New Marijuana Poster Boy
Legal Marijuana hits a landmark case in Seattle.
US Attorney General
Given the current differences between the Trump administration and Attorney
General Jeff Sessions, regarding the business of legal Marijuana, there is an interesting landmark case developing in Seattle.
In recent court proceedings it was discovered that Green Fire Marijuana located at 1956 1st Ave., rented space in a building that was funded through a federally backed Small Business Adm. loan (SBA).
Clearly in violation of federal laws banning any illegal business including distribution of Marijuana (SOP50 10 5 J.).
The Seattle case is the first high profile case of this nature and now a battleground for federal intervention and enforcement.
42 year old Rodney Lee Krafka, operator of Green Fire has faced other marijuana violations in the past including sale or service to a minor case #2H7021A, code 314.55.079 and allowing a minor to frequent a restricted area. Case #2H7021A, code (69.50.357 on 1-21-2018. On 1-19 2017 Krafka was charged with Failure to submit monthly tax reports and payments. Code 69.50. 357, case# 69.50.535. by Washington State's LCB.
Even more damaging were the statements made under oath by Krafka, which outline facts relating to the sale and distribution of Marijuana out of the building's back door to Teenage night club promoters.
Federal Bankruptcy court pleadings show that Krafka was running an illegal Class 1 drug dealing operation.
There is a possibility that under federal law, Green Fire owner Rodney Krafka may soon be indicted in Federal Court.
This case seems to be headed towards RICO territory... The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, referred to as RICO, a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization.
Under the racketeering act, Krafka's statements appear to be covered by the Statutes of Limitations (10 years).
The next hearing is scheduled in King County Superior Court, June 15th at 1pm before Judge Halpert.
Federal officials are claiming that Krafka's lease is in violation of federal law, pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act and therefore his lease at 1956 1stAv. So. Seattle, is against public policy.
Federal charges outlining Krafka's violations are pending.
120 Commercial Street
Ground On Interior
(SALEM, Ore.) - Cumberland Holdings,
LLC, the owners of the 120 Commercial
building, have officially commenced with
property renovations to improve the building
to be a dynamic, central part of downtown
On June 22, 2018, property owner Scott
Chernoff of Cumberland Holdings and representatives
from the Salem Chamber of
Commerce conducted a short ceremony to
break ground on the remodel. In attendance
were key members of the project team including
Jim Toporek of Studio 3 Architecture,
Rich Duncan of Duncan Construction
and Pam Rushing of Coldwell Banker Commercial
(the leasing agent for the property).
"The project is a renovation and conversion
to a multi-tenant building," said Chernoff.
"We will have some restaurants, possibly
a bar, and creative office spaces. There
will be substantial renovations, but the historic,
beautiful elements of the property will
The renovations will start the process of
adding two outdoor seating areas, a number
of large windows, a well-lit alley and multiple
entrances to the building.
The overall framework of the building will be
preserved, but it will receive a much- needed
"To see this come to fruition and to see the
new life that is going to be breathed in to both
of these projects is really exciting," said Natalie
Jasinski of the Salem Chamber of Commerce.
"I know that it is going to make everyone in our
town super stoked."
The 120 Commercial Street building was
originally constructed around 1870 as a stablehouse.
Over the years the building has been
leased by several restaurants. As construction
continues, the property will open for prospective
"To have people coming in and breathing new
life into the [buildings] helps the city's goal of
making [downtown] the center of Salem," said
City Council President, Steve McCoid. "We are
very, very thankful, Scott, for bringing this to
the city and for your vision."
About the Reed Opera House: The Reed Opera
House was Built in 1870 by Cyrus Adams Reed.
In its early days, the Reed was a popular location
for theatre, music, food and hotel lodgings. The
building has hosted a number of famous guests,
such as Mark Twain, Susan B. Anthony and
President Rutherford B. Hayes. www.ReedOperaHouse.com.
About 120 Commercial Street: The 120 Commercial
Street Building is thought to have been
constructed around the same time as the Reed
Opera House (1870). The first tenant to occupy
the two-story building was thought to be
Durbin's Livery, a stable yard. The entire building
is approximately 14,000 square feet.
About Cumberland Holdings: Cumberland
Holdings is a real estate investment and asset
management company that manages a number
of properties in Oregon and the Northwest. The
investment team includes Graham Chernoff and
Scott Chernoff, both of whom grew up in Northwest
Portland. They have a combined 45 years
of experience in acquiring and operating real
estate, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco
and Bend, Oregon.
About the Pennbrook Company: Located in Oregon,
the Pennbrook Company offers a full range
of services for property owners. Jodie Vaughn of
Salem will serve as the Reed Opera House's onsite
About Pam Rushing: Pam Rushing is a principal
broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial
Mountain West Real Estate and leasing broker
for 120 Commercial, Salem Oregon. Since 1982,
the professionals at Coldwell Banker Commercial
Mountain West Real Estate have provided
property owners with comprehensive commercial
real estate services. www.CBCRE.com
Free-loaders are a common part of life.
MARY LOUISE VANNATTA
TELLING YOUR STORY
Free-loaders are a common
part of life. They are
that "friend" who promises
to pitch in for gas, buy the
next round or contribute
in some way, but never
does. It's the person who
shows up at the potluck
but doesn't bring the casserole
made with mushroom
soup. These people
exist everywhere and can
present a major problem
to larger scale programs and organizations.
Their behavior is commonly referred to as
'free ridership.' Free ridership happens when
a person benefits from the hard work of other
people or groups without contributing (time,
money, etc.) themselves.
For example, most business associations
use member dues to support political lobbying
efforts. Since political lobbying benefits
everyone in an industry (members and nonmembers),
some businesses may choose to
not become members. This is an economically
rational response. After all, why would
anyone pay for something they can have for
free? The problem is that if every business
adopts this line of thinking, the association
would receive zero funding and could no
longer lobby. Therefore, even if free riding
benefits the individual in the short-term, everyone
suffers in the long-term.
Governments solve this problem by charging
fees and levying taxes. Requiring everyone
to pay a tax guarantees funding for items
like public roads, parks and safety.
Unions use a similar strategy. Through the
faireshare process, they require nonunion
members to pay fairshare dues to the union.
These organizations argue that since nonunion
members still benefit from collective
bargaining, contracts or grievance representation,
nonmembers should also contribute
to the union.
So, what can be done to solve this problem
for your business or membership organization?
After all, it will be quite the challenge to
encourage people to pay for something they
could have for free.
A more realistic solution is to offer more
exclusive benefits to paying members. These
benefits could include discounts, information,
networking opportunities or training.
For example, AARP or NFIB both provide
advocacy that benefits everyone they represent.
They provide members with news
updates, travel deals, insurance and retail
discounts. Since these benefits can only be
received by members, nonmembers may be
incentivized to join.
Ignoring the free riding members within
your organization (i.e., members who pay
dues but don't really contribute) is not only
costly but can discourage strong contributors.
Show the team how active contributors
are valued. If appropriate, managers could
also meet with inactive team members to
discover why they might be disengaged.
By recognizing and acting to reduce free
riding, managers and association leaders
can achieve their goals. Remember, if no one
brings a dish to the potluck, you go hungry
Mary Louise VanNatta, APR, CAE is the CEO of VanNatta Public Relations a PR, Event Planning
and Strategic Communications firm located in Salem, Oregon. PRSalem.com, @PRSalem.