There's a new medical-marijuana farmers' market in the area; it's in Black Diamond, and it's well worth the drive. The MMJ Universe market, overseen by the effervescent Deidre Finley, is held inside a former greenhouse, and it's chock-full of vendors who offer clones/starter plants, dried cannabis flowers, medibles, concentrates, and pretty much any else you'd want when it comes to MMJ. Sure, it's 45 minutes from Seattle to Black Diamond, but it's a gorgeous Saturday drive, especially once you get out in the country and go up Green Valley Road.
As I've noted before of other cannabis farmers' markets, this paradigm is a big win for patients, because the presence of multiple vendors at one location exerts a downward pressure on prices -- it's some good old-fashioned competition, doncha know. I saw marijuana going for per-gram donations of from $5 to $12 and all points in between, with most grams hovering right around the $10 mark.
One of the first tables I saw upon walking into MMJ Universe was Pam's Plants and Can-Nibbles, and it was a happy place for an indica lover. Provider Pam had some beautiful Afgooey and Northern Lights flowers for $12 a gram, as well as some of the tastiest and most potent medibles (OK, Can-Nibbles) around, thanks to chef Becky, who's been impressing me with her medicated goodies for five years now.
I received a great welcome at the table of provider Mark Nelson of Olympia; that is to say, when I walked up, he greeted me with a complimentary dab of some potent hash oil. After discussing medicine with Mark (a very knowledgeable guy), I selected the hybrid strain Chrystal (White Widow x Northern Lights) from his flower offerings. I only got a gram, and more's the pity. Not only did Mark weigh me out a generous 1.7 grams for my $10, but I also discovered the Chrystal is some very kind bud, upon trying it once I got home. See you next time, Mark!
Just a couple of tables over, at the table of Auburn-based Evergreen Medicinal Gardens (253-737-5659), I discovered some more superlative-looking weed for $10 a gram. Blue City Diesel (Blue Dream x New York City Diesel) is a beautiful, delicious sativa-dominant strain that is a good daytime smoke; it helps relieve both pain and depression without making you sleepy.
Then there was the Emerald Lotus table, with its Volcano vaporizer staying busy most of the time. I spotted some prime Afghani indica there; it was absolutely fuzzy with trichomes and redolent of the sweet scent of excess. I was quick to jump at the chance to get a couple grams for $10 apiece.
The Green Terrapin (360-367-0696) also had some very comely buds of a strain called Purple Nukem; although the strain name struck me as slightly silly, it was immediately forgiven once I toke-tested the flowers. This stuff will get you medicated even if you've been smoking top shelf all day; it's a real buy for $10 a gram. Don't miss it!
MMJ Universe Farmers Market
26130 SE Green Valley Rd., Black Diamond
Every Saturday, 11 a..m.-5 p.m.