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Top Shelf | Washington

 

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Name:
Top Shelf
Medicinal

Address:
13724 Canyon Rd.
E., Puyallup, 98373

Website:
topshelfmedicine.com

Phone: (541) 389-1043

Interviewed:
Top Shelf
Owners, Management and Staff

What’s
the story behind the name of your access point?
The whole thing behind the name
is we just wanted to have a place that lives up to its name and reputation of “Top
Shelf.” With my conditions, I have to consume clean medicine. It has to be
grown properly, flushed properly . . . the whole nine yards. If it isn’t, I can
have extreme allergic reactions to the nutrients and/or pesticides still left
in the flower. It’s just one of those things where I wanted to provide
consistent, quality, proper flowers for both myself and our patients.

Whatdoes your access point offer patients that they can’t find anywhere else?

Here at Top Shelf, we provide a down home, easy feel to the place. Our patient interactions are never
rushed, and all of our patients comment on how comfortable and relaxed they
feel at our shop. We even have male patients that come in and say “Ok, I’m
going to bring my girlfriend/spouse here now, I always go in and check out
these places first to make sure it’s safe. She’ll like this place, I’m bringing
her in.” We hope to offer educational classes/seminars for those who want to
learn more about cultivation, cooking with cannabis and more.

Howhas the cannabis industry changed since you’ve been here? Where would you like
to see it go?
I
would like to see us do more of something like Colorado where if you want to be
on the medical side you have to produce your own product. This would eliminate
a lot of the middle men out there, if you want to do this—and you need to know
what you’re doing (e.g. cultivation of cannabis). We would like to see mandatory
testing of all medicinal products on shelves, which is something we feel will
be mandatory soon anyway. We encourage all vendors to have their products
tested if they are going to be consumed by patients. We would also like to see
a fair market price on medical cannabis, and not see medical cannabis taxed out
of affordability for low income patients that need clean, safe and effective
medicine.

Whatis the most important thing you hope to accomplish in the industry?

Helping people; hoping
to make a positive impact in the lives of the patients that come to our access
point. Also trying to get patients off a lot of these pharmaceuticals that are
so toxic and damaging to our bodies with long term use. Creating natural
remedies daily, offering a safe, alternative pathway to healing for our patients.

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365 Recreational Cannabis

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365 Recreational Cannabis

17517 15th Ave. NE, Shoreline

www.365recreational.com

(206) 557-7778

 

Top-Selling Strain

Wedding Cake 

Top-Selling Concentrate

Oleum Extracts dabs and Buddies Brand cartridges 

Top-Selling Edible

Double Delicious Coconut Oil Capsules

 

How and when did your store start up?

We come from medical and opened 365 Recreational Cannabis on June 12, 2015, and have continued to enjoy every minute of watching our store and the industry grow. This month is our four-year anniversary!

 

What’s the story behind the name of your store?

We got our name 365 Recreational Cannabis from our commitment to serve the community quality products and service 365 days a year!

 

What does your store offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else?

365 Recreational provides excellent service every day of the year. Half the staff started in medical, so we try to make sure that you are finding what you really need. If we don’t carry something, then we try to get that product in for you.

 

How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?

There have been a lot of changes to the industry over the years. The prices have gone down, and the consumer base has become more knowledgeable. Instead of asking for the highest [amount of] THC, customers are realizing that different terpene profiles can make for a better experience. We would love to see the consumer base continuing to educate themselves and wanting transparency. It would be nice to see the demand for harvest dates and pesticides used from all companies.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a store? . . .  Biggest joys?

Some of the biggest challenges one faces in this industry is setting yourself apart. If everyone can sell the same thing, you must go the extra step to make sure the customers are always happy.

Some of the biggest joys are seeing the improvements in people when they find something that works for them. It’s amazing to see people walking again that haven’t been doing so for years or hearing the news that someone is in remission.

 

What is the one thing you want patients/customers to know about your store?

We always try to be educated on all products and provide an experience that is the best for you. If you have a lot of questions, we have people on staff that have been through courses and are armed with knowledge. If you would like a quick visit, we have an online ordering service that will have your products bagged and waiting for you to checkout.

 

If someone wanted to open a store and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?

If someone was opening a shop, I would advise them to always pay close attention to detail and stay up to date on all compliance measures. There are little tweaks and changes all the time, so knowing them and being on top of them will help you stay around.

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?

We would love to be known as an honest, reliable company that remains part of the cannabis industry.

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Western Bud

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Western Bud

11401 Rainier Ave S., Seattle

 (206) 257-0663

www.westernbud.com

 

Top-Selling Strain: 

Any Cookie or Cake strains

 

Top-Selling Concentrate: 

Oleum Extracts’ sugar waxes

 

Top-Selling Edibles:

Marmas & Olala™ sodas

 

How and when did your store start up?

