The Tulalip Tribes have opened a retail cannabis store — Remedy Tulalip —that they hope will provide a range of therapeutic cannabis to customers.
The new retail store opened on Aug. 10 at 9226 34th Ave. NE, Tulalip, near the Tulalip Home Depot.
“We have a little bit more of an emphasis on the therapeutic side of cannabis,” said Jonathan Teeters, assistant general manager for the store.
He said that the store offers a number of CBD-only options (CBD is a component of marijuana that affects the body but does not produce the psychoactive effects of other components like THC).
“That is one of the things that the Tulalip Tribes made an important piece of opening a cannabis retail operation,” said Teeters.
“We shouldn’t forget that for a millennia cannabis was medicine. It’s just been recently we’ve started taking it away from medicine and more purely for recreation,” he said.
Teeters said that store employees put in a lot of work before the business opened in order to learn how to work with customers.
“All the training we gave to the staff on the front end really helped them to roll with all the things that happen when you open the doors to something you’ve never done before,” he said.
The retail business plans to have ‘cannabis concierges’ available for those who need guidance through the selection.
“We specially went with a model so that the ‘budtender’ can be out on the floor interacting with customers,” said Teeters.
“We wanted to give a lot of the first-time customers that are coming in a feeling that we could walk them through a new experience,” he said.
In addition to selling some of the top brands in the state, Teeters said the store offers some of the lesser-known companies.
“We want to make sure that we use our buying power to support some of the smaller brands, the ones we know that have great practices, great employees and a great set of values,” he said.
“We also have taken great pride and steps to include a lot of Native American owned and affiliated brands in our product menu,” he said.
The Tulalip Tribes are working with state officials to make sure that the store is in line with I-502 (the initiative that allowed cannabis sales).
“We’re really working hand-in-hand with the state of Washington to make sure that we stay compliant,” said Teeters.
He said that the store is selling well so far and they hope to continue.
“We want to be one of the top performing retail stores in the state. We recognize that may take time,” he said.
More information about the new business is available at remedytulalip.com.