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Seattle's most stunning pot shop
Deemed Seattle’s “Luxury Cannabis Retailer,” this a ritzy establishment with elaborate decorative tile and Greek-style columns presents it product much like how you’d expect a museum to show off its rare artifacts room. Except here, you get to take this stuff home. Premium options featured on the menu here include Colombian Gold (a Solstice sativa) and Narnia, a potent offering from Soul Shine. They also offer pre-rolled joints, edibles, and concentrates.
Capitol Hill (& other locations)
Seattle's most visible legal marijuana dealer
Ike’s boasts outposts on Capitol Hill and in White Center, but it's their flagship location at 23rd & Union (and the class shop in the parking lot) that's served as a sort of billboard for recreational weed, and as the location for various blowouts including one of the city's biggest 4/20 celebrations. It's also a pretty good place to learn about the wide variety of products on their constantly rotating menu… or you could just call 'em at 1-800-GET-DRUGS. See what we mean by visible?
Belltown (& other locations)
Prolific purveyors of Pacific Northwest pot
This rapidly expanding cannabis concern boasts six locations in Washington State (and is about to open outposts in Portland, Salem, Oakland, and Hawaii), but it's the Belltown location, just a few blocks away from the Space Needle, that is the perfect spot to take your out-of-town friends while you’re out giving the requisite Seattle tour. You won't find a more knowledgeable and eager-to-help staff than the crew here. It's one of the highest rated retailers on this list, so if you're new to the world of legal weed, it's a great place to start.
Part modern marijuana shop, part museum
This big, bright open shop offers and almost overwhelming amount of information for you to browse -- their menu is literally a book -- and one whole corner of the place is dedicated to the history and science of marijuana. But don't worry, they've got an expert crew of budtenders to help walk you through it all and regular presentation from people like Chelsea Cebara, an expert on weed and sex... or sex on weed... or whatever, you get the idea.
Ballard (& other locations)
Community-oriented cannabis dealer
Formerly called Stash Pot Shop (they changed the name last year after legal pressure from a tea company), this growing operation now boasts outposts in Ballard and Lake City, the latter of which looks a little like one of the area's strip clubs thanks to the purple neon lining the building. That said, everything else about the place is welcoming, from the TVs playing sports on the wall to regular pop-ups they host (and the concerts they've sponsored at the Tractor Tavern and Showbox). All that is meant to foster a sense of community that sets them apart from other weed retailers.
Literally the greenest weed shop in Seattle. Possibly anywhere.
Open until just before midnight every night, GFC is a lofted industrial space with green everywhere. A green ceiling, green walls, green counters, comfy green couches in the lounge space up front… not to mention they’ve got plenty of green things for you to buy as well. GFC offers flower, pre-rolls, cartridges, concentrates, etc., as well as a large collection of beautiful, and fully functional, glass products. Plus it's close to the stadiums, which should make getting through another interminable Mariners season a little easier.
Ultramodern shop with windows onto its own weed garden
Walking up to the storefront feels a little like walking up to a Tesla dealership. Minimalistic and resplendent with its very own grow lab, Vela has offerings that the gamut of deep-sleep tinctures for insomniacs to vape cartridges galore. Vela frequently hosts gatherings that you can pop into to learn more about marijuana from scientists and growers, as well as get the lowdown on the newest pot paraphernalia from the makers themselves.
The most convenient pot shop for travelers
Located just five minutes from Seatac -- they also have a brand-new location on Vashon Island -- this shop is the perfect place to take someone after a long flight. They've got quality products at seriously good prices thanks to deals like their morning and late night happy hours, plus daily special like "Munchie Mondays" (20% off select edibles), and "Top Shelf Tuesdays."