High times on Broadway: First in new wave of pot dispensaries opens on Capitol Hill

We were right about Seattle’s marijuana boom coming to Capitol Hill — we just had the wrong part of the neighborhood for where it would happen first. The pioneer of Capitol Hill’s “new era dispensaries” has opened on Broadway:

The Apothecary is the 1st MMJ co op on the HILL and open today. Great location great meds great prices……..210 Broadway Ave E. above Castles mega store.

thats 210 Broadway half of 420. Come see us soon

Cass Stewart of Broadway’s brand new The Apothecary sent us a note Tuesday to let CHS know about the new co-op and invite us in for a tour. “Figure I should try to stake the claim of first on Capitol Hill,” he writes. We haven’t taken Stewart up on the offer yet but will definitely add the new enterprise to our schedule. The graphic he included gives you an idea of the services offered at 210 Broadway E — conveniently located above the Castle Megastore and next to, yes, the Highline.

In February, CHS wrote about the wave of dispensaries opening in the city and plans for the Capitol Hill Patient Group to open a dispensary somewhere soon in Pike/Pine. “What you’re going to see on Capitol Hill is the beginning of the new medical marijuana coming to the Hill,” said Philip Dawdy, media and policy director for the Washington Cannabis Association. It looks like that new era will be starting on Broadway.

Stewart said The Apothecary is not affiliated with the Capitol Hill Patient Group. It’s also not affiliated with CHS sponsor Simple Apothecary almost directly across the street from the cannabis co-op at 219 Broadway E. Meanwhile, there might be a few disappointed marijuana shoppers who wander into yet another new apothecary in the area — East Pine’s SugarPill.

You can learn more from The Apothecary’s Facebook page.

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19 thoughts on “High times on Broadway: First in new wave of pot dispensaries opens on Capitol Hill

  1. I notice the ad says “Dr authorizations available.” This is something that many marijuana retail operations are offering, and I have to wonder about how this works….is it just done over the phone when someone wanders into the dispensary? Or does each place have “doctor’s hours” when the assessment is done in person? My guess is that just about anyone, whether they qualify for “medical marijuana” or not, can get an authorization just by paying a fee, and it is an easy way to skirt around the current laws. There is no way some anonymous medical provider, who has never seen the “patient” before, can make an accurate assessment of whether or not he/she qualifies. It really just amounts to someone who wants to buy pot can first purchase an authorization, and this is an abuse of the system which is currently in place.

  2. Not so sure… I wanted to clarify your questions regarding Dr. Authorizations. First and foremost our ideology is “Care Compassion and COMPLIANCE ”
    COMPLIANCE = You cannot get an Authorization over the phone or by just walking into the clinic. You must have medical records from a primary care physician listing your qualifying condition as stated in Washington State Law Chapter 69.51a RCW. If you qualify under state law you can see our clinics physician on pre-set days by appointment only. If qualified you can receive your authorization at that time. Our business model is set up to follow the state guidelines and help qualified patients find a safe and secure place to obtain medicine. I take some offense to your assumption that anyone can get a card and we are abusing the system. The facts are that many legal qualified patients need a safe resource. We have no need or desire to work with, help or assist anyone in any illicit activities. You know what they say when YOU ASSUME SOMETHING.

  3. I have smoked weed a few times for reasons other then for medicinal reasons and am very liberal on this.

    However, in Montana, we legalized weed and it is a complete joke. Waaaaay too many people have a medical card, it is resold to anyone and everyone, the folks growing it are also just selling it out the back door without the worry of being raided etc.

    Bottom line is that it is just not working as it should.

    Again, I am pro weed but it is truly out of hand. What is a good idea on paper has turned into a weed fest totally out of control.

    Let’s hope WA does it better.

  4. When you look at the inside front cover of The Stranger and see an entire page full of Medical Marijuana dispensaries, it’s a pretty easy conclusion to make that an awful lot of people are managing to access medical marijuana that shouldn’t be. You may be fully complying with the law, but let’s not pretend it’s not happening. C’mon, seriously.

  5. “Weed fest totally out of control?”

    I’m really curious what you mean by this. No one is showing up for work anymore? Everyone has gained 20 pounds? People keep losing their train of thought?

  6. Cass, I don’t doubt that you are in compliance with the law. But the law has loopholes that you could drive a truck through. One of the main ones is that one of the qualifying condition is “chronic pain,” which can be claimed by almost anyone who wants to buy some pot for recreational use.

    The reason that most dispensaries offer an easy way to get medical authorization is that many people know their primary care provider will probably not sign the form, or they have asked him/her and been turned down…..because they know that their patient does not really qualify. It would be interesting to know one thing: Of your clients who see your on-site provider, how many get an authorization? I’m guessing the answer would be close to 100%.

  7. I hope people get the drift that the thugs already view these dispensaries as candy stores. There has already been an armed robbery at one location in the Seattle area. Worse things have happened in California.

  8. Bob, your understanding of the law is a bit flawed. “Chronic pain” is not covered. One of the qualifying conditions is “Intractable pain, limited for the purpose of [RCW 69.51A] to mean pain unrelieved by standard medical treatments and medications.”

    Please see Cannabis Defense Coalition’s Washington State Medical Cannabis Primer at http://cdc.coop/primer for more information.

  9. And even worse things have happened at pharmacies, liquor stores, convenience stores, jewelry stores, and banks. Please don’t blame the victims.