Olympia bar owner allowing customers to smoke pot

Olympia bar owner allowing customers to smoke pot

Published on 12/14/13

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Marijuana users who don’t want to smoke in their homes can head to Frankie’s.

The owner of Frankie’s Sports Bar and Grill in Olympia is letting customers smoke pot on the second floor of his business.

Frank Schnarrs thinks it will help bring new revenue to his business.

“Same as the state,” said Schnarrs.

Frankie’s already allows cigarette smoking upstairs.

Schnarrs battled the state to allow customers, who pay an annual fee, access to a closed-in area more than 25 feet from the entrances to his downstairs bar.

Members of the “Friends of Frankie” room pay $10 a year. Several were seen smoking marijuana Friday afternoon.

“I love Washington!” said Stephen Goodrum after taking a drag off his pipe.

“Free at last,” he said when asked about the changes to the law.

Olympia City Manager Steve Hall said the city is not sure what, if any, action will be taken against Frankie’s.

“The law is unclear,” said Hall, who said the city is looking into the matter.

Where's Weed