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WA: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill Welcomes Marijuana Smokers

Posted on 12/20/2012 5:43:54 AM PST by Wolfie

WA: Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill Welcomes Marijuana Smokers

Washington state recently passed a ballot initiative that permits marijuana smokers the ability to smoke the drug in their homes legally. Frank Schnarr, the owner of Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Olympia, said that pot smokers can smoke in his establishment, according to Reuters.

“I stay up at night,” he said. “I’m about to lose my business. So I’ve got to figure out some way to get people in here.”

No one knows for sure if Schnarr is breaking the law by allowing his patrons to smoke marijuana at his establishment.

“Marijuana remains illegal under federal law,” said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. “I can’t tell you whether what he’s doing is legal or not.”

The city attorney for Olympia, Tom Morrill, said, “We’re looking into it. There are a lot of changes in state law right now. That’s all I can say.”

A spokesperson for the Liquor Control Board, Mikhail Carpenter, did not offer much more insight into the issue either. The Liquor Control Board has been tasked with making rules for the cultivation, processing and sale of the drug.

“The board is weighing its options with regard to Frankie’s,” he said. “It’s not perfectly crystal clear as to who this falls to.”

Schnarr was able to get around the state’s public smoking ban by renaming the second floor of his establishment as “Friends of Frankie’s” and charges those who wish to use the private room $10 per year. The private room has a staff of bartenders and is stocked with alcoholic beverages. There are also cocktail waitresses in the private room, all of whom are volunteers who are reimbursed for childcare and travel expenses. They are paid via tips.

“Frank’s ahead of the curve on (allowing marijuana use),” says Shawn Newman, Schnarr’s attorney. “A lot of other taverns, bars and restaurants would like to do this, but they didn’t have enough chutzpah to fight the smoking ban so they’re locked into non-smoking operations.”

According to Schnarr, there are over 10,000 members of the private room and 40 have joined since he announced that marijuana is welcome at the site.

“I’ll have security in here, and if I see a bunch of guys just trying to get ripped, they’re gone,” he said.

One of the patrons, Chris Sapp, has been a member of Frankie’s for quite some time now.

“If I wasn’t a friend of Frankie’s already I’d be one now because you can come here and smoke and feel free,” he said. “That’s how it should be. We shouldn’t have to hide weed.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cannabis; drugs; drugwar; marijuana; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd

1 posted on 12/20/2012 5:44:00 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

However,if you pull out a regular cigarette,you will be shot!


2 posted on 12/20/2012 5:49:15 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Wolfie

Guy probably won’t be open long..... They will find some way to close the place. Still I bet I could open up a small concession booth in the parking lot and make a Million selling Candy and doritos ect...LOL


3 posted on 12/20/2012 5:49:24 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: Wolfie

Oh great, go to a bar, get drunk AND stoned then drive a car.


4 posted on 12/20/2012 5:50:56 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You can't bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: Wolfie

So you go into the sports bar not knowing there is maryjane in the air, get a surprise pee test at work the next day, and there’s unemployment in your future. A dishonorable discharge if you were military? Sweet.


5 posted on 12/20/2012 5:55:52 AM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: Wolfie

Decadence on parade. Frankie and his friends are the reason Obama is President. Boeing knew what it was doing when they abandoned Seattle. Would you want Frankie and his friends building aircraft?


6 posted on 12/20/2012 5:57:15 AM PST by allendale
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To: NonValueAdded

Haven’t you heard? Second hand pot smoke is magical and doesn’t have any impact on those around it unlike those filthy cigarettes. /s


7 posted on 12/20/2012 5:58:42 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: NonValueAdded; cripplecreek

Frankie’s fought the state smoking ban a few years back and established a private members only room for smokers, so everybody can avoid smoke of any kind by simply not joining the smoker’s club and staying out of the smoking room.


8 posted on 12/20/2012 6:02:30 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Dr. Ursus

See above, it’s not that hard of a concept. Tobacco and marijuana are treated the same under the State’s public smoking ban. The bar owner fought that battle already and won.


9 posted on 12/20/2012 6:05:39 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Dr. Ursus

WA state has a law against smoking in bars, restaurants, etc. I don’t know how he can allow this with that ban in place. It is still “smoking”.


10 posted on 12/20/2012 6:06:11 AM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz; Hemingway's Ghost

So drunk only behind the wheel is ok? Hoo-kay!


11 posted on 12/20/2012 6:07:19 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

While I do not advocate smoking pot or engaging in any gluttony or deadly sin for that matter, I abhore a tyrannical government and have to applaud this man for having the guts to challenge the “law”.


12 posted on 12/20/2012 6:07:19 AM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: RetiredArmy

Apparently he has a separate space for smoking which is nice for a few but most bar owners remain screwed because they can’t afford a separate space.

Its why casinos in Michigan lobbied for the smoking ban here. They knew the little neighborhood bars and pubs couldn’t afford the extra space and they could.


13 posted on 12/20/2012 6:13:39 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dr. Ursus
However,if you pull out a regular cigarette,you will be shot!

Bingo! Thanks for nailing it. The Left and their Cafeteria Libertarianism is gonna make my head explode.


14 posted on 12/20/2012 6:14:41 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Wrongo! Washington State’s public smoking ban applies to public smoking of any kind.


15 posted on 12/20/2012 6:16:22 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: RetiredArmy
Schnarr was able to get around the state’s public smoking ban by renaming the second floor of his establishment as “Friends of Frankie’s” and charges those who wish to use the private room $10 per year. The private room has a staff of bartenders and is stocked with alcoholic beverages. There are also cocktail waitresses in the private room, all of whom are volunteers who are reimbursed for childcare and travel expenses. They are paid via tips.

