Seattle may be known for its great (not to mention cheap) legal weed, but less so for its world-class pot shops. That distinction belongs to Denver, where the Green Mile and its chain dispensaries have stamped the city as America’s cannabis capital.
Medical marijuana shops are easier to find in Seattle than dispensaries that sell cannabis for recreational use, but stoners without a doctor’s recommendation can get what they need without too much trouble. And some retail Seattle dispensaries are just as good as anything you can find in Denver. Here are the best of the best.
Cannabis City was the first Seattle dispensary to obtain a license to sell recreational marijuana, and it remains easily one of the best cannabis depots in town. Located in the Industrial District near the water, this popular retail store draws quite a crowd – so much so that lines can sometimes be a bit of a problem. The edibles menu alone is well worth the wait: Caramelo truffles, candies, pot brownie bites, etc. And that’s to say nothing of the outstanding bud available at this Seattle original.
Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop
Imagine your “favorite uncle,” the one who’s always happy to share a joint with his No. 1 niece or nephew. This is the relationship Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop strives for with its customers. The store, located in the Central District, is open seven days a week – a rarity among Seattle dispensaries – and offers a regularly updated menu of products, including chocolate chip cookie bites and cannabis balm that’s “a real party for your lips.” Also, the bud is some of the best in town.
Ganja Goddess, an Industrial District favorite, is all about “taking cannabis to a new high,” as its slogan proclaims. It meets that goal, mostly with its potent and delicious edibles, such as marijuana chocolate bonbons and oatmeal raisin cookies chock full of THC. Prices are great – it’s easy to find a potent strain for less than $250 an ounce – and the bud selection is second to none.
Though there are three locations, Dockside Cannabis is best known for its Shoreline shop near Puget Sound (the others include a medical shop in Fremont and a new retail store in SoDo). This is a classy joint, not the usual decrepit Seattle dispensary. The walls are made of reclaimed wood, the staff are knowledgeable, and the choices are many. Dockside Cannabis is a professional operation, not always an easy thing to find in legal marijuana.
Marijuana comes in all varieties at Ocean Greens, a top-shelf Seattle dispensary in the city’s Lichton Springs neighborhood. This is where you’ll find strains named after sugary treats, a rare Kush known as Heisenberg, and tasty edibles such as Apple Krisps, funky Girl Scout Cookies, and Chocolove milk chocolate squares. The focus is on discriminating taste: Ocean Greens has a sharp nose for the best cannabis strains in Seattle.
Seattle Cannabis Co.
Located in Seattle’s SoCo district, Seattle Cannabis Co has a modern interior with clear aesthetic appeal. The dispensary proudly advertises its award-winning selection of buds, concentrates and edibles, not to mention the friendly, approachable and knowledgeable staff on hand to answer any questions you might have. The selection of products on offer is seemingly endless, the bud is high-quality, and the people that sell you it are really nice – what more could you ask for?