State goes to pot
At 8:03 a.m., while many people were drudging through today's commute, Cale Holdsworth made history: He is the first person to legally buy recreational marijuana in Washington state, according to the Bellingham Herald. Flanked by reporters snapping photos, Holdsworth said it was a “momentous occasion” as he forked over $26.50 to buy two grams of pot from Top Shelf in Bellingham. Stoners in Seattle joined the 420 fun at noon today as the city’s first and so far only pot shop, Cannabis City, opened its doors. (Crosscut’s Emily Wooldridge will have a full report on the grand opening later.)
The mood was less celebratory in other cities, however: One Tacoma pot shop struggled to get supplies in time for Tuesday, and another shop had its doors shuttered for unclear reasons, The News Tribune reports. In Lynnwood, a disgruntled “ganjapreneur" Pete O’Neil is filing a lawsuit against the state Liquor Control Board after it failed to grant his business a license for selling pot. And on Monday, the City of Othello scrambled to extend a ban on marijuana sales, and the city council in Pasco voted to draft an ordinance for their own ban. — M.L.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who campaigned for marijuana legalization, celebrates with a purchase. City Attorney's office
River cleared of Boeing 737 fuselages
4:05 p.m. Crews extracted the last derailed Boeing airplane fuselage from the banks of a Montana river Tuesday afternoon, according to The Missoulian newspaper. Three 20-ton fuselages smashed into Clark Fork River on Friday, after being dislodged from a train transporting parts from Kansas to Washington state. The wreck derailed 19 train cars in total, including six cars carrying fuselages. The train cars weren't the only thing being derailed: Boeing is still assessing how the break in its supply chain will impact the production of its 737 planes. The company doesn’t have any clear replacement parts for the fuselages, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. -- M.L.
Speaking of airplanes, Gov. Jay Inslee is heading off to the big Farnborough Air Show in Britain to talk up the state’s aerospace advantages. Apparently to help with his efforts, the state Department of Commerce posted this simplistic video about the state's history in airplanes and aerospace on YouTube. A press release called the video “high energy.” Huh? The best hope of keeping a viewer from falling asleep is the fact that it's only 90 seconds long. —J.C.
Mad cow dragnet
An Angus cow ran amok Friday in Mount Vernon, slipping police dragnets, flirting with crashing a wedding, ramming a cop and skittering across the hood of a police car. With the critter showing no signs giving up its new-found freedom, a cop shot and kill the cow, according to the Skagit Valley Herald.
The cow had escaped from a farm just outside of Mount Vernon before showing up in a Wal-Mart parking lot, where it eluded city cops and sheriff's deputies' first attempts to capture it. The cow "acted aggressively" toward the cops, who successfully kept it away from a nearby wedding. Again the critter eluded the cops, who caught up with it a few blocks away. The Herald reported:
The cow charged an officer, throwing him into the air and knocking him to the ground. He was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital for observation and was released without major injury, although a bit of soreness. ... The cow was able to escape again by jumping on the hood of a patrol car, running across it and getting back to the ground, where it continued to head south.
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