Mission Statement

In the spirit of ending prohibition and all its harmful effects we work hard every day at A Bud & Leaf, Inc. to enhance the recreational pleasure of people who responsibly enjoy marijuana.

 

Medical Marijuana

The character of the marijuana business in Olympia is changing as a result of some new laws passed last year. These acts are leading to the closure of pot dispensaries in Olympia and creating new ways in which cannabis dispensaries throughout Washington become licensed to operate. In short, the new laws are changing the character of Olympia marijuana purchasing and availability. Some dispensaries will have to cease operating as a result of this law. A number of recreational stores will begin offering medical marijuana to patients. And, there will no longer be cooperatives as they were known before. Instead, coop owners will have to obtain licenses so that they can operate like recreational stores. Needless to say, these laws have generated confusion, controversy and opposition, which is really strong among pot dispensaries in Tacoma, Olympia and Seattle. Washington cannabis dispensaries are all going to be affected.

Meanwhile, A Bud & Leaf is getting in step with the changing times. The store’s application for a medical endorsement was approved by the state last year and now what remains is finding out what the new rules for operating are going to be. New regulations are going to determine what products can be sold to customers that pot dispensaries formerly served as patients what other products can be sold to recreational users at the same stores. Regardless, people can expect that all the products sold at A Bud & Leaf will become better for all customers from now on.

Pesticides

Shock waves rocked people’s nerves across the state when newspaper stories gave disturbing accounts irregularities that the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) had discovered in the operations of certain marijuana producer/processors.  Information that the papers obtained showed that the LCB had issued fines to New Leaf Enterprises, which makes DAMA products and the BMF Washington Company, which makes Liberty Reach products and Ju Ju Joints. The penalties were levied on the companies for using illegal pesticides. The news led some retailers to pull all their DAMA and BMF products off their shelves. Anger rose fiercely in some quarters of the industry, including one major retailer in Seattle who was said to be furious over being deceived by the vendors in question. Some other growers and store owners were alarmed simply to think that they may have sold tainted products to their customers.

 

In the end, the LCB did not force either of the growers to recall any products they had sold. But, the Board did require that none of the plants in question could be propagated any longer. In the meantime, other producer/processors have informed and assured their customers that their products are completely free of illegal pesticides.

 

Maybe Some Day

Two tempting possibilities have been on our minds ever since we opened A Bud & Leaf more than a year ago. One is the idea of giving drive-through service to our customers. Anyone can see the convenience of having a drive-through. People could even be able to phone their orders in advance then come in later to pay and pick up their products. A Bud & Leaf has got the room for it. The only question is “does the city and state have the stomach for it?”

The other notion stirring the pot from time to time is the delivery of products to people at home. The prospect of adding a delivery service feature added to retail marijuana stores was condemned in advance. The idea was destined to fail, and it was killed before it even before it ever came up for consideration. Change may seem to be around the corner the City of Seattle tries to start a pilot delivery program of its own. State approval has to come first and so far it looks as though the bill designed to empower as many as five stores in Seattle area to begin delivering the goods is going nowhere.

Banking and Finance

Thank goodness for credit unions. Without the willingness of credit unions to handle marijuana related business many retail stores would be unable to have bank accounts. They would be forced to conduct all business on a cash-only basis. Things have gotten better with respect to banking services for marijuana stores since legalization began, but not much better. The credit unions that offer financial services to marijuana businesses are a bright light in an otherwise dark sky.

CBD

If anyone thinks combining Washington pot dispensaries with recreational stores is the only troublesome transition facing the new marijuana industry, they’ve got another thought coming. That is due to the vexing question, “What should we do about hemp?” Hemp is another source of helpful products with many positive uses that the federal government has never seen fit to legalize. Hemp has many industrial uses, which include making clothes, rope and a range of other products that are good for people and businesses. But, twisted thinking sustains fear about the association between hemp and marijuana and the singular identification in officials’ minds of marijuana and getting high. Closely related to that brand of thought is the idea that anything having to do with marijuana is just about getting high and therefore, is bad. No one knows how long it will take to turn around this mistaken thought pattern, but in the meantime it is having a real chilling effect of the potential growth and use of CBD products. 

 

Cannabis Dispensaries - Washington

 

Hi there! Is it legal cannabis you’re searching for? We can tell by the look in your eyes!

 

Hopping from one store to another in search of cannabis in Washington? You don’t have to, because Bud & Leaf is right there in your mind about to let you grab a handful of cannabis or marijuana for recreational purpose. You might seem unaware of cannabis in the Washington State, but we would definitely like to bring to your notice that the cannabis or marijuana industry is on the rise catching the fancy of people like you.

