Here Are Four of Our Favorite New Pot Shops

Archive
10645 SE Henry St., 503-719-4229, archiveportland.net. 11 am-8 pm. Wednesday-Sunday.

Archive is for canna-sseurs. The shop billed itself when it opened in June as the city’s first fully vertically integrated dispensary—it does everything from seed to sale—but the people behind Archive have been growing for 35 years and opened Archive Seed Company in the early 2000s. You feel like you’re an insider when you’re here because of the casualness: industrial stone floors, prices scribbled on a white board, dudes in different marijuana leaf-emblemed gear walking in and out, and trays of 2-foot-high clones in the back room. And the products and prices feel insidery too: Rich Extracts rosin for $40, 1-gram pre-rolls for $7, and nearly 40 seed varieties. SOPHIA JUNE.

Related: Here’s a Map of Every Dispensary in Portland

New Amsterdam
2201 N Killingsworth St., 503-558-5678, thenewamsterdam.com. 10 am-10 pm Sunday-Thursday, 10 am-7 pm Friday, closed Saturday.

(Henry Cromett)
(Henry Cromett)

Walking into New Amsterdam is like scrolling through the Instagram profile of an advertising major who calls himself a “creative.” Designed by Carlos Wigle—the New York creative director behind Jose Cuervo, Tropicana and Toms Shoes ads—the place carries a glow of hip minimalism, from the floor-to-ceiling black paint to the hand-stamped white paper shopping bags to the 24-karat gold rolling paper. It’s had time to achieve this aesthetic: New Amsterdam got its license two years ago, but after being delayed by building-code snafus in the former Beaterville Cafe spot, it finally opened in June. One gram of flower runs $12 to $15, while you can get a half-gram pre-roll for $3.75 and a gram for $7. The most fun buy, though, is the pre-roll flight, a fat container of 14 half-gram pre-rolls for $43. Pro tip: Follow New Amsterdam on Leafly, where it regularly posts one-off deals. On a random Tuesday evening, it was offering 30 percent off everything. Dope. SOPHIA JUNE.

Related: A Guide to Every Dispensary in Portland

Satchel
6900 N Interstate Ave., 503-206-4725, satchelpdx.com. 10 am-10 pm daily.

(Jake Southard)
(Jake Southard)

The lobby of Satchel, which opened in March, is like an art gallery, with huge glossy photos of close-up buds and concentrates in sleek white frames. When you enter the room, the art gets even cooler, with pop culture mosaics from local artist Dakota Anding.

(Jake Southard)
(Jake Southard)

When you pair a pink and red mosaic portrait of David Bowie with a dozen brightly lit clones, the shop looks like the slickest stoner den of all time. And like your true stoner buds, the staff tries to keep it as cheap as possible for you. When you make your first purchase, you get a 1-gram pre-roll for just $1.25—the dispensary equivalent of your dealer smoking you out. But unlike your dealer, the people at Satchel want to teach you to fish: They have a large stock of seeds, starting at $40. SOPHIA JUNE.

Related: You Just Bought Some Weed…Now What?

Serra
2519 SE Belmont St., 971-544-7055; 220 SW 1st Ave., 971-279-5613; serracannabis.com. 10 am-10 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday.

(Megan Nanna)
(Megan Nanna)

Serra is the pot-shop equivalent of Anthropologie. From the gold detail on the light fixtures to the origami-wrapped chopsticks for measuring buds, the chic setup uses every opportunity to incorporate minimalist sophistication. Across the room from the modest edible/concentrate selection from vendors like Luminous Botanicals and Wyld gummies sit impossibly trendy ombre pipes from Hacienda Ware and Summerland ceramic bongs. Rather than be limited by the illogical binary of indica and sativa, you can even pick from a combination of six “feelings” when selecting your strain from the array of indigo-stained ceramic dishes: relaxation, focus, creativity, happiness, pain relief and energy. LAUREN TERRY.

Related: Portland Has Its Own Pot Shop Equivalent of Anthropolgie

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Welcome to the 2016 Harvest Issue

Why Isn’t Our Cannabis Sustainable Yet? It’s Complicated

Are Growing Regions the Next Defining Factor for the Oregon Cannabis Industry?

What We Learned In Our Second Year of Growing Weed in the Office

Why Hemp and Marijuana Farmers Had a Messy Breakup—And What Happens Now

Four of Our Favorite New Pot Shops

These Are the Nine Cannabis Products We’re Excited About Right Now

Now That Weed Is Legal, What Will Become of Stoney Old Events Like Hempstalk?

How Is Legalization Affecting Old-School Head Shops?

