You enter Green Anne’s lobby with your prescription. There’s a waiting area, much like a doctor’s office. But instead of People magazines and heart-health brochures, you find publications relating to cannabis.
Green Anne’s secretary verifies your Washington state ID and your tamper-free medical-marijuana permit. You’re then greeted by a young man with a tidy, black beard, dreadlocks and a “You’re killing my buzz” T-shirt.
Meet Queen Anne resident Eduardo Beaumont, the manager of Green Anne medical dispensary (312 W. Republican St.).
As he leads you into the bud room, there’s a counter with a giant magnifying glass and bright light. Behind the counter are more than a dozen strains of buds and jars of flowers. There’s also an assortment of O Vape pens, which resemble electronic cigarettes.
Behind you is a bountiful choice of edibles: cupcakes (gluten-free and regular), various bars from pumpkin to chocolate and lemon. There are kettle chips, peanut butter and even strawberry lemonade. All of the Green Anne edibles are infused with cannabis.
Beaumont discusses your medical issues and advises you through your product selection. He explains that there are three main types of cannabis: Indica, Sativa and hybrids, blending the two.
If you suffer from insomnia, he might suggest Granddaddy Purple, an Indica strain. “This works the best for me,” he said. “Indica has a soothing effect; it relieves your pain and nausea and stimulates appetite.”
If you suffer from depression or anxiety, he might suggest Super Silver Haze, a Sativa strain that enhances energy and creativity. “You can use it during the day,” Beaumont assures, “and not worry about getting sleepy.”
What distinguishes Green Anne from other medical dispensaries,” Beaumont said, “is that the owner grows the medicine with all organic nutrients.”
If you’re a nervous, first-timer, Beaumont insists that cannabis is safe.
“There are no recorded fatal instances from cannabis,” he said. “You would have to smoke an amount proportionate to your body mass. For me, that would be 200 pounds, and I would fall asleep long before I finished.”
Beaumont’s relationship with marijuana was purely recreational until, as a film student at the Art Institute of Seattle, he decided to make a film about cannabis.
“I knew absolutely nothing about medical cannabis, so I interviewed doctors, went to CDC (Cannabis Defense Coalition) and attended rallies,” he explained.
Along the way, he had become a legitimate marijuana patient for lower back and shoulder pain. Cannabis even helped his asthma.
After stints with DOPE magazine and Google Maps, Beaumont found himself without a job. But fate intervened.
One late September day in 2012, when his regular medical dispensary was closed, he made his way to Green Anne.
“When I arrived, I recognized a familiar face in the bud room: the manager, Kayleigh,” he said. “I told her I was unemployed; she offered me a job on the spot.”
Beaumont’s customers are mostly local people who work or live in Queen Anne. The majority are regulars: senior citizens dealing with cancer or other intense illnesses; business professionals; ex-hippies, some of whom haven’t smoked for years; and others who have never stopped. One loyal customer summed it up as, “The Green is the queen.”
Green Anne sells cannabis by the gram. Granddaddy, a top seller, is $12 for a tablespoon-sized gram, plus sales tax.
At any given time, the storefront carries between 10 and 16 strains, and Beaumont has sampled most of the them.
Cannabis lovers cheered when Washington voters passed Initiative 502, which decriminalized recreational marijuana and allowed cannabis shops to open to the adult public.
The state Liquor Control Board has yet to hand out permits. It was flooded with applications, and Green Anne was one of them. Out of 3,000-plus applications, only 334 permits will be issued. Beaumont predicts that 40 of them will be located in Seattle neighborhoods within three to six months, and he hopes Green Anne will be one of them.
Prices will rise; regulators are imposing a 25-percent tax, and Seattle is projecting $190 million in annual revenues.
Beaumont estimates sales will triple at Green Anne. When boutiques opened in Colorado, people camped outside all night — there were literally lines around the block.
Beaumont believes Green Anne has an excellent chance of being selected: It’s already established, its location is perfect, it follows the laws impeccably and its reputation is sterling.
Beaumont continues to work on his screenplays every day, balancing film aspirations with his cannabis career.
And he loves his customers. “They’re my neighbors. They’re fascinating people, and they all come through the door with a smile.”
STARLA SMITH is a longtime Queen Anne resident. To suggest a Queen Anne/Magnolia resident to be featured in “Starla Speaks,” email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To comment on this column, write to QAMagNews@nwlink.com.