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A Recreational Marijuana Store management team:
Will Climer, left, and Raymond Alloway
have known each other since eighth grade.

[Photos by Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

Change is happening fast in Washington state. “Some of the best growers we buy from? My dad put into prison a few years ago,” Ray Alloway told me this week in his new shop, A Recreational Marijuana Store, in Port Orchard, where we had a chance to visit on Tuesday.

Yeah, the name Alloway means a whole different thing these days in Washington state marijuana circles… Where it once struck fear into the hearts of medical marijuana patients throughout the region — with Roy Alloway and the WestNET Narcotics Enforcement Team regularly conducting raids of home growing operations — it has for some time now meant access to medical marijuana. And starting this week, it also means access through the new legal, recreational marijuana system in Washington.

Raymond stocking the shelves on Tuesday
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Raymond stocking the shelves on Tuesday

Roy Alloway’s son, Raymond Alloway, along with longtime business partner Will Climer, this week opened A Recreational Marijuana Store (yes, that’s really the name) in South Park Center.

Climer and Alloway aren’t newcomers to the marijuana business. In fact, they told Toke Signals they’ve been compadres and business partners since the eighth grade.

“Back in school, we’d cut up buds into triangle shapes, so they’d completely fill the bottom of a bag,” Alloway told me as he shared a big laugh with Climer. “That satisfied the rule that the weed should reach all the way across the bottom.”

Alloway opened Kitsap County’s first and only medical marijuana farmers market, the Kitsap Cannabis Farmers Fair, a few years back in Gorst, then moved the operation to Port Orchard last year. His I-502 store is right next door to the location of his farmers market at 1762 Village Lane SE in the South Park Shopping Center, and represents a successful transition from one paradigm (Washington’s medical marijuana law, approved by voters in 1998 and destroyed by the Legislature in 2015) and recreational legalization (I-502, approved by voters in 2012 and expanded by the Legislature as part of SB 5052 in 2015).

The Kitsap Cannabis Farmers Fair will be shutting down after June 30, due to passage of SB 5052, the ironically titled “Cannabis Patient Protection Act,” which actually does no such thing but, instead, for all practical purposes, shuts down medical marijuana in Washington.

A Recreational Marijuana Store carries a good selection of cannabis flowers, with prices ranging from $10 to $14 per gram. Concentrates such as butane hash oil (BHO) are available in wax, shatter, and honeycomb, averaging around $35 a half-gram. And a complete selection of ZOOTS edibles and drinkables occupy one display case. The deals get commensurately better as one buys greater quantities, up to an ounce of flower for recreational customers.

There are plenty of smoking supplies for sale, including pipes, bongs, and containers; as Raymond explained it to me, as long as an item is directly used with cannabis, it’s OK to sell it in a 502 store. That means, for instance, no posters, but grinders, stash boxes and smoking devices are good to go!

A Recreational Marijuana Store
Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m – 7 p.m. (closed Sundays)
1762 Village Lane SE
Port Orchard, WA 98366

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