 

With a huge number of people expressing their concern for pot in Washington, the rise can be felt slowly and gradually taking to the popularity of this drug used for recreational purpose.

 

We, at Bud & Leaf Recreational Marijuana, one of the leading Washington pot dispensaries, take enormous pride for being listed among the top-notch pioneers uncovering a substance once considered forbidden under the US Federal Law. After having turned away our deep fondness for all things natural, we have devoted every second of our lives harvesting the best marijuana one can ever produce. We feel at a loss for words when we take a good look at our produce. We feel that the Olympians are like minds sharing their thinking with us on what we’ve cultivated.

 

We agree that anyone doing their first time at one of the pot dispensaries in Washington would find themselves trapped in a dilemma. This is because they are bound to find various types of marijuana used for recreational purpose. However, several marijuana products including tinctures, creams, edibles, tonics etc are being sold by Washington cannabis dispensaries.

 

“The Evergreen State” or the State of Washington, as we know it, became one of the first states to approve the use of marijuana, cannabis, or pot for medical purposes way back in 1998. 4 of the 23 states legalized by the US Federal Law to use marijuana its medicinal properties have stringently been following recreational laws. If price and privacy are what you’re deeply concerned about, stop by our store whenever you have time and take your pick. Or, follow our story on Instagram.

Transition

It is tempting to think that the cannabis industry is in some sort of suspended animation right now. Everyone is waiting for the amalgamation of the medical marijuana and retail industries to happen, though it often seems like nothing is going on. Actually, there is a lot going on as professionals across the state are hustling to gain certification as medical cannabis consultants. These candidates come from all walks of life including doctors, nurses, other health care providers, patients old and new, designated providers, et al. The state, through its department of health and LCB is racing to get everything in place by July 1st. By that time, they are going to have the new voluntary database in operation, stores ready, willing and able to register patients and provide them with recognition cards, allowable dosages for edibles as well as concentrates set with everything working in harmony. Okay, that may be a stretch, but key officials in all of the relevant agencies deserve recognition for what they are doing now.

Vape Pens

One of the most interesting groups of products in our store is the section of vape pens. Actually, vape pens are found in nearly all pot dispensaries and recreational stores. They range from very cheap models to really expensive smoking tools. They are the kind of thing that people either like or they shun. One way to look at them is as a step up from juju joints, which most people either like or feel have no affect at all. However, what all agree on is that juju joints are the ultimate in discretion. They take the idea of "sneak a toke" one step better. But, most people ask, if they do not get you high what is the point? Vape pens, more sophisticated devices more than answers the call in that regard because you are going to feel the effect if you hit a vape pen. No doubt about that. The only problem is that some people just don't like the kind of high they get from a pen. Nothing anybody can say about that. The latest variation on that theme is new toy called the Dabulator that we get from Doc Croc, a local. These bad boys have a quarter gram of shatter in them. Needless, to say they have become mighty popular in pot stores and weed dispensaries. We are hoping they help make us the most successful pot store or marijuana shop in town. 

Dabulator

First it was hot then it was not. I am talking about the Dabulator, a disposable vape pen by Doc Croc. When it first came out the Dabulator took our area by storm. People thought, "How cool is that?" and grabbed a hold of those as quick as they could. Even though it is a little hard to master the technique of getting the pens fired up, the quarter gram of shatter they contain made the Dabulators seem well worth the hassle. Good or not though, a quarter gram will only take you so far and once the pens give out you have to throw them away, so slowly but surely their popularity started to play out. Doc Croc conjured a remedy early on and developed a rechargeable Dabulator, which only costs a few bucks more. That one plugs into any USB port and allows recurrent usage. Still, it seems counter intuitive to have a vape pen you expect to toss after a certain umber of tokes carried around in your pocket along with a hot plate so you can hook it up again. 

Merger

The long, drawn out transition into a merged recreational-medical marijuana market in Washington is over. The deal was done officially on July 1, 2016 as many dispensaries either closed or were forced to close while others went through the drill and obtained a recreational license. Not a lot of happy campers out there in MMJ land as a result of this change, but the die was cast a long time ago. Nobody can legitimately feign surprise. Now that the gate has been lifted the race is on to serve those patients who need to be integrated into the new system. The first step in that direction is the new state authorization system. We are glad to be up and running in the new business of making cards for patients, designated providers and minor patients. The process is rough edged to say the least, with snafus aplenty. The system kicks you out, makes you start over kicks you out again. It sometimes won't accept the picture, which you need to be there for a patient in order to make a card. The discounts at the cash register are cool, however, from the customer point of view. So, the value is there. When people realize that the card only costs a dollar - as opposed to the hundreds they have been paying -  there is a positive vibe to say the least. This part is working.

