Andrew Blankstein and David Zahniser report for the LAT:
‘No reason for anyone to die over marijuana,’ mother of slain pot dispensary worker says
A medical marijuana dispensary employee killed Thursday during a robbery at the Echo Park store is the son of a well-known L.A. labor leader, Julie Butcher.
Matt Butcher’s mother described the killing as “totally senseless,” saying her son was simply trying to cobble together part-time jobs in a tough economy.
“He was one of the most peaceful people,” said Julie Butcher, who works as a regional director of the Service Employees International Union Local 721. “He would have given them anything they wanted. There’s no reason for anyone to die over marijuana.”
Butcher, 27, was one of two pot dispensary workers killed Thursday.
Freaking legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it.