In an effort, perhaps, to remind people that common stereotypes are still sometimes accurate, a group of medical-marijuana activists in Grandview recently ran into trouble when they forgot about important stuff.
Namely, the correct documents needed in order to have a medical-marijuana expo.
The Yakima Heraldreports that what would have been a first-of-its-kind event was cancelled when a sheriff's deputy showed up hours before the expo to tell the organizers that they needed to have arranged an inspection long beforehand.
The event's organizer said a Yakima County sheriff's deputy arrived at the planned site on Robinson Road on the outskirts of this quiet rural community early Saturday and told him that his paperwork hadn't been approved by the county fire marshal because there hadn't been a scheduled on-site inspection.
"We thought we did everything by the book," organizer William Smith said. "No one told us before today that we needed an on-site inspection."
The sheriff's office had apparently notified the DEA of the event, and the agency had been more than happy "to support any action they cared to take"--translation: Feel free to arrest the hell out of whoever shows up.
So the fact that the sheriff's office showed up ahead of time and said the group's paperwork wasn't in order might have actually been a good thing for the patients.
And while the larger expo was canned, some members of the group still did meet at an organizer's house for a barbecue and "large mason jars of sticky marijuana buds covered in tiny crystals of THC."
Which brings us to another common stereotype that's often true: Marijuana smokers' uncanny ability to make the best out of a disappointing development.