It’s hard to remember now, but back in 2014, the best place for anyone in Portland to pick up a good piece of smokable glass was the old neighborhood head shop.

Not so long ago, the city was full of weed-centric stores that didn’t actually sell weed—instead content to be paraphernalia shops that doubled as community centers for the cannabis-inclined.


Related: Now That Weed Is Legal, Can We Finally Start Calling A Bong, A Bong?


In the wake of legalization, most dispensaries now carry a range of high-end glass. So, we wondered, how are Portland’s oldest head shops doing? Are they struggling because of competition, or thriving with new customers? A little of both, it turns out.

For North Lombard Street’s Pype’s Palace, which opened in 1976, legalization has been a boon, with ’70s-vintage stoners feeling liberated to return to cannabis.

“It’s been like an old-school reunion,” says co-owner Patty Collins. “When it became legal, they came out of the woodwork. We’re fixing their old bongs they pulled out of the attic.”


Related: The Story Behind Portland’s Oldest Head Shop


In the past year, Pype’s has filled its glass showcases with concentrate pens, more oil rigs and especially vapes. “That’s probably our hottest-selling new product,” Collins says. “Some of the old-timers can’t smoke like they used to, so they’re going for the dry vaporizers because it’s easier on the lungs.”

Things have been different at Third Eye Shoppe on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.

“We’re all competing with the internet and the convenience of pointing and clicking, and Chinese glass,” says owner Mark Herer, son of late cannabis legend Jack Herer, who co-founded Third Eye in 1987. “People will come in the shop and ask, ‘Is that the best price you have to offer?’ They’re willing to squabble and haggle over pricing. Do you go into Fred Meyer and ask, ‘Is this the best price on bread or a gallon of milk?’”


Related: Testing the Throwback Super-Strains of the ’70s


Third Eye, which sells all-local glass, feels it’s losing customers to dispensaries. “There are more dispensaries than liquor stores in the state of Oregon,” Herer says. “I mean, it’s a great day—my father would be proud. But at the same time, it’s killing the competition.”

Herer says he might have to change some of his business practices, especially when it comes to employee benefits. “I’ve always paid their medical, dental and vision benefits; not a penny comes out of their pocket,” he says. “I’m at a point where I’m forced to decide whether to keep with that practice. It’s a very sad day in the universe for me.”


Related: Celebrate Marijuana Legalization at Portland’s Classic Head Shops


At Silver Spoon Smoke Shop on Southwest Barbur Boulevard, the strategy for dealing with new competition in glass sales is diversification. This year, the family-run head shop installed a disc-golf display, clearing an entire section of the store to make room for a colorful arrangement of discs.

“There was nowhere on this side of town with a big selection [of discs],” says owner Ben McEwan. “People were driving all the way downtown from this side of town. We liked it, so we put it in.”

McEwan has seen a noticeable uptick in baby boomers coming through the store since weed became legal.

“The older generation are the new customers,” he says. “I get a lot more older people buying their first bongs.”

Top Cannabis Dispensaries Across Portland

Portland is home to many places where you can legally buy weed, but not all of them are created equal. The Green Mile—a 100-block-plus stretch of Sandy Boulevard with a concentration of dispensaries higher than a college kid after his first dab—begins in Kerns. In honor of Sandy’s place as the epicenter of Portland pot, we’ll let you in on a few of our favorite dispensaries across town. Want to know more? Pick up a copy of the Potlander, Willamette Week’s guide to the 75 best Portland dispensaries, or visit wweek.com/potlander for our full guide to Portland’s 75 best dispensaries and more.

Belmont Collective
2036 SE Belmont St.

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With a focus on farm-to-bowl premium micro-crops and lo-fi aesthetics, Belmont Collective is for those who want to know exactly where their dope comes from. 

Calyxes
7501 SW Capitol Highway, Suite A

(Kyle Key)
(Kyle Key)

The country’s first 100 percent Clean Green Certified dispensary happens to be a haven of high-end weed nestled in the cozy enclave just beyond the Southwest Hills. 

Collective Awakenings
2823 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-206-7090, collectiveawakenings.com.

(Kyle Key)
(Kyle Key)

The lobby of this Green Mile gem is the first clue that you’re not at your average dispensary. It’s all reclaimed wood panels, and there’s a resident Australian bearded dragon named Gary. You’ll feel like you’ve wandered into a magical forest—this place is enchanted.

Farma
916 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

The dispensary’s answer to the fine-dining restaurant, Farma’s scientific, meticulous approach treats cannabis like René Redzepi treats whale blubber. 