MMJ

Now that we have become established as a medical marijuana vendor I guess you can call us an Olympia dispensary, or one of the pot dispensaries in Olympia, or a weed dispensary, or a marijuana dispensary, or a cannabis dispensary. Whatever you call us - how about plain old A Bud & Leaf, we have arrived. And, it is really fund. For all the doubters out there in the public arena, those who persist in thinking that legalization is a sham and everybody is recreational, the truth is that they should come and observe our business. When people come in who have been using marijuana for medicinal purposes for years they quick give the lie to the myth that this only about getting stoned and having a good time. Marijuana dispensaries in Washington exist for so many more reasons than that. Plus, we get a kick out of issuing cards to patients, designated providers and minor patients who relish not having to carry that cumbersome paper work with them everywhere they look for weed dispensaries in Washington. Satisfaction really is the spice of life!

Changing Times

I read an article today about CBD dabs soon coming into the fore. The piece said that pot shops in Washington and elsewhere will be carrying more and more of these products. It makes sense because people who want to avoid or reduce the psychoactive impact of doing dabs still want to maximize the curative aspects of it The article gave an example of someone who suffered from badly shaking hands. She had barely been able to hold them still for a few seconds or longer but after taking a dab or two she was steady as she goes with the hands. Here at A Bud & Leaf we have been able to carry some concentrates off and on. Products like Kittie's CBD and CBDiesel in the form of wax have sold like lightning and been big hits. It stands to reason that more producer/processors will be carrying these strains. More growers will want to produce them for pot shops in Olympia.

Make it Happen

We have increasingly more people come into A Bud & Leaf asking when higher dosage products are going to be available in recreational stores. They are talking about the more potent edibles and concentrates that people used to buy in dispensaries before the Cannabis Patients Protection Act was passed. Let's face it: the 10 mg per serving limit that rec stores must abide on their edible products do not even come close to meeting the expectations of medical marijuana patients. Those patients are frustrated also by not being able to find their brands. When they ask for products like Cheeba Chews or Smokiez they are frustrated to learn that they are nowhere to be found in the state. This dilemma may be more complicated than we think. Absent the existence of a national market for marijuana products it is always going to be hit or miss when patients and customers visit their favorite rec stores. I am optimistic that a change is gonna come even though we are unable to say when. We know that the Department of Health is working on this because they know how important the matter is to weed shops throughout the state. Weed dispensaries in Tacoma and Seattle in particular have lots of people desirous of getting the real "medibles" that pack the punch people have been used to feeling for years. Something has got to give soon on the choking constraints weed stores even in places like Olympia must labor under to satisfy the unmet needs of their customers.

Reschedule

What can you say about the DEA? The Drug Enforcement Administration is the agency within the Department of Justice responsible for enforcing the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA), a law passed during the Nixon Administration that placed marijuana or cannabis in the same category as drugs that are actually dangerous like heroin. And since the 1970's that label has encouraged law enforcement to treat everyone who uses marijuana like hardened criminals who need to be thrown in jail while they throw away the keys. Such practices were wrong from the beginning, and they remain wrong today. 

One would think that with the success first of weed dispensaries in Washington and then of recreational stores since the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012 that the federal government would relent on following its misguided policies on marijuana. One might opine further that in light of similar success stories in places like Colorado and now Oregon, Alaska and soon in other states that the last nails would have been driven permanently into the coffin of prohibition. But NOOOOO, the DEA, after hinting that it was about to reschedule marijuana before end of the fiscal year in June, then giving the world the silent treatment the whole month of July issued a negative result this month. On the one hand, this means that weed shops in Olympia and other cities will continue to grown and expand their businesses, which is good news. On the other hand, however, it means the unfathomable obduracy of the DEA in sticking to this craziness is here to stay. There is a little bit of light being shed by the recent DEA action on the fortunes of weed enthusiasts in Washington. At least it seems like more than one research institution, the University of Mississippi, will be able to conduct research on marijuana. Scientifically sound, empirically based research is what is required to put to rest all the mythology surrounding the medicinal properties of cannabis. Maybe there is a chance that good solid findings can now come to the fore.

The New York Times is one major national newspaper that has called for rescheduling marijuana. Most recently, on August 18, 2016, the paper reissued its call for removal of marijuana from Schedule 1 of the CSA and opening the gate for research in a published editorial. Yet, it still seems that the DEA is going to persist without letting any bit of rationality invade its policy making process. Shame on them for standing in the way of progress.