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Three-for-one conventions

BIG WILD LIFE: If you’re in downtown Anchorage on Saturday, May 14, stop by the Dena’ina Convention Center on 7th Street for a tour of the big wild world of cannabis and Democrats — mixed together.

The Hillary-crats and the pot-crats are having simultaneous conferences at the Dena’ina, and chances are, the customer prospects are great for the pot purveyors.

Well played, cannabis crowd.


Northwest Cannabis Classic is a traveling trade show targeting growers, producers, and curiosity seekers around Ecotopia. They say they’ll showcase Alaska’s strains, breeds, and byproducts. You’ll see booths for equipment sellers, pot farmers, home hobbyist growers and how to market pot. You’ll probably smell the free market at work.

Alaska Dispatch garden columnist Jeff Lowenfels is one of the local featured celebrities, because we have to take what we can get in Alaska, and the Doobie Brothers are on tour elsewhere.

Upstairs, the Alaska Democratic Party’s Convention will be hard at work developing new ways to tax you, your offspring, your dead relatives, and they’ll plot the defeat of oil companies once and for all.

You can get into the pot festival for a ticket, but to visit with the Democrats, either head upstairs to the meeting rooms on the third floor, where you’ll be turned away if you are not a credentialed delegate, or just hang out at the entrance to the pot trade show, where they will all eventually make their way.

After hours, the Bernie Sanders contingent of the Alaska Democratic Party is hosting a protest event over at the Egan Center, starting around 5 pm. The idea is, according to organizers, to have an alternative event to the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz show over at the Dena’ina. Anyone can join in the Feel-the-Bern event, no delegate badge required.

With all this going in downtown Anchorage, who needs the Coachella festival? It’s as if the Merry Prankster’s bus has arrived in Anchorage for the weekend.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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