Jayne
2145 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

(Andrew Koczian)
(Andrew Koczian)

From topiaries to patterned wallpaper to joints in a vintage picture frame, this well-coiffed store is probably the most Pinterest-worthy pot shop in Portland. 

Mindrite
1780 NW Marshall St.

(kylekeyphotography.com)
(kylekeyphotography.com)

MindRite focuses on procuring the best flower money can buy, working with craft growers to bring the yopros of Slabtown and Nob Hill strains they can’t find anywhere else. 

Nectar
Multiple locations across Portland.

(Emily Joan Greene)
(Emily Joan Greene)

The Fred Meyer of Portland cannabis shops’ greatest strength is its menu: This is the place to go when you’re not sure what your out-of-town friend really wants. 

Serra
220 SW 1st Ave., 2519 SE Belmont St.

(Emma Browne)
(Emma Browne)

One of the newest kids on the block is also one of the fanciest, offering “fine drugs” in a space built like an Anthropologie for weed. 

How to Hit Portland’s Dispensaries on a Dime

By Janelle Albukhari

As a freelance writer, I know what it means to live the cheap life. While it definitely has its own set of unique pleasures—eating copious amounts of Taco Bell and listening to crackheads on the bus—being broke is rough overall.

Luckily, there are plenty of dispensary deals floating around the city, so I decided to round up several opportunities to make your day a little brighter. Here are my picks for the best dispensaries on a dime. These are deals on flower. Since recreational oils and concentrates are newer to the game, they’re more likely to fluctuate in price.

Bloom

2637 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-444-7538, bloomportland.com.

Daniel Cole
Daniel Cole

Related: Bloom feels like a quick stop for neighborhood guys in baseball caps and pristine Kobe 11s.

Bloom knows how to have a good time. The dispensary is fond of throwing special events that are not only awesome (free barbecue!) but come with some crazy deals on flower, too. Bloom has a rotating $20 “out the door” special (including tax) on eighths. The strain changes frequently, so be sure to stop by when you can.

Fresh Buds PDX

110 SE Main St., 503-477-4261.

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Related: Fresh Buds PDX Prides Itself on Good Vibes and Short Lines

You’ll want to sign up for this shop’s mailing list ASAP, because the deals are flat-out insane. In June, I purchased an eighth of Shiskaberry (at a nice 22.26 percent THC) for a mere $15. Grams were available for $5. These beautiful, leafy miracles are well-advertised in Fresh Buds’ newsletter and occur on a semi-regular basis. Hell, the shop has even offered $14 eighths and $4 grams of Sugar Pine.

Blue Sky

729 SE Powell Blvd., 971-319-6298.

Emily Joan Greene
Emily Joan Greene

Related: Make Bulk Purchases of Value Strains at Blue Sky

If you leave a review of Blue Sky on Weedmaps, you can snag a gram of any strain for a penny. You also get 5 percent of your total purchases back at the end of the month, which you can redeem like cash to get extra discounts.

Attis Trading Company

2606 SE Gladstone St., 971-544-7685, attistrading.com.

Henry Cromett
Henry Cromett

Related: Attis Is One of Oregon’s Top Emerging Chains

Not all cannabis is created equal, and sometimes budget weed has a noticeable dip in quality. Well, Attis’ impressive lineup offers a variety of strains on the cheap without having to skimp. Impressive offers include $6 grams and $20 eighths of Bubblegum (23.16 percent THC), $25 eighths of Platinum Girl Scout Cookies, and other favorites like Dutch Treat and Jillybean for $30 an eighth.

Terpene Station

1436 SE Powell Blvd., 503-477-8380, terpsstation.com.

Home to one of my favorite strains, Blue Shark, Terpene Station also features a rotating eighth special for $25. There are usually a couple of strains to try—three as of July 6—and the flower here looks much fresher than the bargain-bin stuff at other places.

Related: Five Anti-Anxiety Cannabis Strains to Try

Farma

916 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-206-4357, farmapdx.com.

Thomas Teal
Thomas Teal

Often hailed as one of the best dispensaries in the city for its focus on patient care, Farma has a little something for everyone, including a weekly strain of pre-packaged eighths for $25. I nabbed Face Off OG at 17 percent THC, but there are plenty of other great contenders from the regular menu like $8 grams and $27 eighths of Vintage Pakistani. At 24.4 percent THC, it’s one of the most potent strains you can get for your money.

