I was cooking a late breakfast in my pajamas on Saturday morning when I received a message from Jessica Jordan, a gal I met through MJBA, asking if I might join her in a day tour of cannabis retail shops in Washington.
Jessica is about to start building her own retail cannabis shop in Everrett, WA called Mari J’s Highway Pot Shop and was taking the day to see how other retail shops are operating and designed. I have to say there are not too many people I would be into doing this with, but she apparently is one of them. I turned off the stove, threw on some clothes, declared it a hat day, and flew out the door for another cannabis adventure.
We met in Federal Way and drove 90 minutes to Olympia where we managed to see not only a retail shop but also a medical cannabis farmer’s market. In all, we ended up visiting 5 retail shops before calling it a day.
Every shop was very different and in the days since people have asked me about prices and brands and what was available. The stores pretty much all carry similar stuff but they all do not deliver the same experience. Not all of the customer service was bad, but for the most part it was severely lacking in every single store. Atmosphere was also something to be desired. Only one store had music and while the store itself was nothing special, it did make a noticeable difference.
I didn’t really pay too much attention to the prices because they seemed to be all over the map. I did notice that the average joint seemed to be about $10-$12 and looking at packaged weed did nothing for me. There wasn’t much for edibles in most stores beside’s Zoots, which is everywhere. I didn’t find anything interesting to buy until we got to the medical cannabis farmers market, Washington’s Farmer’s Market. There, I found cannabis infused bath salts, an edible, oil pulling swish, and suppositories. None of those products exist in the retail marketplace.
I’m curious to see how many of the pot shops are still operating in a year, 2 years, five years. I’m even more curious to see how medical cannabis is in a year from now in Washington.
Thank you to Jessica Jordan for a delightful day! I can’t wait to see her store once it opens.