Toke Signals: Making a Market Out of an Olympia Pool Hall

Paulie G’s leads a double life. Monday through Saturday, it’s a pool hall and deli in Olympia. But every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10 of the pool tables are covered and filled with pungent jars of medical marijuana, cannabis-infused medibles, hash oil, and smoking accessories—the pool hall becomes a cannabis farmers market.

It’s no secret that I enjoy medical-marijuana farmers markets. As I never tire of pointing out, these markets represent the best of patient empowerment and true community, bringing together those who medically need cannabis with those who grow the flowers, make the concentrates, and bake the medibles. Paulie G’s is a great example of what I’m talking about when I say true community.

One of the first tables I encountered upon entering the pool hall was Mama Plenty’s jams (206-445-2811,, overseen by chef Kelli Brown. Sampling quickly reveals that Brown is a skilled jam maker; the delicious, natural flavors and delightful consistencies of her wares are just preludes to their medicinal effects.

Brown told me she goes for a dose level of 10 milligrams of THC per ounce of jam; 4-ounce jars of flavors such as blueberry (THC), strawberry lemon (CBD), and strawberry lavender (THC) are $8 each, and a special super CBD cherry lemon jam is $15 for a 4-ounce jar. If you enjoy delicious homemade jams, these are an effective and pleasant way to medicate; taste samples were available right on Mama Plenty’s table.

Next table down was vendor Mark Nelson, purveyor of some of the finest oils and flowers available anywhere. Nelson was giving free sample dabs of his superlative Lemonesia (a hybrid of Super Lemon Haze and Amnesia Haze) BHO, and let me tell you, this stuff stands as an example of the way hash oil should be done. Its beautiful translucent yellow tint is the only hint you have that it’s about to knock your socks off; it just takes one dab of this stuff to get quite medicated.

Another couple tables over was Peggy Button, who had a good selection of flowers and some incredibly pretty cannabis-infused cakes (sample bites were available, and tasty). I selected a $25 eighth-ounce of some fluffy Cinex, a sativa-dominant hybrid of Cinderella 99 and Vortex that is very effective against the nausea that plagues me.

At an adjacent table was Kenny Hashmouf, who had not only some spectacular Green Crack shatter (of which he generously offered a sample dab; of course I accepted), but also some very comely Afgoo flowers. Afgoo happens to be a strain that addresses my symptoms as effectively as any other, so I got a quarter-ounce of the heavily trichomed, sweet-smelling flowers for $50.

Arch D Jay provided suitably mellow music and also manned a roulette wheel for $2 a spin. My three spins yielded two good prizes: a hunk of medicated fudge and a huge heart-shaped piece of infused hard candy.

Steve Elliott edits Toke Signals,, an irreverent, independent blog of cannabis news, views, and information.

PAULIE G’S MEDICAL-MARIJUANA FARMERS MARKET 527 Devoe St. S.E., Olympia. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun.

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