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Knowing the negative views that sometimes accompany the marijuana business, when Stratton applied for the City Council seat left vacant by Steve Salvatori, she wanted to make sure there were no secrets. Knowing the negative views that sometimes accompany the marijuana business, when Stratton applied for the City Council seat left vacant by Steve Salvatori, she wanted to make sure there were no secrets.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

"I know that people are going to judge me either way, they're going to agree with me or disagree with me, and I'm OK with that," says City Council member Karen Stratton, who has received some negative feedback after news of her marijuana growing business went public.

"I've been honest about it, I've been very open, and I'm not hiding behind it," says Stratton.

Stratton says it was the medical aspects of marijuana that interested her in the business, and earlier this summer, she and her husband, began farming 7,000 square feet on an outdoor grow park in the Spangle area.

"I'd never even seen a pot leaf before," says Stratton.

Knowing the negative views that sometimes accompany the marijuana business, when Stratton applied for the City Council seat left vacant by Steve Salvatori, she wanted to make sure there were no secrets.

"Before I made the application I sat down with city council members, I sat down with legal, city legal staff to make sure, because the last thing I wanted was to put anybody in a bad spot," says Stratton.

According to Stratton, reception by a majority of City Council members was positive, "I felt very supported by my friends and family in City Hall."

And she feels comfortable that this controversial, yet legal business, won't hurt her chances when she runs to keep her seat in office next year.

"I can only be who I am, I can only run on things that I believe in, and one of those that I believe is being honest and forthcoming," says Stratton.

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