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Shop Review: Cedar Greens

Cedar Greens is the only retailer in the state to maintain a pharmacist and medical Cannabis consultant on staff.

Photo by Daniel Berman

With gorgeous, natural-wood construction and a waterfall in the lobby, it’s easy to see why Cedar Greens has been voted the most beautiful dispensary in Washington. Walking into the shop is awe inspiring – with high-vaulted ceilings, the sound of water running gently, and a gigantic selection of Cannabis. Here you’ll find a central counter with tons of quick purchase options, a traditional dispensary bar, and a custom-built fridge wall with a giant selection of fresh hash and chilled drinks. With friendly and knowledgeable staff that feel like a family, Cedar Greens is a destination for excellent products and a stunning customer experience.

Medical Focus

As a Tribal-owned retailer, the purpose of offering Cannabis to the community goes beyond making a sale – stretching into community building, harm reduction and medical Cannabis therapy for tribal members, as well as the greater consumer base that frequents the shop. Cedar Greens is the only recreational retailer in the state to maintain a pharmacist and medical Cannabis consultant on staff. Inside, patients are greeted by a licensed pharmacist, who advises patients on Cannabis products, medication complications or recommendations, and support for using Cannabis as an exit drug for opiates or other addictions. This service is provided for free! Additionally, budtenders are medically certified and can help patients sign up for cards, and access the tax break that saves patients the 37% excise tax at non-tribal locations. With a large selection of DOH medically-certified products and a knowledgeable team, Cedar Greens is a fantastic resource for new patients, as well as those shopping with specific medical needs in mind.

Curated Selection

The purchasing team at Cedar Greens is focused on quality above all else, which is a testament to the Tribe’s goals with the store. Instead of focusing on buying the cheapest products at high markups like many volume retailers, the buyers here put relationships with the farms first. By creating positive partnerships, there’s less pressure for profit and more focus on quality. This means that the flower, hash, edibles, and over 100 different pre-rolls on the shelves are bought because they are the best products within a category. This intention can be seen in their curated selection of high-end products, from the beautiful hash fridge to the giant wall of edibles – making Cedar Greens a true connoisseur’s destination.

The Artery of the Peninsula

There’s one main highway to get around on the Peninsula: the iconic US Route 101 that runs all the way from Washington to California. The stretch that Cedar Greens is located on is the proverbial doorstep to the Olympic National Forest, which features amazing hiking and outdoor opportunities year round. A Leaf team favorite is the mile-long Hall of Mosses hike, featuring beautiful old-growth forests and mosses of many varieties. Cedar Greens is an easy turn off the 101, and is part of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe offerings that include the Seven Cedars Resort and Casino. With amazing local seafood at the House of Seven Brothers, the turnoff for great Cannabis can lead to other culinary and gaming adventures. 

Photos by @bermanphotos

About Wes Abney

Wes Abney is the founder and CEO of the Leaf Nation brand family, which began in 2010 as Northwest Leaf magazine. Recognized as the first Cannabis publication in the region, Northwest Leaf defined and developed the medical and recreational Cannabis communities in Washington with free publications focused on quality content and truthful journalism. The model’s success has led to Oregon Leaf in 2014, Alaska Leaf in 2016, Maryland Leaf in 2019, California Leaf in Spring of 2020, and Northeast Leaf in Fall of 2020. Wes’s writing and publishing background began with his college newspaper, The Ebbtide, which included a love for multimedia and creating content on many platforms. The nickname “Bearded Lorax” came after years of publishing millions of free magazines, using his voice to speak for a plant and those that benefit from it. Wes is an activist not only for Cannabis but for alternative medicine treatments, ending the drug war and freeing prisoners who have been wrongfully incarcerated for non-violent crimes. His passion for reaching people with written and spoken words led to the concept of Leaf Life Podcast in partnership with Mike Ricker, which began development in 2018 and launched in January 2019. With the combined passions of Cannabis and a love for broadcasting, the creation of Leaf Life was a natural progression for Leaf Nation as it spread roots across the United States. With over 100 shows recorded, and printing over 100,000 monthly copies, Leaf Nation has become the world’s largest Cannabis media company, while still celebrating the humble roots and truthful journalism that the model was founded upon. Beyond leading a team of 40+ passionate Cannabis creatives, Wes is the father to two beautiful daughters and two furry cats. He lives in Seattle, drinks coffee, and enjoys Cannabis daily, and hopes to eventually transition from a successful Cannabis journalist to a classic coffee shop author as the Leaf continues to grow in the coming decades. In true Lorax fashion, he enjoys hikes in the forest, communing with nature, and reminding people that “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

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