Lady-Run Dispensary Tour This Thursday, October 8

Join two cannabis industry leaders on a tour of women-owned dispensaries

The world of weed—like the world of so many industries—can often be a little rougher on women than men.

So WW is doing what we can to help raise awareness of women with prominent roles in the local cannabis industry.

This Thursday, October 8, Willamette Week invites you to join tour guides Ashley Preece-Sackett and Leah Maurer of Women Grow on a tour of women-owned dispensaries around Portland.

Included in the $35 price, attendees will be getting gift bags and dispensary discounts. Tickets are available here. The tour meets at 5103 NE Fremont Street on Thursday, October 8, and goes from 5-9 pm. 21+. $35.

Leah is co-chair of Women Grow, an organization devoted to fostering women in the cannabis industry—and its most active chapter is here in Oregon thanks in no small part to her efforts. Ashley Preece-Sackett is co-owner of Cascadia Labs, one of the state's largest and most respected laboratories for testing marijuana.

The two will share their knowledge of the cannabis industry and its women-owned businesses, answer questions from their broad base of knowledge and experience, and talk about opportunities for women in cannabis.

The tour will visit Pure Green, Home Grown Apothecary and Greensky Collective. Everyone on the tour will also get a goodie bag courtesy of cannabis topical maker Bud Rub, including some healthy snacks.

Here's what we had to say about the lady-owned dispensaries on the tour in Willamette Week's Potlander guide to Portland's 115+ dispensaries.

Pure Green

3738 NE Sandy Blvd., 971-242-8561,

In 1934, an unmarked shopfront titled Store No. 2 quietly opened its doors. The store, one of Oregon's four original post-Prohibition OLCC outposts, was wedged between Sandy and Halsey and later retitled Hollywood Liquors. Eighty years later, the shop is once again braving the waves of a newly re-legal industry, helmed this time around by stalwart cannabis advocates Matt and Meghan Walstatter. A year and a half on from opening, Pure Green remains one of the city's best and most well-rounded dispensaries, staffed by expert 'tenders and with a wide selection of edibles, concentrates and oils on hand. Like a good tap list, the flower selection is well-considered and high quality, with around 20 strains on hand at any given time. With its spacious and nattily appointed lobby and floor space, Pure Green is poised to be a standout come October. WM. WILARD GREENE.

Home Grown Apothecary

1937 NE Pacific St., 232-1716,

This people's co-op dispensary prides itself on its gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free options on edibles, and wealth of alternative health options including its wild-crafted noncannabis herbs and natural remedies. It also makes its own Rick Simpson oil, Bubble Hash, coconut oil, olive oil and canna butter. B-line is an amazing strain of flower it carries exclusively, and it's grown by Endless Organics. Get your purchase rung up on a vintage cash register inside the showroom. K.C. SWAIN.

Greensky Collective

4027 N Interstate Ave., 208-9775, Cash only.

GreenSky is a member of the league of newer dispensaries—the sort with painstaking curation and branding—with an aesthetic that is somewhere in between simplicity and millennial nostalgia. Outside, the sign is bright, tropical colors, with an emoji-like owl symbol. Along the same lines, the reception area displays colorful portraits of marijuana activists through the ages, and white plaster animal busts stare at you from behind the desk. Inside the budroom, the mood drastically changes, with an innovative, rustic strain display and old-fashioned glass jars for the flower. In any case, the friendly service and variety of product is a welcome addition to the North Portland neighborhood along the MAX Yellow Line. The décor will seem a little too fancy for some stoners, but know that all flower is around $10 a gram, and the collective fields a down-to-earth, knowledgeable team of budtenders. My favorite special is the "Weekend Wake & Bake," which offers a free joint with any $30 purchase before 1 pm on weekends. GreenSky is a useful spot for those new to the dispensary scene or seeking less-potent medicine than the average product in the PDX market, with a wide selection of THC percentages below 20 percent and tasty low-dose edibles. LAUREN TERRY.

CANCELED Green Goddess Remedies

5435 SW Taylors Ferry Road, 764-9000,

Nestled among other small homes on the way out to the suburbs, Green Goddess offers at least 15 different strains daily, with much of it owner-grown. Their cabinet of bongs and pipes is impressive, with 25-plus choices of either owner-grown or flower from farms such as Ricks the Original, Western Oregon Botanicals and J Zetto. Cards are accepted, with an ATM also on the way. If it's in stock, grab the Aurora (indica) for one of the best night's sleep you'll ever have.

Event sponsors:

Bud Rub

Women Grow

She Don't Know

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