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The Dos and Don’ts of pot in Washington state What to do: • • • •
Purchase cannabis in a legal pot shop. Learn about cannabis Indica and Sativa. Consume cannabis in a private location. Ask ahead whether hotels have cannabis smoking rooms or areas.
What not to do: • • • • • •
Do not consume cannabis and drive. Do not forget to have your ID when visiting cannabis shops. Do not cross state lines with cannabis. Do not consume cannabis in public areas. Do not bring cannabis into federal property, including parks, airports or buildings. Do not forget to buy a lighter.
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A low THC, high CBC strain called Charlotte’s Web is named for a young girl, who after being treated with cannabis reduced her seizures from 300 a week to around four a month. Cannabis Indica L. originates from central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, in areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India, Tibet and Nepal. Cannabis Sativa L. generally originates from the equatorial regions of the world such as Thailand, southern India, Jamaica and Mexico. Cannabis Indica is usually classified as a “stone,” meaning that it is centered on the body. It enhances the physical sensations such as taste, touch and sound. It tends to relax the user. Those who use Cannabis Sativa usually experience a high that means they are more cerebral, energetic, and creative. The top five lobbyists against legalizing marijuana are police unions, private prison corporations, the alcohol industry, pharmaceutical corporations, and prison guard unions.
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The Hippie House has paraphernalia you won’t believe BY LESLIE KELLY | email@example.com
Inhaling just got a lot more creative. That is, if you use a pipe or a bong made at The Hippie House in Tacoma. The Hippie House is just one of several places to get locally-blown glass pipes and bongs. But the Hippie House is something else. It sells works made by more than 50 local glass artists. Their stock, all originals, can run from $10 to $10,000. The place came to be, almost by accident. “It just kinda happened,” said owner Justin Stieglitz, of the shop that opened five years ago. “We had a family friend with brain cancer. She’d never smoked cannabis before. But her doctor told her to try it and gave her a medical card. “She went to a shop to buy a pipe and left there feeling like a criminal. The place was dark and dingy. After hearing that, I thought we should open a bright, welcoming head shop that people would want to come to.”
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That’s just what he did. Along with some financial partners, including his father, they found a house in the Sixth Avenue District of Tacoma known for its restaurants and nightclubs. “It’s a very friendly neighborhood,” Stieglitz said. “We have residential houses on both sides of us and we get along great. We’re all neighbors. But because of the clubs around here, we close at 8 p.m. That way we don’t have to deal with any of the folks who’ve had too much to drink.” The store’s name came from a brainstorming session where those involved just threw out ideas. “It fit because a hippie house has always been a place where people just show up and are happy,” he said. “It’s a place of good vibes.” The store’s primary glass blower is Coleman Anderson. He Continued on Page 8
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does in-store glass-blowing demonstrations Monday through Friday. The store is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. “Coleman is very talented. He’s able to show people what he does,” Stieglitz said. “We’d like to be able to have a do-it-yourself area but we don’t have the space, and our insurance won’t cover that.” There are places like that around, he said, and when customers ask about it, he gives names and locations. While Stieglitz, 36, had always been into art, he doesn’t consider himself an artist. “I own all the equipment and I make it possible for the artists to work here if they want,” he said. “But I’m not an artist. This job combines my two great passions, art and cannabis.” Local artwork also hangs on the walls of the shop. Stieglitz began smoking cannabis recreationally when he was young. Although he knew his parents “were hippies in the 1970s,” he never knew his father smoked marijuana until he turned 21. “Drugs weren’t something anyone did around my house growing up,” Stieglitz said. “My parents were hippies, but they put aside their (marijuana) use when they had kids and careers. It wasn’t until my dad and I shared a bowl when I turned 21 that I even knew he’d ever smoked (it). Now it’s bonded us.” Each artist who has work in the shop has their own unique way of creating glass, Stieglitz said. There is a rainbow of small $10 pipes that are more for functional use. And then there are the masterpieces. A dragon shaped bong, which is more than a foot tall, can sell upward of $1,000.