Canna and the City

3607 SW Corbett Ave., 503-719-7216, cannaandthecity.com.

(Andrew Koczian)
(Andrew Koczian)

Related: Go to Canna in the City for Small Farm Strains

At $35 for an eighth, the deals here are a bit pricier than at other places in town. However, you get what you pay for, and the “bargain bin” strains are by far the best I’ve had in terms of quality. I’ve purchased everything from Chemdawg to Death Star, and the strains are always super-fresh, thanks to management’s enthusiasm for rotating flower.

Oregon’s Counties Still Living Under Cannabis Prohibition, Mapped.

Last October, Oregon officially legalized the sale of recreational cannabis after a successful 56 percent “yes” vote on Measure 91.

However, the law allowed counties and cities to opt out of legalization. And some have: 87 cities and 19 counties chose not to legalize.

A year after sales began, we decided to map out the areas of Oregon still living under prohibition. And, as a service to all those who find themselves in one, the nearest dispensaries from those red zones.

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CITIES WHERE WEED IS STILL ILLEGAL:

A. Scappoose; B. Forest Grove;  C. Cornelius; D. Fairview;
E. Oregon City, Wilsonville, West Linn, Sherwood, Lake Oswego, Damascus, Happy Valley; F. Sandy; G. Maupin; H. Shaniko; I. Manzanita; J. Junction City; K. Coburg; L. Creswell; M. Myrtle Point; N. Grants Pass; O. Shady Cove; P. Eagle Point; Q. Medford; R. Jacksonville

 DISPENSARIES NEAR THE RED ZONES:

1. The Flowershop, 56821 Columbia River Highway, Warren. 5 miles from Scappoose.

2. Mahalo, 353 SW Walnut St., Hillsboro. 6 miles from Forest Grove. 3 miles from Cornelius.

3. Go to Portland for a dispensary if you live in Oregon City, Wilsonville, Sherwood, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Damascus, Fairview, Happy Valley or Sandy.

4. Bloom Well, 1814 NE Division St., Bend. Go here if you’re visiting Bend from the east.

5. High Desert Dispensary, 1825 Highway 97, Madras. 49 miles away from Maupin. 39 miles from Shaniko.

6. La Mota, 158 N Highway 101, Rockaway Beach. 12 miles from Manzanita.

7. The Herbal Connection, 463 River Ave., Eugene. 12 miles from Junction City.

8. Nectar Cannabis, 340 River Road, Eugene. 10 miles from Coburg. 17 miles from Creswell.

9. Herbal Choices Dispensary, 63247 Troller Road, Charleston. 30 miles from Myrtle Point.

10. Rogue Valley Cannabis, 6388 Crater Lake Ave., Central Point. 15 miles from Shady Cove. 5 miles from Eagle Point.

11. Breeze Botanicals, 315 2nd Ave., Gold Hill. 13 miles from Medford. 11 miles from Jacksonville. 18 miles from Grant Pass.

Portland Has Its Own Pot Shop Equivalent of Anthropolgie

By now, you’ve probably noticed an increased subtlety to the storefronts of cannabis dispensaries. Portland’s newest shops look less like stoner dens and more like mysterious botany stores. For long-term patients, it’s jarring to reconcile these shiny new dispensaries with the bulletproof windows that budtenders slid our Ziploc baggie of medicine through a few years ago. Many customers still feel a breeze of shame as they walk away with a brown bag wadded in their palm.

Related: Portland Marijuana Dispensary Directory 2016

“When I talked to people about visiting dispensaries, they sounded like they felt guilty, like walking into a porn shop,” says Portland native Cambria Benson, director of marketing for Serra dispensary.

So Benson set out to create a space where customers feel comfortable shopping for cannabis without any sense of wrongdoing. And she succeeded. When you leave Serra, the feeling is similar to leaving Anthropologie: slightly numbed by the curated beauty of the place, a sense of being underdressed, but without the guilt of paying too much for something you’ll ruin in one smoke sesh.

(Megan Nanna)
(Megan Nanna)

The reception desk at Serra’s Southeast Belmont Street shop resembles the lobby of a boutique hotel. At Serra’s new downtown location on Southwest 1st Avenue, there’s a La Marzocco espresso machine on the white granite tabletop. From the gold details on the light fixtures to the origami-wrapped chopsticks for measuring buds, the chic setup uses every opportunity to incorporate minimalist sophistication. That includes the dainty, greenhouse-style display cases. The combination-lock stash bags for sale can double as stylish leather clutches, and the rose-gold grinders look like they belong in a velvet-cushioned Rolex case.

Across the room from the modest edible/concentrate selection from vendors like Luminous Botanicals and Wyld gummies sit impossibly trendy ombre pipes from Hacienda Ware, Summerland ceramic bongs, and the best old-time joint roller in Portland.