Our Seattle store opened last August. It’s our fourth Western Bud store, with more stores opening in Seattle this year.

 

What’s the story behind the name of your store?

From the very beginning it was important to us that we created a brand that had the look and feel of Pacific Northwest region, thus the name Western Bud. We’ve always believed cannabis can elevate life’s greatest moments, so providing our customers with a rich customer experience and diverse selection of product is something we want people to associate with our name.

 

What does your store offer customers that they can’t find anywhere else?

We’re disruptors. Since day one, we pledged that Western Bud wouldn’t operate like all the others, and that we would shake things up in the industry by focusing on opportunities we see that others miss. From our $0 ATM fee, our 25 percent off student/senior discount to our seemingly endless deals and best daily happy hour in town, we’ve found unique angles in all aspects of our business. We’ve not only blazed our own trail, but also forced others to adopt some of our own hallmarks like our legendary Flash Sales or 40 percent off vendor events.

 

How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go?

With so much hyper-growth in our industry, it’s a constant effort to adapt to the laws of the [Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board] and the trends of products. Because it’s so competitive for retailers, there’s not a unified group willing to work together to improve the retail side of the industry.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a store? . . .  Biggest joys?

We operate in four different counties with different LCB officers in each, all of which interpret and enforce the laws inconsistently. Signage and branding is also a sore subject. We have two versions of our logo, one with a cannabis leaf, and one without that is used in public. We can spell out “cannabis” but can’t have a leaf visible to the public.

 

What is the one thing you want patients/customers to know about your store?

We’re not like everyone else. We do common things, uncommonly well. In our first year, we tendered $1 million plus in discounts, more than any store north of Seattle.

 

If someone wanted to open a store and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?

Do as much due-diligence as possible and develop a strategy for distinguishing yourself.

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?

We aspire to be the best store in all markets we operate in.

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Motor City Kush

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Motor City Kush

10 E. 8 Mile Rd., Detroit

(313) 707-0903

www.weeddispensarydetroit.com

 

Top-Selling Strain

Chocolope

Top-Selling Concentrate

House

Top-Selling Edible

The Dab Gummies

 

How and when did your provisioning center start up?

We opened in February of 2018. We did it with a lot of patience for dealing with the paperwork and the strong belief that we are bringing the highest quality medicine, the most varied types of treatments and the best service to the Motor City. It is important for us to create a safe environment where patients feel comfortable asking questions and trying different medicinal approaches that work best for them whether it’s topical, edible or flower.

 

What’s the story behind the name of your provisioning center?

We love Detroit and wanted to honor it in our name. We are proud of this city and to be a compassionate, fledgling part of its renaissance. Kush insinuates “high-grade” and that’s the quality of the products that we introduce to our market.

 

What does your provisioning center offer patients that they can’t find anywhere else?

We train our staff to be highly informed and compassionate to our patients’ needs. Since this has been a regulated industry, there isn’t a ton of “science” or “data.” So, we put in the work to find the bits of research that have been published, plus carefully sampling and discussing the effects of each medication so that we’re all informed and can share these experiences with our patients.

How has the cannabis industry changed since you have been in the business? Where would you like to see it go? 

There used to be a stereotypical “cannabis user.” Luckily the veil has been lifted on this miraculous medicine, and people from all walks of life are enjoying the benefits of this incredible plant. The diversity is wonderful to see.

 

What are the biggest challenges you face in this industry as a provisioning center? . . . Biggest joys?  

Banking has been the biggest logistical issue that we run into. Our greatest joy is when a patient comes back to us and tells us how great they feel; it’s incredible. But when we hear how people have gotten off of opiates and pharmaceuticals, it makes all of the challenges and hard work worth it. We know how harsh those medications are in comparison to cannabis—at the end of the day, we’re trying supply people with beneficial options that help them live their most comfortable life. If patients get to us early enough, we truly believe that we could be a solution to their problem. However, some patients are terminal by the time they are introduced to cannabis; at that point, we are just grateful to make them comfortable enough to enjoy their final days.

 

What is the one thing you want patients to know about your provisioning center? Everything we carry is vetted carefully to ensure that the products that we bring to the market are of the highest quality, properly dosed and are made with integrity. We carry a huge variety of different treatments like edibles both sweet and savory, an assortment of different types of CBD products, several different extracts and brands that are always tested, and flower that comes to us from growers who care.

 

If someone wanted to open a provisioning enter and get their feet wet in the industry, what advice or counsel would you give them?

It’s a really challenging industry with lots of varied opinions, so you really have to love what you are doing. At the end of the day, what we do is help people in need. If that makes you feel warm inside, all of the hard work is worth it.

 

What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the cannabis community?

One day, when cannabis is fully accepted again without stigma, we will know that we did our part in bringing this miraculous plant back to the people. We evolved with this plant, and it has so many incredible benefits.

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