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And there are collectors of pipes and bongs. “I’m one,” said Stieglitz. “I probably have about 50.” Recently, at a gathering of elite glass collectors in Seattle, a glass art bong sold for $102,500, he said. “They flew in 25 of the best glass artists to work and then, there was a silent auction,” he said. “I’ve seen works made with a Faberge egg and $6,000 worth of crushed opal in it.” Since recreational cannabis has become legal, Stieglitz has seen an increase in customers of ages 50 to 70. “These are the people who have never used or never been open about their use,” he said. “But now that it’s legal, they are coming in to see our glass and are buying small pipes and bongs because they want to see what it’s all about.” When operating a glass art shop, there is always one worry. Breakage. “A dragon that sells for $3,000 can take up to 25 hours to make,” he said. “And there’s lots of money invested in the materials. If it breaks, we have to eat that cost. So, it can get intense in here. There are just so many factors that come into play when blowing glass.” As for how much does break, he’ll only say “not enough that we’ll stop making it.” Stieglitz said he loves his job and loves going to work. “I get to be around some of the greatest people in the world,” he said. “They are creative. And our customers are always happy. If I’m not at work, I’m thinking about work.” The shop is at 3109 Sixth Ave. in Tacoma; phone 253-2671708; online at www.hippiehouse.com.
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What’s on your Christmas list? BY LESLIE KELLY | email@example.com
With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to think about what you’re going to give to your pot-smoking friends and family members. We thought we’d get you started with some ideas from owners and bud tenders at retail marijuana shops throughout the Northwest Chronicle’s circulation area. We asked a few of them for their suggestions of gifts around the $50 mark and here’s what they said: • Silicone Bong: A medium-sized bong made of Silicone that’s dishwasher safe and is “almost impossible to break.” A nice gift for a friend. Cost: $59. • JuJu Joint: A disposable E-cigarette for use with marijuana cartridges. “It’s great for walking around, smoking and being discreet.” Cost: $44. • Hand-blown glass bong: Especially those made by local artist Special K, who trained in glass-blowing with Chihuly. They come in all colors and patterns and sell for $54 and up. • Fill a stash box with a mixture of edibles. Look for cookies, brownies and hard candies that are infused with marijuana. Some stores have plans to decorate wooden boxes as stash boxes and sell these ready-to-give at around $50. Last year, the company Zoots did a similar thing with their drops and edible products. • In the edible category, look for hot cocoa and coffee mixes that are pot infused. They come in packages of 10, 40 and 100 envelopes and include some great flavors like chocolate mocha. Individually, the packets are about $5 for 10 milligrams. The 40 to 100 packs run from $16 to $35. • For tea drinkers, try some honey sticks. The marijuana infused honey can be opened and added to tea to make a nice winter’s drink.
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• And for those drinks, don’t forget to get some marshmallow-flavored sugar packets. There’s also a caramel flavor. • MaryJane infused lotions and gels are also an idea. Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Because they’re non-psychoactive, topicals are often chosen by people who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods. A favorite is the Fairwinds brand and the popular scents are vanilla, lavender and eucalyptus. Lotions and gels range from $35 to $45. Another brand to look for is Hazy Daze, a local, Pacific Northwest-owned business. Its rub is known to have a strong, fast-working quality because there is no added scent to mask the marijuana smell. • And don’t forget the tinctures. Cannabis tinctures, also known as green or golden dragon, are alcohol-based cannabis extracts that can be used with an eye-dropper and drops can be placed in a variety of foods and drink. Oh, and by the way, take a look at our stories in this edition on Green Lion products and glassware at the Hippie House. Both will also make great holiday gifts.
