FOLLOWUP: West Seattle’s first marijuana store now open

(WSB photo: Andrew Cornwall and Jon Sherman photographed at Origins this afternoon)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

West Seattle’s first recreational-marijuana store is now open. And they’re touting another “first.”

We reported two weeks ago that Origins at 1416 SW Roxbury had become the second applicant to receive a license, but that it was on a faster track to opening than the first one, which is planned for a converted Craftsman at 5440 California SW.

And now, Origins is open; we talked today at the shop with co-proprietor Jon Sherman, who contacted us last night to say they’ve been in “soft open” mode since Monday and are planning a grand-opening event this Friday and Saturday.

Origins has been in the building on the northeast corner of 15th/Roxbury for more than four years as a medical-marijuana dispensary; they expect to get a medical endorsement when the state starts adding those in July, the deadline date for dispensaries to close if they don’t get licenses. Besides being the first shop in West Seattle proper – within the city limits – they also say they’re the first recreational shop to take credit cards, as of today. Co-proprietor Sean Miller, Sherman explained, owns a merchant-payment-processing company that’s doing its own underwriting and therefore able to handle this kind of business without the contortions some other shops reportedly had been going through – taking cards via “cash advances,” for example.

Origins’ proprietors say they are working to ensure the quality of what they sell, addressing consumer concerns about pesticides on pot by drafting an affidavit they expect their providers to sign, certifying how they’re grown. The word “organic” can’t be used, Sherman explains, since marijuana remains federally illegal – so, no FDA endorsements of growing methods.

They want to be educational for those interested in learning about the different strains; information is accessible via a tablet set up in the middle of their store, which includes showroom-type shelving and cases. “We’re more focused on the experience,” explained Cornwall.

The grand-opening events, themed “Community,” include a 10 am ribbon-cutting on Friday, and they’re hoping to serve up free food procured from a tamale vendor over the city/county line in White Center. They’re also expecting to host an area resident who makes smoking accessories from hemp and will be making them as well as selling them.

Later in the year, they’re hoping to set up a community garden outside the building. No, not growing the kind of plant they sell – that would be illegal – they will be planting food such as tomatoes, and inviting the community to take some for their own uses, as needed.

SIDE NOTE: The state has announced it will cut off licensing applications at the end of this month. Here again is the map created by Mark, showing licensed and license-seeking locations around the state. In West Seattle, license-seeking locations include longtime medical-marijuana outlet Northwest Patient Resource Center at 35th/Roxbury.

21 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: West Seattle's first marijuana store now open"

  • Bradley March 9, 2016 (9:58 pm)

    Roxhill Park was the first marijuana store in West Seattle.

  • Rcl March 10, 2016 (6:17 am)

    Great news for White Center – now all WE need is the right for ALL adults over the age of 21 to be able to grow their own MJ! Homegrow now!

  • Chris March 10, 2016 (6:41 am)

    So does this mean the other shops in West Seattle are not licensed

    • WSB March 10, 2016 (6:58 am)

      There are no other recreational marijuana stores in WS, as authorized by I-502.

  • brian March 10, 2016 (8:06 am)

    but the prices…..i miss the collective..

    • Jon March 10, 2016 (9:00 am)

      Brian, we still vend with a lot of the same growers as we did in medical. Our prices are incredibly reasonable. We would love for you to give us a shot!

    • LC March 10, 2016 (10:00 am)

      Amen. We are paying a premium price, also look at all the packaging waste!!!

  • KM March 10, 2016 (8:36 am)

    Yeah I live in port orchard and the 4th recreational store just opened.

  • JoB March 10, 2016 (8:46 am)

    there is no substitute for knowing your growers

  • Chris March 10, 2016 (4:21 pm)

    There is bud nation in white center and the West Seattle Marijuana store south of there – technically not west Seattle, but Bud Nation is within city limits

    • WSB March 10, 2016 (4:27 pm)

      No, Bud Nation is *not* in city limits. It’s in unincorporated King County, a block-plus south. The city limits go down the center of Roxbury except for one spot – Holy Family Church. Again, this is the first store in West Seattle, which goes to the city limits on the south. If you’re over the line to the south, you’re in White Center. The unincorporated area also has two stores in Top Hat (including one that uses West Seattle in its name, though it’s not in WS). – TR

  • Alan March 10, 2016 (4:27 pm)

    The center line of Roxbury is the border, so it is in West Seattle across the street from White Center.

    • LC March 10, 2016 (4:42 pm)

      The weed nowadays in too potent lol

  • Alan March 10, 2016 (4:32 pm)

    My post was meant as a reply to a post that no longer appears to be there and not to Chris.

  • LC March 10, 2016 (4:39 pm)

    Thanks my post appears to be gone but thanks for the clarification. 

  • Chris March 10, 2016 (5:26 pm)

    Thanks 4 clarifying:)

  • Pam March 10, 2016 (5:46 pm)

    After running my husband out they now have all white owners licensed by the State, how surprising- NOT.  

  • NW March 10, 2016 (6:03 pm)

    Liked it better when you had to hide it back in the 1990s

  • Niiiiiiice March 11, 2016 (5:21 am)
    1. Jon, your business ideas are great – love that you’re involving community in the future with a community garden concept. Couple questions: 
    1. 1. Are you concerned about the new dispensary requirement for medical mj patients to be registered on a master list? 
    2. 2. Will you/do you carry cannabis oil that is customizable? I don’t use marijuana but am looking into a Jayden Juice (or similar) option. Sorry if that’s a dumb question, it’s been hard to find legal info and options about this.  

    3. Best of luck to you guys!
    • Jon March 16, 2016 (9:00 pm)

      I apologize for the delay in response to your questions. I am not concerned about patient records as this was a common practice for medical dispensaries (previously). We previously ran a medical shop (where Origins is) and we were required to follow HIPPA laws. We want to preserve our medical shop as much as possible by providing a medical consultation room as well as never charging more for CBD. As for your second question, I see us carrying RSO, but I am skeptical with Jayden Juice. If ‘Jayden Juice’ is produced from cannabis and in state, I would be open to it. I would require it to be tested by Confidence Analytics as they’re one of the only laboratories to be testing heavy metals. PLEASE be careful ordering CBD advertised options online as they’re derived from hemp stalks (generally from eastern europe or china). These have been known to test for heavy metals. 

  • Question Mark March 22, 2016 (11:44 am)

    44 retail marijuana stores were licensed in Seattle by the WSLCB prior to shutting down the licensing process in the city. CPC (2 locations) was the last licensee admitted within the city limits, on March 11. 46 new licenses were issued statewide in the past 30 days.

    By my count, 9 applicants that were subject to community notification, including 3 in southwest Seattle, did not make the cut before the limit was reached in Seattle.

    We’re continuing to see an incredibly high (pun intended) number of licensed marijuana stores being investigated in White Center. There are now 4 licenses granted there, including the newest–A Green Life on 15th Avenue SW–licensed just yesterday. Along with the 5 now licensed in Skyway, that’s already like there were more than 160 stores licensed in the city of Seattle. And they’ve proposed 6 more new licenses, as well as 2 existing licensees to move to White Center. 

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