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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

I’ve never Tried Marijuana!

If you’re over 21 and have a valid ID, buying legal recreational marijuana couldn’t be easier or safer at Spokane Green Leaf! Our knowledgeable “budtenders” (or sales associates) can walk you through everything you need to know for your first adventure.

So what should you expect? Marijuana affects everyone differently. Some new users may not feel the full effect, or any at all, the first time they try it.

How it may affect you depends primarily on how your body metabolizes THC and to a lesser degree CBD and the other ingredients known as “Cannabinoids” in marijuana. You’ll probably want to try a few different varieties and strains to find the one that most suits you.

A very good rule of thumb is to “start light”. Try a strain that has a lower THC content and if desired, work your way up to something that you like. Additionally, you may enjoy different varieties and strengths for different occasions. At Spokane Green Leaf we list the THC and CBD content of all of our products so that you can make an informed decision.

Trying marijuana for the first time may be a little scary. Odds are that the first time you tried an alcoholic beverage you were with friends right? That’s sound advice for “newbies” when it comes to marijuana. Having someone experienced with you can be comforting plus they can “show you how it’s done”, watch how much you use and alleviate any worries that you may have.

Additionally the friendly folks at Spokane Green Leaf are here to walk you through the buying process, ensuring that the product you purchase will be the best that it can be for your first and likely ongoing adventures.

I haven’t used Marijuana in years

Maryjane, pot, weed, smoke, reefer, doobie, grass. That’s what it used to be called, right? Well, today’s legal marijuana has changed a lot since the days of Cheech and Chong. The good news is, it is better! After decades of meticulous growing, harvesting and curing the science of marijuana has far surpassed the bag of herb you used to get for $10!

It costs more these days, but the product is far superior. Ultimately it’s almost certain that no matter how you ingest it, you won’t need nearly as much to get the same experience (or probably better) than you did years ago. This is great news if you’re planning on smoking it. Less is truly more when it comes to today’s legal, recreational marijuana.

You may also need to familiarize yourself with some new names and terms. Unlike the “old days” it’s now possible to buy certain varieties that deliver a specific experience. Check out the rest of the FAQs for more detailed info. Then have a look at the strain information on websites such as Leafly, Allbud or Weedmaps to zero in on the high that you’re looking for on any particular occasion.

What do Sativa, Indica and Hybrid mean?

When the legal cannabis industry started we thought there  were simply two main types of cannabis plants – sativa and indica – and that these two plant varieties gave off different types of high. Indica strains were believed to have a more sedating effect while sativa strains tended to be more uplifting. Hybrid strains were believed to be a mixture of the two different genetics of cannabis, so their effects were somewhere between this sedating/uplifting spectrum. Today’s science shows us that the terpenes, or the chemicals in your cannabis that give it its unique smell, affect user’s experience far more than whether or not the strain is simply “indica or sativa.”

So, while there are three main genetic varieties of marijuana and we tend to organize our strains selection by these genetic difference we now know that this may not be the whole truth. That is is actually the terpenes in your cannabis that contribute to its uplifing or sedating effects. We try to work with growers and processors that test for terpenes and are always keeping up to date with the latest in cannabis science news.

Kush, Diesel, Haze…. What do they mean?

Modern cannabis names primarily began in the 1960s and ’70s when cannabis breeders began transporting feral strains from around the world – called “landrace strains” – and transplanting them locally. Acapulco Gold, Durban Poison, Panama Red, Colombian Gold, and Afghan Kush are just a few examples of landrace genetics that laid the foundation and became the essential building blocks of the genetic diversity we see today.”

So if you don’t know Blue Dream from The Fudd, or a Sativa from an Indica don’t be put off. Our friendly budtenders are knowledgeable and more than willing to guide you through your buying decisions!

What does Vape mean?

Vaporizing sounds a little scary, however it simply means that instead of smoking marijuana in the traditional sense, via a joint or with a pipe, the use of a dedicated device, called a vaporizer is employed.

Vaporizers use concentrates, a “distilled”, version of the main components or Cannabinoids of marijuana. The material is rapidly heated by the vaporizer to the point where it becomes a gas or “vaporizes”. The vapor is then inhaled. This is sometimes known as “vaping”.

