Mark D. Johnson 
Member since Feb 10, 2016

Recent Comments

Re: “Cannabis details hazy at best

"Unreal. Surreal. Under regimes of increased taxes to legitimate businesses, the black market will continue to flourish"

You might think so, but living through this situation south of the border, It hasn't happened. The black market has disappeared as far as weed goes. It's still there for meth, heroin, and cocaine.
The risk just isn't worth it, when anyone can go to a dispensary. And no, we haven't had an influx of stoners meandering down the sidewalk. Nothing to see here.

Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 07/15/2018 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Doobie doobie do...

When weed was legalized south of the border, I had half expected to see more overt public use, even though it is prohibited, like before. We are now a couple of years in, and the visions of people walking down the sidewalk toking on a joint have never materialized.

I think that people who are pre-disposed to partake in cannabis have already been doing so for years. It's not as though everyone said "Yay, now I can take up marijuana!. Maybe there are a few, but it's not evident. I admit, that my view is based solely on my own observations, and maybe studies have shown otherwise, but from what I've seen, there has been no cannabis apocalypse.

No "stoners" staggering down the street. No "skunky smell" coming from the alleys (unless it's from a real skunk, which we do have) Basically, it's been "nothing to see here. Move along."

With that being said, dispensaries have been popping up like mushrooms. I'm sure, in the case of RMOW, the number and location of dispensaries will be tightly controlled.

Also, a friendly reminder; even though cannabis is legal in Washington State, it is still illegal federally, and the US Customs and Border Patrol work for the federal government, not the state. To them, it is still highly illegal. Just wait to buy until after you cross the border. You won't have to go far.

Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 03/10/2018 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Can human judgment handle avalanches?

The avalanche at Stevens Pass (see Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, NYT 2012) Is really worth a read. A group of expert skiers where nobody wanted to speak up and be the buzzkill. Here is a link:…

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Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 11/17/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “WB announces 2017-18 pass pricing

I've been buying the edge card and skiing at Whistler three weeks each season for the last five years now. My partner is disabled, and staying in the village was a good value for us. The Crystal Lodge has been our Whistler home, and we have befriended many of the staff. We won't be back next season. As was probably expected, Vail is shooting themselves in the foot by alienating returning guests. Like any business, repeat customers provide the backbone to success. Vail has just told me how much they value my patronage. Mt. Bachelor is looking pretty good next year.

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Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 03/11/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Grizzly sightings up this year in the Sea to Sky

When I worked in the outdoor specialty retail industry, we had a joke. "What is the difference between Black Bear scat and Grizzly scat?.......Grizzly scat has bells in it and smells like pepper."

Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 11/11/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Electrical issue stalls Red Chair on Whistler Mountain

Jumping off a chairlift can cause injuries to more that just the jumper. If a chair is mid-span (between towers), the sudden lack of weight on the chair can cause it to spring upward, causing a wave along the drive line, which then can cause the line to de-rail from the tower "sheaves" (the wheels that the drive line rolls over). Such a de-railment can cause riders on other chairs to fall, resulting in further injuries to other riders. Same reason a rider is not supposed to bounce or swing the chair while riding it. The jumper then has a much bigger legal problem than just losing his/her pass. Deaths have resulted from chairlift de-railments in the past.

Posted by Mark D. Johnson on 02/10/2016 at 7:48 PM

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