspoon told the crowd that the center would work in concert with the state Legislature to change the law. Some at the protest also called for a constant rally every weekday from noon to 5 p.m. until Ike’s either closes or moves.

“We have to be doing all the legal things we have to do. We’re not stopping here,” Witherspoon said, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell said he’s looking into how Ike’s was allowed to open so close to a church.

The protest seemed to have a short-term impact on business, as customer traffic slowed to a crawl. But customers reportedly returned shortly after the protestors disbursed.

12 comments on “Protest at Second Seattle Retail Cannabis Store
  1. Nate on

    i wonder what the closest proximity street sale of cannabis, pharmaceuticals, or other drugs was to their church business. in all likelihood, it wasn’t far.

    so, if you think about it, this is more about knowing that cannabis is sold regularly, but they don’t want to see it – meaning they support street drug dealing.

    sounds like Pastor Witherspoon may be an incarnation of the antichrist

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  2. Dee on

    All cannabis users should protest the church every Sunday. Get about 10000 people out there every Sunday see how long they keep up with their 200 people. Just go worship your idol in your place and let others do their own thing. No one is going to bother you holy rollers.

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  3. Bill Hancock on

    So called people of God protesting to deny sick people their medication.Ironic or what? Sort of reminds me of the Salem witch trials.Some one should protest this sicko pastor and his misled flock of evil christian phonies.

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  4. Denny on

    This isn’t surprising given the closed mindedness of the majority of ultra-religious zealots. It would take some effort on their part, and a few moments with an open mind, to actually educate themselves about the efficacy of medicinal cannabis.
    Patients that have suffered the horrendous side effects of prescription pain medications would be a worthwhile source of legitimate information for the reverend.
    But odds are he’ll find it much easier to carry a sign and mock those who successfully use medicinal cannabis to control their pain and medical conditions without the side effects of prescription medications.

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  5. albert einstein on

    These holyrollers are all ignorant.Marijuana is a natural plant from GOD,WHAT WOULD THEY DO IF THEIR CHILD HAD SEIZURES AND THE ONLY AILMENT WAS A MARIJUANA DERIVATIVE?JUDGE NOT,LEST YE BE JUDGED,IN OTHER WORDS,MIND YOUR OWN DAMN BUSINESS AND LET PEOPLE BE FREE TO CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES…

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  6. David R. on

    In researching a dispensary location, the owners of Uncle Ikes cannot have been unaware of a “Christian Center” (technically not quite a church?) next door. (I’d be willing to bet it’s Mt. Calvary, not Mt. Cavalry.) The normal thing is to try to build good relations with the neighbors before opening. What happened there is the part of the story we don’t have, but these protests are unlikely to have been a surprise. Likewise I don’t see how they could open there if there were regulations preventing their doing so. Cannabis users being mighty independent-minded lot, I’m surprised they’d be scared off by protesters.

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  7. joseph falco on

    Headline:
    Cannabilistic* Wine & Death Cult seeks closure of herbal medicine shop providing ill people relief from pain

    (*communion ritual: this is my body, this my blood….)

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  8. Ora Thornton on

    It is unfortunate, but I have seen too many church people fail their community to give any credance to this pastor. Are there any hungry children in his community or is that problem solved

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  9. Reverend Ryan on

    Light into those “Christians”: start with Genesis 1:29, 3:18. Exodus 30:23 and then Revelations 22:2. How dare they disparage the work of God and their holy books teaching kaneh bosm~ the Holy Anointing Oil and the Tree of Life.

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  10. Gordon on

    I am still surprised, for some reason, when I see such a stunning level of blatant old fashioned ignorance on display. As prescription drugs and booze destroy countless lives, these idiots protest pot stores. The complete lack of awareness from these wanna be do gooders about reality here in the real world on earth is scary.

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