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Ways marijuana can legally be consumed in Washington State
Smoking marijuana: Cannabis smoking is the inhalation of smoke or vapors released by heating the flowers, leaves, or extracts of cannabis. Smoking releases the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs. Cannabis can be smoked in a variety of pipe-like implements made in different shapes and of different materials. Joint is a slang term for a cigarette rolled using cannabis. Cannabis joints are made with pure herbal cannabis or with cannabis mixed with tobacco or various non-addictive herbs; a filler is often used to help hashish burn in a joint. Specially manufactured rolling papers are most often used in industrialized countries; however, recycled brown paper and newspaper are commonly used in the developing world. Modern papers are now made from a wide variety of materials including rice, hemp, and flax. A joint typically contains 250 - 750 mg net weight of cannabis and/or fillers. A blunt is cannabis rolled with a cigar wrapper (usually tobacco leaf, which may contain nicotine). Pipes made for smoking cannabis, sometimes called pieces or bowls, are made of a variety of materials, including blown glass, metal fittings, ceramic, Borosilicate glass, stone, wood, bamboo and other materials (preferably not aluminum). Subtypes include one-hitters, bubblers, chillums, glass blunts, corn cob pipes, and standard hand pipes. Pipes vary greatly in shape and materials, and most are handmade. The common thread between them is having a narrow screened receptacle ("bowl"),
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a "stem" (which may be a long flexible tube as on hookahs and vaporizers), and a "mouthpiece". The smoking material is placed in the receptacle and affected with a heat source while air is drawn through the bowl and stem to the user. Blown-glass pipes and bongs are often intricately and colorfully designed. In India and Jamaica, the most commonly used pipe is the chillum.; in the UAE, midwakh; in Morocco, sebsi. A bong is similar to a pipe, only it has a water-chamber through which cannabis smoke passes prior to inhalation and a wide "mouth" typically around 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter. Users fill the bong with water, sometimes also adding ice in order to cool the smoke. This cooling effect allows a larger amount of cannabis to be consumed at once while reducing the discomfort caused by the heat of the smoke. The bowl and stem assembly of most bongs is removed briefly after the cannabis is burned, allowing clean air to circulate and clear the smoke chamber, ensuring no smoke dissipates without being properly consumed. Edible products: Read labels and go slowly. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Legal marijuana edibles are often made with concentrated cannabis Continued on Page 16
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oil, meaning they may be much stronger than edibles you have tried in the past. Depending on your body type, edibles can take up to two hours to fully take effect and may impair your ability to drive, work, or operate machinery safely for a longer period of time. Be careful. Start with a single five-mg serving or less, and don't take more until you wait a full two hours. Most importantly, keep edibles far away from children and pets. Concentrates: Marijuana concentrates come in a number of forms: oils, hashes, waxes, kiev and amber glass. If marijuana was compared to alight beer, then concentrates would be a stiff whiskey drink. They are strong and have a quick effect, so begin with a small amount. Vaporizer pens: Vaporizer pens are relatively new to the legal marijuana market and work similarly to electronic cigarettes. Be careful and go slowly when using them because they often use concentrated cannabis oils.
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Medical and recreation marijuana merge BY LESLIE KELLY | firstname.lastname@example.org
July 1 marked a major shift in the state’s regulated marijuana market. As of that date, there is no longer a strictly regulated recreational marijuana system and an almost totally unregulated medical marijuana system, according to Jim Doherty of the Municipal Research and Services Center. Instead, the two systems merged into one system under the jurisdiction of the State Liquor and Cannabis Board. What that means is that all marijuana sales throughout the state that do not take place through state-licensed retail stores are illegal. The Cannabis Patient Protection Act, passed last year, was given an effective date of July 1, 2016 to provide time for the Liquor Control Board to adopt new regulations to govern the new system. So what exactly changed on July 1? According to Doherty, all marijuana sales, both recreational and medical, must be through state-licensed retail stores. Anyone growing marijuana will have to be either licensed by the state or be a registered medical marijuana patient or designated provider, and the requirements for getting a state “recognition card” for medical marijuana have been enhanced. Under state law, up to four medical marijuana patients or des-
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As the unregulated market diminishes, more marijuana will be grown by licensed growers and sold through licensed stores, resulting in increased tax collection. On the consumer protection side, the Liquor Control Board has refined the regulations on allowed fertilizers and pesticides and the standards for chemical testing of all products sold in licensed stores. The law requires DOH to oversee the development and administration of the medical marijuana authorization database. The database is necessary to produce recognition cards. Under the new law, recognition cards are required if patients and designated providers 21 and older want to have access to purchase products sales-tax free; purchase up to three times the current legal limit for recreational users; purchase high-THC infused products; grow more than four plants in their residence; and have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal penalties, although patients will still have an affirmative defense. Qualifying patients or designated providers enrolled in the database may obtain 48 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form; three ounces of useable marijuana; 216 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form; or 21 grams of marijuana concentrates.
