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Seattle’s 10 best recreational cannabis stores, mapped

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The Seattle recreational cannabis market has exploded. When Initiative 502 first legalized weed outside the medical space, only 21 stores in Seattle were allowed to open. Earlier versions of this map just listed all that were currently open, but after we got to 40, we started doing a little curation.

There’s a whole lot to sort through, especially in an altered state, so we cut back to just the ten very best stores in the city. Chances are you probably have one within a few miles of you, although if you need a closer connection, there’s always the state’s comprehensive license map. Find your neighborhood hookup below. (Did we miss your favorite? Let us know.)

Already got the cannabis covered, but need something to do besides sit around Myrtle Edwards? We’ve mapped out some great places to get weird, too. At the very least, you can have a good stare at these 10 high-design shops across the country.

Map points are ordered north to south.

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1. Ocean Greens

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9724 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 453-4145
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Northenders can visit this shop off Aurora for a friendly atmosphere, solid deals, and even the occasional live music. The shop also raises money for patients receiving treatment at Fred Hutch.

2. Herb’s House

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716 NW 65th St
Ballard, WA

Herb’s House is, appropriately, located in a friendly-looking craftsman house up by the Ballard Goodwill, and prides itself in having an atmosphere to match.

3. American Mary

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321 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 547-7833
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With locations in both Wallingford and Ballard, American Mary has a loyal clientele, a friendly staff, and quality product. We hear tell there’s a shop corgi, too.

4. Have A Heart

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Have a Heart is a fast-growing franchise, with locations in Belltown, Fremont, Bothell, Greenwood, Skyway, and even Ocean Shores for all that beachside blazing. The Belltown location has a mural with a large joint sculpture for any necessary photo ops. Bonus: Its staff is unionized.

5. The Reef Cannabis

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1525 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 466-6286
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One of the newer pot shops in the city—it originally started in Bremerton—The Reef has a swank Olson Kundig-designed shop with colorful murals, a wide selection, a free ATM, and rotating works by local artists.

6. Ponder

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2413 E Union St
Seattle, WA

Central District neighborhood pot shop Ponder has a happy hour every day from noon until—you guessed it—4:20 p.m., plus a knowledgeable staff and a great bike rack.

7. Herban Legends

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55 Bell St
Seattle, WA

This Belltown shop has online ordering so you can skip the rush and spend as much time as you want perusing the menu, although with an art gallery and shop upstairs, it’s worth more than a quick visit.

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8. Dockside Cannabis Sodo

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1728 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA
(206) 223-3724

Dockside was one of our favorite medical shops before it went recreational, and the company still takes its medical expertise seriously: It was the one of the first dispensaries in the nation to receive the Patient Focused Certification from Americans for Safe Access. Its Sodo location has a little cannabis history museum in the back, but additional locations are located in Shoreline, Ballard, and on Aurora.

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9. Ganja Goddess

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815 1st Ave
Seattle, WA

Ganja Goddess is the first woman-owned pot shop in the city, and claims to be the "friendliest" recreational cannabis store in Seattle—which we can attest to. It’s a great shop for a relaxed browsing experience, and an ideal choice if you’re looking to bring a first-time cannabis customer along.

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10. Canna West Seattle

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5435 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

This pot shop in a 1920s house wants to create a friendly, unpretentious buying experience. It can run a little spendy, but the items are carefully curated—and the shop works with medical patients.

On 4/20, they even host a carnival with free ice cream.

1. Ocean Greens

9724 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Northenders can visit this shop off Aurora for a friendly atmosphere, solid deals, and even the occasional live music. The shop also raises money for patients receiving treatment at Fred Hutch.

9724 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Herb’s House

716 NW 65th St, Ballard, WA

Herb’s House is, appropriately, located in a friendly-looking craftsman house up by the Ballard Goodwill, and prides itself in having an atmosphere to match.

716 NW 65th St
Ballard, WA

3. American Mary

321 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

With locations in both Wallingford and Ballard, American Mary has a loyal clientele, a friendly staff, and quality product. We hear tell there’s a shop corgi, too.

321 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Have A Heart

Seattle, WA

Have a Heart is a fast-growing franchise, with locations in Belltown, Fremont, Bothell, Greenwood, Skyway, and even Ocean Shores for all that beachside blazing. The Belltown location has a mural with a large joint sculpture for any necessary photo ops. Bonus: Its staff is unionized.

5. The Reef Cannabis

1525 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

One of the newer pot shops in the city—it originally started in Bremerton—The Reef has a swank Olson Kundig-designed shop with colorful murals, a wide selection, a free ATM, and rotating works by local artists.

1525 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Ponder

2413 E Union St, Seattle, WA

Central District neighborhood pot shop Ponder has a happy hour every day from noon until—you guessed it—4:20 p.m., plus a knowledgeable staff and a great bike rack.

2413 E Union St
Seattle, WA

7. Herban Legends

55 Bell St, Seattle, WA

This Belltown shop has online ordering so you can skip the rush and spend as much time as you want perusing the menu, although with an art gallery and shop upstairs, it’s worth more than a quick visit.

55 Bell St
Seattle, WA

8. Dockside Cannabis Sodo

1728 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA

Dockside was one of our favorite medical shops before it went recreational, and the company still takes its medical expertise seriously: It was the one of the first dispensaries in the nation to receive the Patient Focused Certification from Americans for Safe Access. Its Sodo location has a little cannabis history museum in the back, but additional locations are located in Shoreline, Ballard, and on Aurora.

1728 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA

9. Ganja Goddess

815 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

Ganja Goddess is the first woman-owned pot shop in the city, and claims to be the "friendliest" recreational cannabis store in Seattle—which we can attest to. It’s a great shop for a relaxed browsing experience, and an ideal choice if you’re looking to bring a first-time cannabis customer along.

815 1st Ave
Seattle, WA

10. Canna West Seattle

5435 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

This pot shop in a 1920s house wants to create a friendly, unpretentious buying experience. It can run a little spendy, but the items are carefully curated—and the shop works with medical patients.

On 4/20, they even host a carnival with free ice cream.

5435 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136