I just got back from Seattle, where I spent a couple of days digging the Washington weed vibe. It’s welcoming and makes cannabis businesses more approachable and weed products easily accessible to the community.
I’ve been yearning to visit another state that’s legalized recreational marijuana. I wanted to see how the California experience adds up and Washington was a good place to compare. I was curious because the marijuana law in Washington state seems more conservative than here in California.
Weed dispensaries occupy prime real estate
The first thing I noticed about the weed dispensary scene in Seattle is that the dispensaries seem to be zoned the same as the rest of the neighborhood. They’re not relegated to out of the way, business industrial areas of the city, like what we’re used to here in San Diego. Instead, they occupy prime real estate next to Starbuck’s, diners, and other popular retail. They are very conveniently located like a CVS would be.
Another notable difference is that the vibe of the dispensary is kind of like the vibe of a well-run convenience store. There was no security presence, maybe there was a camera, but there wasn’t an armed guard. I visited Uncle Ike’s in Capitol Hill and the experience was top level. The store is loaded with more product than I’ve ever seen in one place. It literally carpets the walls and counters. Normally this would have overwhelmed me, but not this time because the budtender was a flippin’ weed wizard.
I said to him, “Do you know the Raw Garden brand?” He says “Ya” “Well, I want a live resin cart on the level of Raw Garden.” Dude walks over to the wall of weed, shuffles through a million carts, then walks back and puts four different products in front of me. He nailed it in less than a minute, all four looked great.
I ended up settling on a live resin cart by a company called Avitas. The Quantum Kush hybrid has a really nice floral essence that has been retained during the extraction process. It provides a light body high that can pass for daytime weed. Avitas definitely stacks up to my favorite California brands. Have I mentioned that the Washington prices are great?!
Washington is further along
As my Seattle weed dispensary experience was coming to an end, I noticed a huge bin for cannabis package recycling near the entrance. That’s when it occurred to me, Washington is further along in the life cycle of legal marijuana than we are. That’s why the dispensary is like a 7/11 and the budtender is like a weed professor and duh…..a real recycling program is just normal. It’s evolution. We’ll get there, and we’ll be better off because we can legally grow our own weed here in California, which is something that can earn you a jail sentence in Washington.