Related: 6 Edibles We Love

Benson and her team take the inventory as seriously as the design. Rather than the limited and illogical binary of indica and sativa, you can select a combination of six “feelings” when deciding your strain from the array of indigo-stained ceramic dishes: relaxation, focus, creativity, happiness, pain relief and energy.

Serra worked with Pruf Cultivar on customized strains for its menu, and carries local vendors at each location. With a shop in Eugene, Serra has easy access to Southern Oregon flower. After describing my ideal strain as “happiness, energy and creativity,” I was recommended Smarties, a strain with 25.5 percent THC—and you feel every bit of that. Reflective of its kush genes, Smarties has a sweet, skunky scent, and provides a happy, sociable high. Although it didn’t make me lazy, I spent a lot of that focused energy editing a picture of my cat for Instagram.

Luxury dispensaries are not without critics, of course. This high-end pot shop replaced the beloved Belmont Bodega, and I can imagine old-school stoners grumbling about the pink mood crystals on the shelves and the posh furnishings. But peel back the sleek decor and you’ll find sincere people with their hearts and business in the right place. Serra’s high-quality medicine is pricier than most because it’s carefully grown, and the shop is doing good work to educate the public about the complexities of cannabis genetics.

GO: Serra, 2519 SE Belmont St., 971-544-7055; 220 SW 1st Ave., 971-279-5613; serracannabis.com. 10 am-10 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday.

Weed and Strippers in East Portland

Pitiful Princess (pictured above)

12646 SE Division St., 503-954-1019.

Pitiful Princess brings the drama. Not only are moralizing Oregonian writers obsessed with the place—it’s weathered brutal columns from heavy-hitters Anna Griffin and Steve Duin—but it also has some issues with professionalism and/or workforce morale. “I thought those bitches were my friends, and then they pull this shit,” the bartender explained to the gentleman on the stool next to us. “But I threw that fucking cunt out of here, and just texted her and told her not to fucking come back.” The bartender, herself a former dancer, showed her Android, and I can confirm that she said exactly that. Get past the name, and the dancer drama, and Pitiful Princess actually is a pretty pleasant hangout. It vaguely channels the basement from That ’70s Show through wood paneling and a pool table. All music played is contemporaneous with Marcy Playground, which probably makes it oldies to the Saturday-night dancers. Those dancers are young and not especially practiced in their craft, but the beer’s cheap and the vibe’s chill. Compared to some other clubs we visited in East Portland, it might as well be Mary’s. MARTIN CIZMAR.

Club 205

9939 SE Stark St., 503-256-0527, club205live.com.

If East Portland has a Magic Garden (R.I.P.) or Sassy’s, it’s Club 205. The cocktails are reasonable during regular hours ($6 Maker’s!) and insanely cheap at happy hours ($1.50 well vodka and drafts till 5 pm!). The front section might as well be any dive bar in Portland—a rail of wood staffed by no-nonsense vets who favor regulars with their pours and lighten up on drunks, the food fried and decent. The main room is a triple-stack of octagonal stages of varying sizes—two with poles, one with a swing—with tatted and pierced dancers heavy on upside-down pole craft, small talk and the ability to extend most of their body beyond the stage. When you walk in, even if you’ve never been, your cockles are warmed by the sense of the familiar. Here you are in Portland—so much Portland. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

Mystic and Falco’s

9950 SE Stark St., 503-477-9523 (Mystic), 503-477-9628 (Falco’s), mysticpdx.com.

Mystic strip club and its adjunct dive bar, Falco’s, have been the scene of so much tragedy—shootings in the parking lot, a security guard shot within, a woman driven to a Fairview lake and killed—it sort of pervades the air a little, with a memorial shrine to the fallen on Falco’s bar. While Mystic is like a dive-bar version of a gentlemen’s club—club bangers, a haze of neon and high-priced drinks, heavy tats on dancers that tend toward the skull-and-full-back-spider-web variety—Falco’s is a tight-knit, community-minded pool dive with a couple tables and a few sports screens, serving strip-club steaks at strip-club prices ($5 cheap!). “Home of the Cheap Date,” says the sign, right next to the club that’s home to the expensive date. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

Ascend

13836 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-432-8937, ascenddispensary.com.

Ascend

Ascend is hidden in the corner of a nondescript strip mall along Portland’s Green Mile, and thus easy to miss. It’s not a spot for tourists and looky-loos—it’s popular with neighbors and the blue-collar workers in the nearby industrial zone. Ascend’s longtime partner Toke Joints teams with it to sponsor locally run cannabis-industry events and, naturally, provides the shop with among the best joint selections in town. High-CBD strains and clones are available, but the latter tend to disappear quickly. Credit cards are accepted without transaction fees. TYLER HURST.

