The owners of Cannabis Outreach Services, a medical-marijuana access point in Lacey, aren't easily discouraged. In February, Denny Coughlin, 69, and Jami Bisi, 50, were each charged with 25 counts related to allegations of selling marijuana at the medicinal cannabis collective they operate on Lacey Boulevard in the aftermath of raids last November on five Thurston County dispensaries. This was after they'd been denied a business license by the city of Lacey, despite operating strictly according to Washington's state medical-marijuana law. Long story short, none of that stopped them: They're still open.
Jillybean's uplifting effects and citrusy taste make it a joy to toke
I stopped by Cannabis Outreach Services on two occasions in the past month, and both times received the sort of top-notch help that sets the standard for patient service. Since COS's entire flower menu is available for $10 a gram, that makes two compelling reasons to visit this shop. On my latest visit, budtender Katreena ("Just remember the hurricane," she told me, "except with two e's"), expertly guided me through the selections of flowers and medibles. Upon her recommendations, I decided to try the sativa-dominant Jillybean and the indica-dominant Strawberry Skunk.
Jillybean is a delightful strain of cannabis from famed breeder Subcool. Its mostly sativa genetic heritage makes it an uplifting option for depression, anxiety and migraines, and its citrusy taste makes it a joy to toke. It has noticeably energetic sativa effects, yet has an underlying mellowness that keeps it from being anywhere near jittery. If you smoke more than a couple tokes, you may find yourself in an enjoyably trance-like state, way into music you didn't even know you liked.
Hybrid Strawberry Skunk's small but gorgeous flowers sport a thick forest of sticky trichomes; the buds are downright fuzzy with gooey goodness. The bouquet leans more to the Strawberry than to the Skunk side of things, and the taste can occasionally, albeit faintly, remind one of strawberry Jolly Ranchers. The strain is useful for pain, but be aware that it can also result in a disinclination to move if more than a few tokes are taken; accomplishment-oriented activity suddenly seems far less crucial than before.
COS's respectably stocked medibles case includes chocolate bars, brownies, cereal bars, and tinctures. Tinctures containing other herbs are available for specific purposes such as pain and relaxation, but I prefer cannabis-only tinctures, due to possible complications with my impaired liver function. If this is your preference, just ask for the "herbal" tincture, which contains only marijuana.
For patients who want to grow their own medicine, Cannabis Outreach Services usually has a few clones in stock for $20 apiece. On my latest visit, well-rooted Afgoo cuttings were ready to go; I couldn't resist bringing one of these cuties home with me.
Parking is limited in front of Cannabis Outreach Services' location in a small office park; no outside signage indicates this is a marijuana dispensary, but a sign discreetly reading "Outreach Services" has an arrow pointing to the correct door.
Cannabis Outreach Services, (360) 459-2555, 5709 Lacey Blvd. Building, Suite 204, Lacey
10 a.m.-8 p.m., seven days a week.