Second marijuana retailer opens in Buckley

Al Garrison

The Green Door opened its doors last week giving the city of Buckley two marijuana stores.

Mr. Bill’s is the other recreational marijuana business in Buckley.

The city of Bonney Lake has a moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses and Enumclaw does not allow growers, producers and retailers through the city’s zoning code.

Buckley remains the only city on the Plateau to zone for marijuana retail shops.

The Green Door had its soft opening Friday, letting customers who heard of the opening by word of mouth to check out their wares.

The first hour of profits made by the store were donated back to the city of Buckley, said owner Colleen Morehouse, because she said the city was so supportive in helping her open the store.

“The council welcomed me with open arms,” Morehouse said, “and everybody has been really supportive and I wanted to say thank you.”

Richard Lacriox, one of the store’s employees, said one of their goals is education about marijuana.

“We live in a very progressive time right now,” Lacroix said. “I believe that our purpose here, outside of being a retail store, is to educate the public.”

One of the ways The Green Door attempts to aid their customers is by making sure customers know exactly how much tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are in their products.

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and is the ingredient which is typical for getting users high.

CBD is not psychoactive, and according to Lacriox, can help relieve pain and has more medical purposes than THC.

On both their edible and smokeable product packages, the total amount of TCH and CBD is clearly labeled in milligrams along with the weight of the product, giving customers a good indication as to how potent the product will be.

According to Lacriox, full labeling of marijuana products, especially food products, is important because marijuana-infused food products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and it is up to growers and producers to accurately measure and label their products.

“The higher the TCH levels in the brownie, the more psychotropic effect you’d receive,” Lacriox said. “The higher the CBDs in the brownie, the more of a pain relieving effect you’d receive.”

Along with the traditional dried marijuana buds and marijuana brownies, The Green Door has several unique products.

One is a spoon covered in TCH-infused chocolate. Lacriox explained that the spoon is used to mix a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, and the TCH-infused chocolate on the spoon melts into the drink.

Another interesting product are TCH-infused syrups for making drinks, or, Lacriox said, glazes and sauces.

As for security features, The Green Door cut no corners. The entrance to the store leads to a small waiting room where IDs are checked. If the ID is good, the customer is then buzzed through to the main store. Lacriox said that to manage their product and keep customers engaged, they’ll only let four to six customers into the store at a time.

Both inside and outside of the store, The Green Door has a multitude of security cameras to ensure product isn’t consumed on site, stolen, or mishandled.

Finally, the store walls around the store are metal-lined to prevent any break-ins.

“We are built in here,” said Lacriox. “We may just be in a warehouse, but it is completely secure.”