New Wash. marijuana group disbanding

New Wash. marijuana group disbanding

SEATTLE (AP) - A new Washington state marijuana industry organization is disbanding, a day after its press secretary was fired at the group's inaugural press conference.

Seattle lawyer and Safe Access Alliance president Kurt Boehl (BALE') said Wednesday the group will dissolve. Boehl said he formed the trade industry organization because he thought there was a need to help marijuana-related businesses in the state, but he and the rest of the board of directors decided it was best to call it quits after the firing spectacle.

Group spokesman Philip Dawdy held the news conference to discuss opposition to the marijuana legalization ballot measure going before voters this fall, Initiative 502. But Boehl said that wasn't the message he wanted to convey, and he fired Dawdy as the news conference ended.

Boehl says he wishes Dawdy the best in his efforts to oppose I-502.

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