Medical-marijuana patients in Tacoma have the good fortune to have safe access to cannabis right downtown (convenient to mass transit) and at very reasonable prices. Tacoma Cross is a "destination" access point with more than 35 strains of marijuana -- all priced at $10 a gram, with $7, $8, and $9 specials available. The place isn't understaffed, either: Unlike some shops where the receptionist is also the budtender and proprietor, here plenty of knowledgeable budtenders can help you.
Strawberry Cough: click on image to enlarge and appreciate
With such an extensive menu, informed guidance is exactly what's needed, and with the help of store director Matt, I selected three attractive strains: the indica-dominant Washington Goo (WAGoo); the CDB-rich strain Sun & Ocean; and the sativa-dominant hybrid Strawberry Cough.
Sun & Ocean is a good medicinal strain for patients dealing with pain and inflammation; its 9 percent CDB level (lab-tested, according to Matt), along with its 12 percent THC, means that it can effectively reduce pain levels without incapacitating you with an overpowering high. Sun & Ocean is therefore a good choice when you need to medicate for pain but have tasks to accomplish or people to meet. The medical potential of CBD is only just beginning to be realized -- in fact, a THC-free strain, which produces no "high," is already being used with some patients in the Israeli government's medical-marijuana program.
Strawberry Cough is a perennial West Coast favorite due to its signature taste/smell and its uplifting, cerebral euphoria. Be ready for extreme munchies with this strain, and also for throat-tickling lung expansion when you take a toke. Strawberry Cough is proof that a powerful marijuana high needn't be uncomfortable in any way; in fact, it's a snuggly, uplifting buzz conducive to the appreciation of nature, whether the beach, the forest, or your significant other.
And then there's the WAGoo, a potent cross of Afgoo x G-13. Afgoo's blend of Afghani, Hawaiian, and Thai genetics have made it a favorite strain of mine; there's a reason Afgoo was Seattle Weekly's official Cannabis Strain of the Year last year. Combine that genetic heritage with that of G-13, which urban legend claims is a government-developed strain, and you have some serious medicine. (The story about G-13 being developed by the feds is almost certainly bullshit, since marijuana grown on the federal pot farm in Oxford, Miss., is almost universally derided as of substandard potency.)
For patients who want to grow their own medicine, Tacoma Cross has a respectable collection of clones at $15 apiece, including Space Jill, Moon Wreck, Pit Bull, Blue Dream, Jilly Bean, and Master Kush. T.G.A. Subcool seed packets are available as well, for a $45 donation.
Steve Elliott edits Toke of the Town, Voice Media Group's site of cannabis news, views, rumor, and humor.
1126 Commerce St., 253-627-1377, tacomacross.org
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.,