Residents of Snohomish County don't have to do without safe access, thanks to the Medical Marijuana Patients Network (MMPN) in Mukilteo. Formerly located in Everett, but ousted from that burg by a city council insensitive to the needs of patients, MMPN keeps on keepin' on since it was forced to move about a year ago. When Mukilteo's city council last year fell one vote short of the supermajority needed to impose a medical-marijuana dispensary moratorium, safe access for patients was, albeit precariously, preserved for at least the time being.
Dutch Treat is a great first smoke of the day
Rather than following the practice of most shops, where the reception area is separated from the bud room, once you walk into MMPN you're in the bud room, with a big pane of bulletproof glass separating you from the budtender and the products. It's necessary to speak a little louder than usual in order to be heard, and of course the setting keeps MMPN from feeling as laid-back as most other shops.
Atmosphere-wise, the glass engenders an unfortunate but inevitable feeling of separation from the budtender and flowers, which makes customer service even more important; fortunately, budtender Jay had that covered on the Saturday I visited. Paperwork and payments are slipped through a slot at the bottom of the glass, and meds are dispensed through an interesting little revolving-door apparatus.
MMPN's cannabis strains are $12 a gram for top-shelf, with a few $11 and (usually) $10 varieties, and $7 jar-ends shake mix is available for the bargain-hunter. On the day I visited, they were sold out of $10 strains, but budtender Jay assured me they were almost always available. Upon Jay's recommendation of the best strains in the house, I got Dutch Treat, a sativa, and Headband Kush, an indica-dominant, both at $12 a gram.
Dutch Treat is a great first smoke of the day, with its clear, head-ringing high accompanying potent nausea relief. Have a bowl with a cup of coffee, and you're off on a cloud of cannabinated creativity for a couple of hours. These flowers are incredibly covered with a thick, alluring forest of sticky trichomes and abundant red hairs. The Treat has a bouquet of citrus and pine, and toking reveals a taste a little like eucalyptus.
Headband Kush's runaway popularity at West Coast access points becomes entirely understandable once one samples some of this potent indica-dominant hybrid strain. A combination of the indicas Master Kush and OG Kush with the sativa Sour Diesel, these flowers lean toward the Diesel with their pungent smell. Just a few tokes in, noticeable pain relief manifests itself, along with, for what is an indica-dominant strain, a very uplifting high. Relaxation and stress relief complement Headband's pain-relieving properties, making it a good choice for anxiety as well.
MMPN has a small selection of cannabis medibles priced at $8 and $10, with Ganje Roast medicated coffee available in regular ($6) and double-strength ($8) versions for the four-ounce bag. Available concentrates include butane hash oil (BHO) of several different strains for $50 a gram and bubble hash for $30 a gram.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town,Village Voice Media's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.
Medical Marijuana Patients Network
4204 Russell Rd., Suite A, Mukilteo, 425-346-4533
medicalmarijuanapatientsnetwork.com. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; closed Sun.