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Patients and designated providers who participate in a cooperative may grow the total number of plants authorized for the participants. This is particularly important to patients who live in areas where there is no retail store where they can purchase medical marijuana. • What will the medical marijuana authorization database be like? Will there still be an affirmative defense for people are not entered in the database? Are there new criminal felonies? The legislation establishes a completely voluntary medical marijuana authorization database. Privacy will be ensured at the highest possible level, and the database does not in any way violate HIPAA. All patients will still be required to get an authorization from their health care practitioner. Authorizations will be required to be written on a standard form developed by the Department of Health. Designated providers must also receive an authorization from the patient’s health care practitioner. • What improvements does the act make for patients’ health? What new conditions are now covered under the act? How will my doctor provide me an authorization? It adds post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury as qualifying conditions; creates a medical endorsement for retailers that carry medical marijuana products and provides training for retail staff – patients can be confident they are purchasing from knowledgeable sellers; Ensures safe products for patients and safe handling in stores; Requires a study and recommendations to the legislature on whether the state should create medical marijuana specialty clinics; Provides certainty for practitioners with a statement that they cannot be arrested, prosecuted or disciplined as long as he or she complies with the law. The legislation does not require practitioners to enter patients into the voluntary database. Sources: Washington State Department of Health and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
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Green Lion offers clean extract oil products BY LESLIE KELLY | email@example.com
The company is known as one of the first cannabis-related businesses to pop up in the SoDo district of downtown Seattle. “People joke and call it the SoDope district,” said Billy Lubitz, CEO of Green Lion Industries. “There are a lot of cannabis facilities in the neighborhood now.” Green Lion inhabits a large industrial warehouse on First Avenue South. It’s been cleverly decorated with floor to ceiling murals by Ten Hundred and Charms Won. But the company began small in West Seattle. “We started out small,” said Lubitz. “We began as part of the medical cannabis industry and our goal was ‘patients before profits.’ Even now, with our growth, that’s still our focus.” According to Lubitz, Green Lion was founded by the Ott, Kelly and Ritter families as Seattle’s first production cannabis nursery and product line dedicated to science-based innovation in premium marijuana clones and production systems. “We combine microbiology and cannabis genetics to yield the highest quality products,” he said. “We make the cleanest possible concentrate for patients to use.” The company is one of a few that has been able to financially sustain itself throughout the state’s change from legal medical marijuana use to legal recreational use. While its focus is on individuals who use cannabis for medical reasons, company officials know that they have to make products that are reasonably priced and marketable to all cannabis users. “Growth in the medical marijuana market was slow as we had success without making money off those people who need marijuana as medicine,” Lubitz said. “Moving toward recreational, the pace is quicker but we hold true to our ideals as recreational users deserve high quality and cleanliness in their products jaunts as much as patients do.” The company makes products for sale to cannabis retailers. About a dozen employees process cannabis which also comes
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from all over the state. According to the company website, the cornerstone of its offering is their CO2 extracted dabble oils. “Their experienced team of extractors are able to pull a nice stable oil with a wide terpene profile,” wrote a reviewer in Ganjapreneur. “We appreciate the ever-changing variety of strain choices.” Lubitz said Green Lion is a name that is beginning to get recognition. “Before recreational cannabis, our loyal patients knew us,” he said. “Now with our products in more than 35 retail stores, our name is getting out there. It’s hard to do that and stay true to what we do — to serve those with a medical need.” Products include their CO2 extract oils, made without hydrocarbons, heavy metals, alcohols or additives. It’s described as a full-flavor strain specific CO2 wax that is rich in terpenes and cannabinoids. “We extract