2312 NW Kearney St., 750-4594,
portlanddispensary.net. Cash only.
This Northwest neighborhood spot is one of the clearest examples of marijuana going mainstream. The line for Salt & Straw snakes around the
opposite block and the dispensary is located above a nail salon. You walk past a line of people getting pedicures and the scent of high-acetone products follows you up the stairway into the cozy space. The atmosphere reminds one of a used-book store, with Persian rugs and cushy chairs in the waiting room and striking abstract paintings on the walls. The selection is on the smaller side, with a dozen or so strains at $10 a gram. They carry in-house Happy Bud Farms—plus 7 Point Farms and a few others—and there are a handful of edible and topical options, including Luminous Botanicals' Cannabis Cure-All and Drip ice cream. Only a few concentrate options are available, but the high-quality shatter from House Flower at $15 a gram adds oomph to the oil menu. Something we can all look forward to, depending on the details of recreational laws, is a balcony adjacent to the budroom with a view of 23rd Avenue.