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Saying Goodbye To Medical Cannabis In Washington State

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MMJ Universe Cannabis Farmer’s Market in Black Diamond Washington

There are less than two weeks left before new medical cannabis regulations go into effect in Washington State. For those of us who get our cannabis medicine from the current system that patients have been using since the 90’s, this is a big change nobody is looking forward to.

As I was driving out to MMJ Universe in Black Diamond this past Saturday I found tears streaming down my face thinking about this being one of the last times I would be making that sweet drive in the country to spend time shopping for cannabis in an open market environment.

I’ve been feeling a touch reminiscent about my times out at that specific market where I have met hundreds of patients and growers. Through regular market visits and attending events held there I have been able to plug in with the cannabis community.

I started going there before the adult use of cannabis was legalized in Washington State and I have been able to observe an evolution that the market has taken not only with how beautiful the grounds have become but also to how the market itself has changed over the years.

When I first started attending the market almost every table had a bong or pipe set up so you could sample their products right there. When you walked in the doors it was often a little cloudy and everybody was relaxed with their with cannabis. This was a unique shopping experience, very new to me, and very refreshing to be around. Eventually the smoking was moved outside and while that mildly changed the experience, the freedom felt and education given to patients at the market continued.

When I talked to Diedre, the owner of MMJ Universe, she said she is planning a big celebration on the 30th of June with music and vending to shed some happiness despite how sad so many of us are to be losing our beloved market.

I have much to celebrate from the gains that I have received from that market and even as the tears again roll down my face thinking that it is closing all I can do is thank Diedre and everybody involved in keeping the market going for so long and for focusing on positives and solutions at the end of this medical cannabis era.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Washington’s Medical Cannabis Farmer’s Markets Remain Open, For Now

With recent changes to the medical cannabis laws in Washington the future of medical cannabis farmer’s markets are looking bleak and uncertain.

One market, MMJ Universe in Black Diamond, announced this week that after years of providing a safe access point for thousands of medical cannabis patients they would be shutting down by August 8th. This announcement came shortly after a press conference by the King County Sheriff that said all medical cannabis dispensaries will need to shut their doors if they are not part of the regulated system that Washington has created for recreational use.

When I arrived at the MMJ Universe market on Saturday, I was pleasantly greeted with a sign that said, “We are staying open.” Apparently, they have been advised that they will be able to remain operating until at least October and possibly beyond.

Most of the cannabis vendors that I talked to there were relieved to hear this news but still very apprehensive to feel optimistic because of how the new laws are requiring a major cutback in what they are able to provide for themselves and other patients.

As a patient who frequents these cannabis markets, I would love to see these special places continue to operate in the state. They provide an important and safe place where people can access affordable medicine, learn about many different strains, how to use them, and regularly come together as part of a larger cannabis community.

To check out my video at MMJ Universe on Marijuana Channel One, click here:

Cannabis Cacao Coconut Mint Bars

These mint bars taste delicious and came out just right, potency wise. However, at room temperature the bars get a little crumbly. Fortunately, I figured out a fix for this.

First, I have been storing them in the freezer. Right out of the freezer they are great. At room temperature I have been putting them on top of sliced fruit and letting the crumbly nature work in your favor as you eat it with a spoon.

Cannabis Cacao Coconut Mint Bars

Chocolate Layers:

1C walnuts

1C dates

1/3C hemp hearts

1/3C MMJ coconut oil, split into two portions and gently melted

1C cacao powder

1/4C cacao nibs

Mint Coconut Layer:

2C shredded coconut

1T maple syrup

coconut oil, the other half of the 1/3C mmj oil

5 drops of peppermint essential oil, to taste

1) Place all chocolate layer ingredients in a food processor and blend until fully mixed. Split into two parts.

2) Mix all coconut filling ingredients.

3) Press one half of the chocolate layer into the bottom of a 9×7 pan.

4) Press all of the coconut filling as the next layer and put in freezer until hard enough to add last layer.

5) Press the final chocolate layer on top and freeze.

 

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I post this recipe, in spite of it coming out crumbly because I hope this inspires the perfectionists to think of different ways to use the food you make that turns out looking less than perfect but is still a delight to the senses when you eat it.

-TwiceBaked

 

 

The Sweetest Cannabis Farmer’s Market in the Whole MMJ Universe

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One of the best things that I discovered last year was the Cannabis Farmer’s Market at the MMJ Universe in Black Diamond, WA. What was initially a nice drive in the country to a safe access place to get high quality medicinal cannabis has become one of my favorite places to spend a little time on a weekend afternoon.

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This little weekend market allows cannabis patients to smell and see up close cannabis flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and anything else your cannabis related medicating needs may require. Each farmer brings their own expertise and experience in growing and using cannabis for their own ailments. The information that they posses is invaluable to other patients, like myself, who are seeking to understand all the variety of ways one can use cannabis. It is wonderful to be able to meet the people who grew and processed your medicine.

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Over the past year I have seen the market develop too. Now it is open on Sat and Sunday, the concentrates seem to have gotten better, there are more medibles available, and the choices for great topicals have really expanded too. Did I mention that they also offer massages and yoga classes? I haven’t been to one of their Sunday yoga classes yet but I did get a free 10 minute massage while listening to live music the last time I was there. It was lovely.

photo 5-1 photo 3 photo 2 photo 4-1 I’ve been able to meet some pretty wonderful people at this market, find quality cannabis medicines, and learn more about my medicating options than I ever thought possible. While the future of medicinal cannabis is still being shaped in Washington it is my sincere hope that provisions will be made for such a great venue to continue.

Maybe this weekend I’ll see you there!

-TwiceBaked