‘THE POSTER CHILD FOR ANTI-CANNIBAS’
Angel Swanson was raised on the South Side of Chicago by a mother who warned: “If you see drugs, run. ”Decades later, the businesswoman and real estate agent found herself in Washington state with a husband, seven children and a strong bias against illegal drugs _ “the poster child for anti-cannabis,” she says. That is, until one of her daughters, who had serious digestive issues and had never weighed more than 100 pounds, came home from college one day and ate a full plate of food. The girl had tried pot-laced cookies, which stimulated her appetite. Swanson lost it. “Do you have any idea the sacrifices that have been made for you to go to college?” she remembers saying. Swanson, 52, did some research and couldn’t find a reason for her daughter not to use weed. She and her husband opened a medical marijuana dispensary, The Cannabis Emporium, near Tacoma. They now want to sell recreational pot, but hope to continue to serve patients _ a challenge, since stores will be barred from trumpeting pot’s therapeutic benefits.