“Frank’s ahead of the curve on (allowing marijuana use),” says Shawn Newman, Schnarr’s attorney. “A lot of other taverns, bars and restaurants would like to do this, but they didn’t have enough chutzpah to fight the smoking ban so they’re locked into non-smoking operations.”

16 posted on 12/20/2012 6:18:17 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie
No one knows for sure if Schnarr is breaking the law by allowing his patrons to smoke marijuana at his establishment.

As long as there is no tobacco content he should be OK.

17 posted on 12/20/2012 6:25:47 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Through the woods and over the cliff ....)
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To: Wolfie

“So drunk only behind the wheel is ok? Hoo-kay!”

No, it isn’t hoo-kay. Drunk behind the wheel is bad enough. Now you add the stoned component to it. Doesn’t help things.


18 posted on 12/20/2012 6:56:50 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (You can't bring something to its knees that refuses to stand on its own)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Someone needs to open a Subway on one side for munchies and a coffee shop on the other for the police to sit in comfort while they wait for the stoned drivers to leave.


19 posted on 12/20/2012 7:02:29 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Mike Darancette
As long as there is no tobacco content he should be OK.

Why is that?

20 posted on 12/20/2012 7:06:03 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: allendale
Would you want Frankie and his friends building aircraft?

I don't want drunks building aircraft - what should we do to deter that?

21 posted on 12/20/2012 7:14:45 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

‘Cept it’s not true. He already established a “private” smokers club to get around the smoking ban. This just allows them to smioke marijuana as well as tobacco in the private club.


22 posted on 12/20/2012 7:15:13 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Wolfie
No one knows for sure if Schnarr is breaking the law by allowing his patrons to smoke marijuana at his establishment.

“Marijuana remains illegal under federal law,” said Emily Langlie, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. “I can’t tell you whether what he’s doing is legal or not.”

Since when do business owners have a positive obligation to ensure that their patrons comply with federal laws?

23 posted on 12/20/2012 7:17:06 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Cigarette smoking is allowed on the 2nd floor


24 posted on 12/20/2012 7:19:11 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

...or just call a cab or designated driver


25 posted on 12/20/2012 7:20:14 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: NonValueAdded

I bet when you pay your $10/yr, they either tell you, or point to a sign that tells you.


26 posted on 12/20/2012 7:21:29 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Wolfie

Huzzah for capitalism!


27 posted on 12/20/2012 7:41:28 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Wolfie
So drunk only behind the wheel is ok? Hoo-kay!

!!!!!

The stoner's the guy in the right hand lane doing 15 MPH below the speed limit, jamming out to Foghat on the radio.

28 posted on 12/20/2012 7:46:32 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
No, it isn’t hoo-kay. Drunk behind the wheel is bad enough. Now you add the stoned component to it. Doesn’t help things.

Maybe some enterprising person should set up a cab stand right outside o' Frankie's "joint."

Capitalism solves yet another of society's most awful problems.

29 posted on 12/20/2012 7:49:33 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Dr. Ursus
Bingo! Thanks for nailing it. The Left and their Cafeteria Libertarianism is gonna make my head explode.

Of course, it's not really bingo if you read the actual story.

30 posted on 12/20/2012 7:50:51 AM PST by SwankyC
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To: Wolfie

I suffer from Pernicious Dandruff and Toastaphobia. The only relief I get is after I smoke a pipe of choom. Now, there will be a place in Washington where I can go to escape the intolerable pain I suffer as my scalp dies and falls off. And while many see toast as merely heat-hardened bread, those of us suffering from the horrors of Toastaphobia recoil in terror at the sight of slices of whole wheat thrusting forth from that most cruel of all appliances, the toaster. If it wasn’t for the courage producing effects of choom, I would spend my waking hours trembling at the white flakes on my shoulders and the fear-inducing smell of cooking bread. Choom allows me to face a world engulfed in flecks of dead scalp and heated bread. Some may use choom to escape reality, but, to me, it allows the freedom to purchase Head And Shoulders shampoo and sit in a Denny’s without cowering under a table.


31 posted on 12/20/2012 7:52:31 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Have you tried the rum cure?


32 posted on 12/20/2012 9:22:27 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Wolfie

Sooo—IF second hand smoke is bothersome to workers in a bar, how come second hand MARIJUANA smoke isn’t harmful?

Is everyone going to leave that bar at closing time high???


33 posted on 12/20/2012 11:48:49 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Wolfie
This just chaps the hide off our resident prohibitionists.
34 posted on 12/20/2012 11:54:43 AM PST by Ken H
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To: ridesthemiles

Probably, that’s why lots of people go to bars. This way, you could make 1 beer last all nite by just hanging around the pot smokers and inhaling. Besides, I bet 6 beers gets you higher than 2nd hand pot smoke.


35 posted on 12/20/2012 11:55:11 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr
I bet 6 beers gets you higher than 2nd hand pot smoke.

I bet one beer does (unless you're right next to a burning pile of confiscated pot).

36 posted on 12/20/2012 12:02:19 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: JustSayNoToNannies

I hope more establishments like Frankies start popping up. That way, after a few years or so, we’ll actually have data on the effects of legalisation instead of people just saying it’s evil or it’s ok.


37 posted on 12/20/2012 12:06:09 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: ridesthemiles

Read the article, the smoking (tobacco and marijuana) law vis-a-vis Frankie’s and the employees, and how the owner bucked the State law banning public smoking, is explained in detail.


38 posted on 12/20/2012 2:11:04 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Ken H
This just chaps the hide off our resident prohibitionists.

It's a beautiful thing, isn't it?

39 posted on 12/20/2012 2:12:40 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

There’s no combustion in vaporizing.


40 posted on 12/20/2012 3:11:18 PM PST by IDFbunny
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