Fatal Seattle plane crash grounds Cannabis Cup headliners
An airline employee's deadly joyride caused grounded flights at Seattle's SeaTac Airport Friday night causing major changes to others. Caught in the middle were two artists that were supposed to perform in Wasilla on Saturday, organizers of the Cannabis Cup say.
According to investigators, 29-year-old Richard "Beebo" Russel died after he took off in a plane without permission and crashed on a remote island in the Puget Sound.
Because of that, many passengers' itineraries were affected, including rappers Method Man and Red Man who were supposed to headline the High Times Cannabis Cup concerts this weekend but didn't make it due to the disruption in flight schedules.
Instead, hip-hop group Arrested Development, along with local artists Tayy Tarantino and Cemoni the Goddess headlined Saturday night.
In addition, several Alaska marijuana retailers were on hand selling memorabilia, but not pot itself.
High Times Magazine is a large player in pot culture but says while it discourages using marijuana at the event, it does encourage education.
"You have the soccer mom, you have the baby boomer, you have the business professional who are really curious about the industry," said High Times Sales VP Mark Glover. "And I think what high times and the cannabis cup offers is mostly education, and I think that's a really positive thing for the future."
Several shops sponsored the event, which they hope will be back again next year. One retailer says it's not just about selling merchandise but about building the community.
"Connections. Making those connections. Getting the face to face connections, shaking hands, meeting people that are going to further their game, are going to change their life, are going to help them in some beneficial way," said Darby Andrews, Turnagain Herb Company edibles chef.
The first Cannabis Cup continues Sunday with a concert headlined by Thievery Corporation and Iration.
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