On the last Wednesday of October, 11 staffers at Dope, the Seattle magazine founded by David Tran — a mainstay throughout the Northwest — received lay-off notices instead of Halloween treats. Some have accepted jobs in L.A. with High Times.
- The legacy brand bought DOPE in an all-stock deal last year.
- “As we move the combined company forward, we made a strategic decision to shut down the Seattle office and consolidate all content creation out of our Los Angeles headquarters,” said High Times CEO Kraig Fox. Reportedly, three of the 11 people fired have taken L.A. gigs with the publication.