And when I say that, I'm not talking about Washington D.C., the city and the politicians, who are circling their way down the toilet to the lower reaches of purgatory.
No, I'm talking about the state of Washington, which is literally going to pot.
My Mom lives in the great Pacific Northwest, in the beautiful state of Washington. We try to visit her often, but packing up four kids for a several hundred mile road trip isn't easy, so it had been three years since we had been up to visit her.
A lot has changed in those three years.
I first noticed it as we were leaving Mom's house to go check into our motel. There, right next to the Auto Zone, I saw something that made me do a bit of a double take. I took another look, and sure enough there it was: a pot shop! (And not just any pot shop. This was a pot shop called "Pot Shop.")
|No, they don't also sell pans.|
|The Legal SuperStore! (Hmm...do you really want to get legal advice from someone in a marijuana superstore?)|
|The one pot shop, "Canna Zone," tried to be clever with their name. The other, nope. They're just "Pot."|
|Plenty of parking at the Canna Zone!|
|Nothing says "classy" like boarded up windows outlined with St. Patrick's Day lights!|
So, I made it past all of the pot shops to our motel. But, there was still some pot waiting for me. No, Cheech and Chong weren't sitting by the pool. However, in the big display case full of travel brochures that is in the lobby of every motel, I found this pamphlet:
|Do I really need a map, or can I just use Siri?|
I did learn a few things from the handy "dos and dont's" section of the brochure. Such as:
Do: Purchase Cannabis in a legal pot shop.
Don't: Consume Cannabis and drive.
Don't: Light up right in front of a police officer.
|Did you know they are considering changing the name of the Space Needle to the "Spaced Needle?"|
(I'm sorry. That's a really bad joke. Please accept my apologies.)
I'm curious to see what Washington will look like the next time we visit. My guess is that at least half of these pot shops will be out of business. It's new and exciting, so everyone is opening shops, but as things settle down, only the people who really know how to run a business will stay in business.
But, I could be wrong. There might be even more pot shops the next time I visit. After all, they do call Washington the "Evergreen State."