CannaDaddy’s

Andrew Koczian
Andrew Koczian

16955 SE Division St., 971-279-4932, canna-daddys.com.

Starting on the day this piece publishes prints (June 15), high-volume eastside dispensary CannaDaddy’s will be moving into a massive new space pretty much across the street, at 17020 SE Division St.—opening as soon as June 19, according to staff at the current store. So the sparkling clean store will move its current two walls of weed into a much vaster, 6,500-square-foot space with a whopping 10 registers. And to choose among the store’s 100 strains, visitors will have access to the entire Leafly library in the reception area on iPad screens, to winnow down their needs before talking to the budtenders within.  SOPHIA JUNE.

Budlandia

6440 SE Division St., 503-805-2871.

From the street, it’s impossible to determine whether this dispensary is open, and the ambiguity isn’t cleared up once you’re in the waiting room. There are no chairs, signs or people to greet you when you enter, just a wall of bulletproof glass through which you’ll eventually offer your ID once someone has come back to check if there are visitors. After you’ve gotten through the DMV entryway, you’ll be ushered into a dark, space age-y interior. Budlandia offers anywhere from 25 to 30 strains at a time, most of which are sourced through Ripped City or Ring of Fire, and the staff seems genuinely excited to talk about the flower on hand. The prices are reasonable, and the selection is adequate, so don’t let the creepy entrance deter you. GRACE CULHANE.

Nectar

1019 NE 122nd Ave., 971-279-2512, nectarpdx.com.

Chelsea Myers, a Nectar budtender, weighs out flower for a medical user. / Lisa Dunn
Chelsea Myers, a Nectar budtender, weighs out flower for a medical user. / Lisa Dunn

Nectar may be the Fred Meyer of Portland weed, but the 122nd Avenue location is more like Fred Meyer’s country home, with a little walk leading to a red-painted house that looks a little like a log cabin—with a much more modern store within that includes a sculpture of what the baby might look like if a cheetah fucked an elephant. As at other Nectars, pre-rolls fly off the shelves here, as do the weekly BOGO eighths. It’s tough to recommend any one thing, because the Fred Meyer of Portland cannabis shops’ greatest strength is its menu. This is the place to go when you’re not sure what your out-of-town friend really wants. TYLER HURST.

Five Zero Trees

10209 SE Division St., Building B, Suite 100, 971-242-8492, fivezerotrees.com.

When your GPS app indicates you’ve arrived at Five Zero Trees, you’ll probably think it’s a joke. Masking the dispensary from street view is Blessings, a massive Christian resource center. But have faith and drive in anyway; salvation is just across the parking lot. From the outside, Five Zero Trees looks like the backside of an abandoned Party Depot. But inside, it feels like a seaside spa, with walls made of dark wood planks with light-blue chipped paint for a manufactured vintage effect, dim lighting and a wall full of clear glass. I half expected my budtender in Princess Leia braids to offer me an eyebrow wax with my $2 white chocolate raspberry edible. The dispensary, which opened in 2013, is mainly medicinal, but the pot connoisseur will also feel at home, with 50-plus strain selections, predominantly from in-house growers. Five Zero Trees is known for its high-end BHO, which goes for $50 a gram. But for a more casual experience, the pre-rolls are huge and a bargain at $25 for three, and top-shelf recreational goes for $13 a gram. SOPHIA JUNE.

Green Gratitude

10322 SE Holgate Blvd., 503-444-7707, 420greengratitude.com.

Green Gratitude

Oreo-ed between a Plaid Pantry and a sushi joint, this dispensary has more to offer than Google Street View suggests. Inside the wide-open budroom is a fat selection of glass, two flower stations, an edibles fridge, and a clone cubby. Did I mention it feels like an underground lounge? I spied a bong with a Smokey Bear logo on the neck and couldn’t help but giggle. I was happily surprised to find the elusive chronic variety Snoop’s Dream and snatched it up. Green Gratitude also has high-CBD flower varieties. I strolled out of the place with one called Happy Medium in a damn fine pre-roll. K.C. SWAIN.