up to 98 percent of all the plants’ cannabinoids and purge the raw material at a low temperature to remove any excess water or moisture, preserving up to as much as 15 percent terpenes, resulting in a tastier dabbing experience,” Lubitz said. Another product is the CBD medicated cream, which is a hemp seed oil-based formulated for anyone with an active lifestyle. Infused with premium CO2 oil and raw plant extract, it can be applied to any part of the body to provide deep penetrating skin nourishment. Scents include coconut, rosemary mint and tangerine. There are also liniment body oils including a lavender one. Recently, the company added “tap-out joints,” or as Green Lion calls them, CO2B or “see-oh-toobie.” This product is an already pre-rolled joint that is infused with a CO2 oil. They come in a variety of flower and oil combinations of different potencies. Options include Strawberry Lemon Purple infused with Dutch Skunk CO2 oil. A higher potency line is also offered including at the strain Cannatsu infused with a blended high CBD CO2 oil. Green Lion’s Third Kynde Pre Roll starts with the finest quality flower made from partnering producers which is then finely pulverized. It is infused with premium CO2 oil using the proprietary process and packed into an all natural unbleached cone. Each pre-roll contains 600mg flower, 100mg CO2 oil, and 50mg of kief. As for the company’s name, it’s intended to denote that medical use is the company’s focus, in combination with its fierce dedication to the “pride.” Green Lion refers to ancient alchemical process or turning something of lesser value into something with great value, Lubitz said. “It was a lion from a family crest,” Lubitz said. “But we had a local artist modify it to be more modern.” Tourists may not know the brand name, but Lubitz encourages anyone to try Green Lion products. “It’s a clean, pure product made with CO2, using the whole plant extract and all the benefits of the plant,” he said. “That produces a high that’s more crisp and flavors that are more true to the flower it was derived from.” To learn more, go to www.greenlionindustries.com.
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What you need to know: Marijuana use in Washington State The facts about legal marijuana in Washington:
Q: Who can use marijuana in Washington state? A: Only adults 21 and older can purchase and possess marijuana. Q: Where can I purchase marijuana? A: Marijuana can only be sold and purchased at state-licensed retail stores. A valid photo ID is required and no one under age 21 is allowed on the retail premises. Many retail marijuana stores only accept cash Q: How much can I buy? A: Adults 21 and older can purchase up to one ounce of useable marijuana (the harvested flowers or bud) 16 ounces of marijuana-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form, and seven grams of marijuana concentrates. Q: How much does marijuana cost? A: The price will vary according to the quality and availability. Some strains are considered better than others. Most stores aim at $10-$12 per gram, although that price can go as high as $25. There are 28 grams in one ounce, the amount that can be legally purchased at one time. Typically, that amount can cost $300 and up. Q: Can I resale what I buy? A: It remains a felony for anyone but a licensed retailer to sell or provide marijuana to anyone else. Providing or selling marijuana to a minor under the age of 18 is subject to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
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Q: Can I use marijuana in public? A: It remains illegal to consume marijuana in public. Q: Can I drive if I have used marijuana? A: It is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, and doing so may result in significant legal penalties. Q: Can I take marijuana outside the state of Washington? A: The simple answer is â€œNo.â€? Doing so may result in significant legal penalties. Q: Do hotels in Washington allow me to use marijuana in my room? A: As with tobacco, smoking marijuana in any indoor location is subject to the restrictions in the Washington Smoking in Public Places law. The law prohibits smoking in public places or places of employment, and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, open windows and ventilation intakes. If the establishment permits it and you are either vaporizing or strain in a room where smoking is allowed, it is legal to consume marijuana in a private hotel room. Q: What about while boating, hiking or skiing? A: According to the U.S. Coast Guard, if you are in navigable waters, they will enforce federal law. Possession of marijuana is still illegal federally. This is also true at national parks. And it is never OK to operate a boat while impaired by marijuana or any other drug. The law against marijuana use in public view applies to state parks, public hiking trails, and ski resorts.
