From behind bullet-proof glass, co-owner of Best Buds Co-op Summer Mitchell buzzed me inside to take a look at the newly remodeled space. Magnolia’s newest medical marijuana dispensary opened last week. Located at 2112 Thorndyke Ave W, Best Buds will serve patients 18 and older suffering from ailments ranging from cancer to Multiple Sclerosis.
Summer’s husband Quinn grew up in Ballard, and has suffered from Crohn’s , a debilitating bowel disease since he was 8 years old. He struggled through multiple surgeries and severe pain with little to no relief. That is, until he was introduced to medical marijuana as an adult. The treatment allowed Quinn to work and be productive, virtually pain-free. The couple, former restaurant owners, opened Best Buds to be able to legally offer the same relief to patients going through similar health struggles.
Patients enter the building through the mud room. There they present their WA state ID and recommendation form (similar to a prescription) from their primary care doctor. They are then buzzed into the lobby. After filling out paperwork, they are introduced to the “Bud Tender”- an expert on different types of marijuana. This person knows which strains help different symptoms. Patients can then choose from various forms of marijuana, from drinks, to lollipops to medibles (medicated edibles), or plain old weed. The entire process (minus the time the patient spends “shopping”) takes less than 15 minutes. All products are from state licensed suppliers.
Best Buds has a state of the art security system- the entire 2800 square foot building is monitored by live feed video surveillance. They are only allowed to have a couple of pounds of product in the shop at any one time, and there is no cash or marijuana left overnight on the premises. Everything is wireless- their patient information is not kept on-site. Safety and privacy are of utmost importance to them.
The Mitchells don’t anticipate that Best Buds will impact the neighborhood negatively. Their client base is people who are suffering from extreme illness and disease, They say neighbors need not worry about people hanging out and smoking pot on the street. In fact, patients are not allowed to consume their meds in or around the shop- including on the premises or parked in their car.
The couple looks forward to being a productive part of the Magnolia community. Summer says they are here to “provide safe, secure and affordable access to medical marijuana, and support our surrounding community.” They want to be good neighbors and welcome any complements or complaints at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Buds Cooperative
2112 Thorndyke Ave West
9:30am-7pm, 7 days a week