SEATTLE -- The spokesman for a new Washington state medical marijuana organization is looking for work after being fired at his own inaugural press conference.
Philip Dawdy, a longtime figure in the state's marijuana reform community, had invited reporters to the law offices of Seattle lawyer Kurt Boehl for the kickoff of the new trade group, called Safe Access Alliance. The purpose was to discuss opposition among medical marijuana patients to Initiative 502, which would legalize marijuana for recreational use in Washington.
Members of the another group, the No on I-502 campaign, crashed the news conference and accused Safe Access Alliance of co-opting their message. Boehl is the president of Safe Access. He escorted the crashers to the door, took a few questions and then fired Dawdy, saying he had embarrassed the organization.
Boehl declined to comment on the firing afterwards.