Proponents of “vaping” often site the fact that users can get all of the psychoactive properties of marijuana in a purer form without having to deal with the side effects of traditional smoking and the subsequent properties that burning materials and inhaling them can have.

Vaporizers come in numerous shapes and sizes from small, cigarette-like instruments to large table-top sized machines.

Spokane Green Leaf is proud to offer numerous “vape” options in a number of price ranges. Our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders are always happy to guide first-time users with their buying choices.

What are Concentrates?

Concentrates are a form of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC. They include wax, shatter, hash, oil, distillates, terpene sugars, and keif.  Each is created by separating cannabinoids from the bio-matter (mostly flowers).
Concentrates can be very potent, containing up to 80% THC.

Spokane Green Leaf specializes in a wide variety of paraphernalia designed for enjoying concentrates. Please don’t hesitate to let our staff know if you’re interested in finding out more.

How Things Work

Who Can Legally Buy and Use Marijuana?

Adults from 21 years of age or older are allowed to purchase, possess and consume legal, recreational marijuana in the state of Washington.

You do not need to be a resident of Washington State to purchase legal, recreational marijuana at Spokane Green Leaf.
To enter our store we require the same legal identification, generally a valid driver’s license or government-issued photo identification containing proof of age that is required for purchasing alcoholic beverages. No record is kept of your ID.

How Much Marijuana Can I Possess?

Adults from 21 years of age or older are allowed to possess marijuana buds, trim, concentrates, and marijuana infused edibles in Washington State.
Adults are allowed to possess marijuana equal to one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana flowers or 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused edible products and 7 grams of concentrates.
Only state licensed growers are allowed to cultivate any amount of marijuana in Washington State for sale to retail stores licensed under the I-502 regulations.

Where can I consume Marijuana?

Marijuana consumption is legal for adults in private locations such as residences in Washington State.

It is illegal to consume marijuana, concentrates or infused edibles in public places including streets, sidewalks, cafes, public parks, etc.
Consumption of marijuana on federal lands or properties is a federal crime.
Violating these public-use laws may result in state or federal penalties, fines and possibly incarceration.
Although it is legal to drive with marijuana in its original, sealed container, driving under the influence of marijuana is a crime.
Spokane Green Leaf recommends enjoying our products in the privacy of your or a friend’s home in Washington State.

Why does Legal Marijuana cost more?

A number of factors go into the price of legal recreational marijuana. The largest of which is excise tax, which is often more than 50% of the total retail price.
Additionally, like many products, supply and demand can have a very large impact on wholesale and retail price.
Federal laws, in particular IRS 280e, also have a big impact on retail pricing because retail recreational marijuana businesses are not allowed to claim deductions for a majority of their business expenses.
Spokane Green Leaf is committed to fair and transparent pricing for legal marijuana.

I have a Medical Marijuana Card

Can I bring my medical marijuana card from another state and buy marijuana in Washington with it?
Washington does not recognize any other state’s medical licenses or red cards.
However, now that recreational marijuana use is legal in Washington and Colorado anyone over the age of 21 and with a valid form of ID can enter a licensed recreational marijuana store and legally buy marijuana.

I’m from Out Of State

Can I buy marijuana and take it out of state? The short answer is no, not legally, not yet.

While the federal government has been lenient about prosecuting state-compliant dispensaries for now, they may get more aggressive about prosecuting even small-time marijuana offenses at the state border. Neighboring states may step up their border patrols looking for illegal marijuana crossing into their states.

The best advice is to enjoy your marijuana only in the great State of Washington.

Medical Marijuana

What is the current state of Medical Marijuana in Washington State?

In July 2016, new legislation introduced the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, which dramatically changed the interface of the medical cannabis industry in Washington State. “The Cannabis Patient Protection Act integrates the medical market with the regulated recreational market. Under the act, the Department of Health adopted rules for a medical marijuana authorization database, training and certification of medical marijuana consultants, and product compliance.”

Do you serve Medical Marijuana Patients?

Yes, Spokane Green Leaf does serve medical marijuana patients. Our friendly consultants can create your patient card, recommend products and we have Washington State Health Department certified high THC products on hand.

Information for Medical Marijuana Patients