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Tacoma’s Emerald Leaves

Always looking to support local artists, the reach goes beyond what is expected from a Cannabis retailer.


Not only is this magnificent depot of dankness a minority-owned shop, but efforts are largely directed toward community improvement. Always looking to support local artists, the reach goes beyond what is expected from a typical Cannabis retailer – with a drive to assist patients who deal with debilitating illnesses and to create a comforting culture through knowledge and empathy for Cannabis lovers from every place on the spectrum. In fact, at 92-years-old, the founder’s mother even uses Cannabis for sleep and stomach pain. 


Founder Duane Dunn came from the IT world of Microsoft and Boeing, where he specialized in contracting work – aerospace, banking, health care, forestry, education, you name it. Then one day when the medical market started revving up, he decided to begin growing in a rental property with a 30-light setup, from which he supplied a lot of dispensaries in the Seattle area. Tacoma is where he chose to set up camp upon winning a retail license, and he actually continued to work a corporate job until having to dedicate his time to the Cannabiz. And he hasn’t looked back since! 


People come from all walks of life to be a part of the Cannabiz. Angela has been emitting strong energy from behind the counter here for four years after a life in the hospitality industry, while Jaden previously worked at a 24-hour cigarette and smoke shop called War Pony. Danny the GM would get cigs from him – until the day he poached his services in 2016 to come budtend – and both are still bringing the good vibes to this very day. 


With a wide-open and airy showroom adorned with a cushy Very Important Pothead area, there’s plenty of space to chill out to read a Northwest Leaf, catch up on IG, or just take in the scenery. Glass walls offer a rare 180-degree perspective of the bustling city outside, while inside the fine finishes and stocked shelves induce butterflies of anticipation. You’ll see the Seahawks pride in a couple of hanging Super Bowl Championship banners, along with identifying mural art making the walls pop into a hip surrounding of local enthusiasm. 


FLOWER The FREDDIE’S Animal Gas is pure FUEGO, and the DOC & YETI Hot Rocks has the super stink like a GMO. Meanwhile, the LIFTED Ice Cream Cake is absolute yum yum, and be sure to check out BLACK AND LOUD produced by some local African American growers – EMERALD LEAVES are the only ones who carry it!

JOINTS Try the TRANQUIL FOREST Gelly Burger 10-pack for a mere 35 bucks. Also, the HIGH TIDE Bear Claw is a beauty, while the LIFTED Sugar Stix will definitely get the job done.

CARTS A must have is the CANNA ORGANIX Rainshadow Runtz, and if you’re looking for high potency distillate, the CANNA WHUPASS is like a stick of dynamic dynamite.

DABS OLEUM brings the live resin, wizard stones or cryotek – your choice. And AGRO COUTURE are proudly local and constantly on sale.

EDIBLES Every flavor of the HI-BURST FRUIT CHEWS are delightfully delicious, while the RAY’S LEMONADES and LEGAL LEMONADES are 100ml for under 20 bucks per soda. Finally, the PIONEER SQUARES are Jaden’s favorite!

Photos by @nwleaf

About Mike Ricker

The first time Ricker smoked weed was at a Santana concert at the age of 12. He then followed in his footsteps as an award-winning radio personality who became notorious for offering a stage for bong toking listeners in 9 different markets over 20 years. In 2016, the Cannabis industry came calling and the rest is history.

This article was originally published in the August 2021 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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