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Washington’s Smokane

The wide-open floor plan works with a circular flow that beckons you to browse.

Photo by Daniel Berman

With the intention of getting the city of Spokane hazy, owner Jay Lowe first unveiled the curtain at Washington’s Smokane in 2014. Initially, there were very few Cannabis retail shops in the area, so everyone wanted to see what the fuss was all about. But as the plot thickened with other stores popping up everywhere, he knew that improvements had to be made for differentiation. And the best way to make a difference in the Cannabis world is through distinct variety, offering hand-picked products that span the full spectrum. 

Grab and Go

Nearby students from Gonzaga frequent the place, not only when done with midterms – but also when there’s the need to take the edge off when the parental units are visiting. And of course, being very close to I-90 has its advantages when super-serving the out-of-staters from Idaho and Montana. How do they know they’re coming from out of state? Well, it’s pretty obvious when they max out their purchase and the exuberance is written all over their face!

Interior of Smokane.
Photo by Daniel Berman Interior of Smokane.

Fun Scene

The wide-open floor plan works with a circular flow that beckons you to browse. Where most shops line the walls with products, here you peer inward to the center of the shop until multiple laps have allowed you to identify your perfect match. With Biggie waxing in the background, you’ll be waxing when you get home with some of the most celebrated products specific to Eastern Washington. 


Budtender Picks

Photo by Daniel Berman Smokane’s incredible staff.

Flower

Luke: Playa Grande – Green Crack

Rachel: Loud – Runtz

Matt: Torus – Grape GMO

Rodney: Bulldog – Raspberry Kush

Mariah: Root Down – Georgia White

Joints

Rachel: The High Road – Jack The Ripper

Matt: Paris – Gelato

Rodney: Root Down – Blunts

Mariah: Stingers – Time Warp

Joints

Rachel: The High Road – Jack The Ripper

Matt: Paris – Gelato

Rodney: Root Down – Blunts

Mariah: Stingers – Time Warp

Carts

Rachel: Dabstract – Bitch Fuel

Matt: Regulator – Durban Poison

Rodney: Dank Czar – Dosido

Dabs

Rachel: Lifted – Biscotti

Matt: Playa Grande – Mimosa

Rodney: Desaus – Mothra

Mariah: Rooted – Jungle Rain

Edibles

Rachel: June’s – Jalapeno Ranch

Rodney: Ray’s Lemonade – Tropical

Mariah: Honu – Chocolate Turtles

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 December 2021 issue of Northwest Leaf.

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