Dancing Division marijuana leaf raises legal questions

Dancing Division marijuana leaf raises legal questions

SPOKANE, Wash. – If you drive down Division, you may have noticed someone spinning a sign and directing people toward a business North of Francis.

The sign twirler is advertising for Royal's Cannabis. People driving by the business contacted KREM 2 on Your Side because of his pot leaf costume.

The business and city leaders said there is nothing illegal about waving a sign pointing to their business.

Shaggy Tewsak stands outside for two hours a day with a red arrow that points to the shop on North Division.

"It's not too bad, two hours goes by quick, you've got people that are happy with it, you've got people that are mad about it, you know," said Tewsak.

He dances, cheers when drivers wave and wears a marijuana leaf and a crown.

"This is something you can enjoy, nobody enjoys taxes, so who enjoys taxes, so who enjoys dressing up like the tax liberty person you know," said Tewsak.

Tewsak said he moved to Spokane from Georgia just to be part of the recreational marijuana industry. He said becoming a dancing pot leaf was just a way to get his foot in the door.

"Shaggy came in like five times looking for work and we didn't have anything available at the time. So we thought 'How can we put his enthusiasm and energy to work for us,'" said Tewsak's manager, Perri Davenport.

Business owners said Tewsak is constantly bringing in new customers. They said they get at least six new customers every hour.

City leaders said having the dancing pot leaf in front of the store does not violate any local ordinances. They suggested the owner check with the liquor control board.


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