Head East

13250 SE Division St., 503-761-3777, headeastpdx.com.

Head East head shop is a family affair—started first in 1976 by Robert Smalley and then continued by his son Paul, who hung out there growing up. The checkerboard-floored shop bears the imprints of its long history with items that stretch back years, glass from all over (including a blower in Smalley’s own shop), hammocks, jewelry, figurines and Rastafarian garb. Lately, it’s selling a lot of nouveau herbs like kratom, not to mention plenty of hookah shisha and out-there glass like a light-up pipe with sculptured eyes opening from nonspecific biology. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

Sweet Leaf

2367 SE 122nd Ave., 971-703-4552, sweetleafmarijuana.com.

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On a far corner of Division Street, in what looks like an In-N-Out that’s been whitewashed, Sweet Leaf will show you what a dispensary should be. The best items for sale include discounted five-packs of assorted pre-rolls (why doesn’t every shop do this?), Golden Xtrx THC dabs, and a glass selection almost unrivaled at other Portland shops. Want to smoke out of a bacon-shaped pipe? Want a handmade piece shaped like a beagle that is more fine art than drug paraphernalia? Across the huge, minimalist room, a colorful retail rack looks straight from American Apparel and stocks beanies, a hot-pink tank dress, and branded tees you’d actually wear. Surrounded by potholed roads and fast-food joints, Sweet Leaf is like an Apple Store of weed, with the minimalist aesthetic and iMacs on the checkout counter to prove it. ENID SPITZ.

(Christine Dong)

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Five Zero Trees

10209 SE Division St., Building B, Suite 100, 971-242-8492, fivezerotrees.com. 9 am-9 pm daily.

When your GPS app indicates you’ve arrived at Five Zero Trees, you’ll probably think it’s a joke. Masking the dispensary from street view is Blessings, a massive Christian resource center. But have faith and drive in anyway; salvation is just across the parking lot. From the outside, Five Zero Trees looks like the backside of an abandoned Party Depot. But inside, it feels like a seaside spa, with walls made of dark wood planks with light-blue chipped paint for a manufactured vintage effect, dim lighting and a wall full of clear glass. I half expected my budtender in Princess Leia braids to offer me an eyebrow wax with my $2 white chocolate raspberry edible. The dispensary, which opened in 2013, is mainly medicinal, but the pot connoisseur will also feel at home, with 50-plus strain selections, predominantly from in-house growers. Five Zero Trees is known for its high-end BHO, which goes for $50 a gram. But for a more casual experience, the pre-rolls are huge and a bargain at $25 for three, and top-shelf recreational goes for $13 a gram.

Cannabis Road Trip: Vancouver

Remember getting jammed up in traffic during that brief period when Washington’s weed was legal and Oregon wasn’t? Yeah, that sucked. Well, you might not believe this, but there are still good reasons to cross the bridge to Vancouver to buy cannabis.

Maybe you don’t want your personal information and purchasing habits recorded in a state database—Washington dispensaries just card you like a bar. Maybe you need to do your shopping earlier or later than Oregon law allows—Washington shops open an hour earlier and stay open an hour later. Maybe you want recreational concentrates. Maybe you want to sample the wares of a new grower or try the wild array of edibles available there.

Here are our favorite places to shop in the ’Couv.

High 5

6511 NE 137th Ave., Vancouver, 360-947-5404, high5cannabis.com. 8 am-11 pm daily.

This very stylish shop next to a CrossFit gym on the outer edge of town is the new kid on the block. Inside, it has a large selection of concentrates, a reasonable selection of flower and some interesting new products like pre-rolled canna cigarettes with black filters, which are packaged in a little gold tin. The clerk isn’t exactly sure why anybody would want a joint with a cigarette filter, but he’s stoked to talk about shatter.

New Vansterdam

6515 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, 360-597-4739, newvansterdam.com. 8 am-11 pm daily.

New Vansterdam is always one of the state’s leading retailers by volume, and if you stop in at its market on Mill Plain you’ll understand why. This is very much a next-gen cannabis shop, where only the first page of the thick product book goes to flower, and everything thereafter to a massive selection of products made from the plant, including edibles. It’s heavily staffed by employees who are accustomed to being busy. If you want something really specific, like high-CBD concentrates, they’ll quickly flip through the book to show you the options, which include everything from a disposable vape to peanut butter cookies to hard candies to tinctures. They’re not going to dawdle making specific recommendations, though.

GreenHead Cannabis

2815 St. Johns Blvd., Vancouver, 360-433-9753, greenheadcannabis.com. 9 am-9 pm Sunday-Wednesday, 9 am-10 pm Thursday-Saturday.

