?Apothecary Seattle, at 210 Broadway Ave. E., has the most stunningly gorgeous space of any medical-marijuana dispensary I've ever visited, and the shop has an enviable location right in the bustling middle of Capitol Hill. Make no mistake; this is prime real estate.
Cass Stewart mans the counter at Apothecary Seattle in Capitol Hill (click to enlarge).
High ceilings with skylights and a roomy upstairs interior (accessible by both stairs and elevator) give a simultaneous feeling of openness and warmth, which continues with the friendly staff. Both the reception area and the hallway back to the budroom, are tastefully decorated, which gave this first-time visitor the reassuring feeling that I'm in a respectable, professionally run establishment.
Owner Cass Stewart offered a handy mnemonic for remembering the street number: "That's 210 Broadway -- half of 420!" Engaging and knowledgeable, Stewart is refreshing in that he doesn't fake his expertise. For instance, when he didn't know something -- say, the exact genetic background of a particular strain -- he just said so. Sounds simple, but it's a type of honesty that the dispensary scene could use a little more of.
?According to Stewart, Apothecary Seattle was the very first medical-marijuana patient cooperative on Capitol Hill when it opened in March above Castle's megastore (that's right, if you want you can stock up on sex toys on the same trip. Très heathenous!). Since then, the shop has since been joined in Cap Hill by at least two other collectives.
Of course, the best location in the world wouldn't mean a lot if the place didn't have good cannabis, which it does. The collective's strains range in price from $9 (Big Bud and Big Wave Dave) to $15 a gram (Headband). On the day I visited 16 strains were available, with five strains (including Cheese and Jack Herer) costing $13, the most prevalent price point.
Not to be missed is Cin-X (Cindy 99 x OG Kush), at $13 a gram. Supposedly bred in the Pacific Northwest, Cin-X has a more indica-like body effect than you'd expect from a sativa dominant. But it also provides the typical sativa uplift with mental stimulation that helps dispel listlessness and depression.
Even better was Headband (OG Kush x Master Kush x Sour Diesel), a sativa dominant with uplifting, euphoric mental effects. The strain also packs a deeply relaxing, pain-relieving body wallop courtesy of the indica in its genetic heritage -- a combination of the best of both worlds has made the strain popular up and down the West Coast.
Headband, as you'd expect of a dispensary's top-of-the-line offering, also has a lot of shelf appeal, completely covered as it is in a thick, sticky, glistening carpet of trichomes. Hints of its Sour Diesel heritage are quickly detected in the sharp, spicy smell and taste. The strain is a good choice for daytime pain relief with mental clarity.
Several types of edibles were in stock the Thursday afternoon I visited, including what I suspect would be some excellent medicated Goodies Green Label pasta sauce. Unfortunately, at $80 a jar, I couldn't afford to confirm my suspicions.
More affordable (at $10 a bottle) but still effective were the Medicinal Delights Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce (first time I'd seen this product), and the medicated Italian sodas, which come in several flavors.
Apothecary Seattle is open daily from 11 to 7. Walk-ins are welcome, and on weekends you can get late-night appointments until 10 p.m. For more information, call 369-6708.
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Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor and humor.