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Types of Marijuana: What effect do you want? BY LESLIE KELLY | firstname.lastname@example.org
Any seasoned smoker knows there are three distinct types of marijuana: Sativa, Indica and Hybrid. The plants of cannabis Indica and cannabis Sativa have been around since the 18th century with cannabis Hybrid being relatively new. Hybrid indicates the mixing of seeds from different geographic locations around the world.
The effects of each vary. Indica: The Indica strain is a more relaxing effect with the tendency of making you want to hang out on the couch. The origin is believed to come from the Hindu “Kush” region close to Afghanistan. Anyone who knows anything about marijuana knows that Kush is really strong weed. In this area of Afghanistan, the strain developed thick coats of resin as a mean of protecting themselves due to the harsh climate. Characteristics of Indica include flowering time, yields, geography of where seeds came from and various flavors. Some of the epic names given to top flavors include Purple Haze, Granddaddy Purple and Northern Lights. Sativa: The Sativas strain alternatively has energizing effects which is why they’re often used in the morning or afternoon. This strain of marijuana is used primarily for depression and exhaustion. Its morphology is a growth of up to 20 feet high, it is narrow with loose branches. The effects of Sativa are said to be uplifting and allow you to be creative. Medicinally, it can treat ADD and mood disorders. Some of the more popular flavors under the Sativa strain include Sour Diesel, Jack Herer and Lemon Haze. Hybrid: There are many variables for the two ancient strains which is where Hybrid comes in. The seeds of many geographical areas are cross germinated to balance marijuana with both strains. This offers the marijuana user a balance between the two so you get the best of both worlds. In a recent survey of several Pacific Northwest retail marijuana stores, here’s the more popular of each of the three categories
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by brand name.
Sativas: • Acapulco Gold: an older strain that is generated from Columbian Gold and grown in Mexico. It is popular because it is much like the original Columbian product. Sells for $55 for 3.5 grams. • Gorilla Glue, Dutch Treat and Cinex: This group of three are widely known to most pot smokers. They give a reputable high and consumers know they’re getting something they can count on. These sell for $11 to $14 per gram. • Head Cheese: A great smoke from a dense weed with a high percentage THC. Cost: $18 per gram.
Indicas: • Wappa: a very high potency strain, often sells out and it can be several months before it’s in the shops again. Cost: $59 for 3.5 grams. • Blueberry, Training Day, Bianca are known to be great for smokers who have problems getting a good night’s sleep. Training Day is a product that will give you a relaxed feeling, but won’t put you to sleep. Cost: $11 to $14 per gram. • Beast Mode: a Northwest specialty that’s super poplar mostly because of its name. Sells for $13 a gram. • Blackberry Bubba: Has a high Kush factor and has a nice flavor. The brand name strains from Clandestine Gardens sell out quickly. Cost: $13 a gram.
Hybrids: • Gelato: comes from a very Kush flower, and slightly leans toward being a Indica. The smell is “strong and will stink up the whole room when you open it.” Sells for $40 for 3.5 grams. • Dutch Treat or Allen Wrench: Gives the smoker a high that doesn’t make them anxiety-ridden but doesn’t “knock your ass to the couch.” Sells for $11 to $14 per gram. Dutch Treat got rave reviews from more than one retailer. A close cousin, Dutch Berry, which is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a raspberry-like flavor is considered to be a strong, “but the raspberry flavor brings it down.” Cost: $15 per gram. Participating retailers: Paper & Leaf on Bainbridge Island, Ganja Goddess in downtown Seattle, Sweet Leaf in Aberdeen, High Society in Bellingham and Filabong in Silverdale.