It’s rare to find a cannabis dispensary with a waiting lounge where you’d actually enjoy spending 10 minutes chilling while smooth electronic music plays. Welcome to the hipstery GreenHead, which splits the difference between Farma and the ill-fated Prohibition-themed Brooklyn Holding Company. This is a place where people show up asking for sugar-free edibles while browsing through the heavy-bound menu book organized by effect with categories like “SleepyHead” and “TalkingHead.” If you’re ready to ball out, GreenHead sells a $79 hash blunt that comes in a wax-dipped glass tube, like Maker’s Mark. The budtenders are excited to talk about this, or any other details of law or commerce.

Main Street Marijuana

2314 Main St., Vancouver, 360-828-7737, mainstmj.com9 am-10 pm daily.

Located on a choice stretch of Main Street in downtown Vancouver—there’s a record shop next door and a brewery with food carts across the street—this is one of the hipper spots in the city. There’s a vast selection of flower.


The Herbery

212 NE 164th Ave., Suite 11, 360-841-7500; 6018 NE St. Johns Road, Suite D, 360-841-7505; theherberynw.com. 9 am-10 pm Monday-Saturday, 9 am-9 pm Sunday.

The Herbery on 164th is what Portlanders think of when they think of Vancouver, right down to the dubstep on the speakers and the island-themed cafe next door. There’s a little of everything at this utility stop. 

High End Market Place

1906 Broadway St., Vancouver, Wash., 360-695-3612, highendmarketplace.com. 9 am-9 pm Sunday-Wednesday, 9 am-10 pm Thursday-Saturday.

This little bungalow is the shop you’d want in your own neighborhood—low-key, civic-minded, with a large selection and good daily specials.

Road Trip: Oregon’s North Coast

The Farmacy

2911 Marine Drive, Astoria, 503-325-3276, thefarmacy420.com. 10 am-7 pm Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm Saturday, noon-4 pm Sunday.

A clean, professional lobby—it looks like a doctor’s office—contrasts sharply with a small, cozy and dimly lit room in the back, brimming with the scent of high-quality product to make you salivate. Though small in space, the selection is large. Prices are competitive, and there’s a punch card for regular customers. The owners—one carries a parrot on his shoulder—left careers to pursue this dream, and their enthusiasm is apparent. TC.

Highway 420

1803 S Roosevelt Drive, Suite C, Seaside, 503-717-5045. 10 am-7 pm daily. Cash only.

Located on Highway 101 in Seaside, this spot is decorated like a teenage stoner’s dream bedroom. Basically a head shop with a tiny dispensary in the back, the huge front room features an extensive glass collection, Bob Marley flags, a female rasta mannequin, Pink Floyd posters and a 10-year-old boa constrictor named “Sativa.” The goods are kept in a tiny, closetlike space in the back, with barely enough room for you and the budtender. ML.

Cannabis Nation

550 S Roosevelt Drive, Seaside, 503-717-5565. 10 am-8 pm daily.

The interior of this Seaside shop is an expansive, well-lit room of gleaming wood where young, hip and knowledgeable folks are happy to give you their recommendations. The vibe is boutique, with high-end product sparsely displayed. The selection is far from vast, and the pipe selection is a mere afterthought. TC.

Oregon Coast Cannabis

868 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, 503-368-4200. 8 am-8 pm daily. Cash only.

This is the closest dispensary to Cannon Beach, right off Highway 101 in Manzanita. The interior is cabin chic, with driftwood accents throughout. Prices are listed on a chalkboard repurposed from an elementary school, with grams going for $10 to $17.50 after tax, and 10 percent off CBD-heavy products on Sundays. About half the strains were grown on the North Coast, including Nehalem Nirvana, sun-grown by a wildlife conservationist. ML.

Pipe Dreams Dispensary

1745 SW Highway 101, Suite C, Lincoln City, 541-614-0682, pipedreamsdispensary.blogspot.com. 10 am-7 pm Monday-Thursday, 10 am-8 pm Friday-Saturday.

Pipe Dreams is situated about halfway through the 14-mile stretch of Lincoln City that hugs the coastline. It’s sizable and there’s plenty of room to grow. it’s ready to grow soon, too—we shopped at a leisurely pace, but things will change when valley dwellers get hit with a 90-degree day. Preparations are underway for the onslaught of sweaty city folk—who inevitably get out of Dodge so quickly they forget to pack their glass—and include a joint-rolling station and an expanded countertop with room for a fast-track line serving prepackaged cannabis to folks who don’t need to fondle and sniff the 40-plus varieties available. Prices are competitive and can dip to $5 a gram, and there’s a bonus for first-time visitors: one free item from a psychedelic grab bag of gifts, including lighters, grinders and flavored papers. AP.

BY MADELINE LUCE, TANISHA CARAVELLO, AND ANDI PREWITT