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Seattle stoners

At Main Street Marijuana in Vancouver, Wash., a customer buys marijuana on the first day of sales at the store, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The southwest Washington city is just a 10-mile drive from downtown Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakmura)

Have you ever noticed how important altitude is to the state of Washington?

I mean, just look at Mount Rainier at 14,410 feet. There's a 605-foot Space Needle right in the middle of Seattle. And, who sits way atop the National Football League: the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

But you know what's higher than anything up there? The whole state of Washington!

As of Wednesday, wacky weed is legal in Washington -- and you don't even have to fake a headache. They're starting out with just 25 proprietors and a limited supply of silly spinach, but what progress.

Yes, now there are two -- count them -- two states allowed to sell marijuana to people who want to use it (for fun). Alcohol prohibition took a while to undo once the government recognized the absolute futility of it.

At this pace, the other 48 states will probably fall in line in a couple of years. Because it's right? No, because it's remarkably lucrative. Remember, a long time ago, Frank Sinatra sang about it ... "Dooby dooby do."

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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