The beautiful scenery of the North Olympic coast serves as the backdrop to the Tribe’s cannabis retail shop, Cedar Greens, which opened its doors on October 11 in Blyn, Washington. (Courtesy Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe)
The Jamestown S’Klallam Reservation is situated on the North Olympic coast, across from Canada on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where the Olympic Mountains meet the Salish Sea’s outlet to the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful scenery serves as the backdrop to the Tribe’s cannabis retail shop, Cedar Greens, which opened its doors on October 11 in Blyn, Washington. Complete with fir columns and cedar siding, the store is framed by towering pines. The 3,500-square-foot standalone building features Tribal history and art, while an in-store water feature sets the acoustics. Natural light filters in through a skylight, and an array of plants invite nature’s serenity indoors.
The holistic ambiance, interweaving Native culture, compliments the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s unique approach to cannabis. The Tribe has created a naturopathic retail environment with a focus on healing and well-being that provides clients with information and education about the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
The shop still carries traditional products — including dried buds and high-concentration resins — but it prominently highlights non-intoxicating products for pain management or holistic health care, including locally grown and wildcrafted botanicals and medicinal herbs.
“We are hiring people trained as clinical cannabis consultants,” Kyle E. Johnson, Executive Director of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Economic Development Authority, told Native Business prior to the store’s grand opening.
The Tribe’s compact with Washington State allows it to operate under the same guidelines as state laws passed in 2012 that decriminalized marijuana in the state.
Mike Smith, Cedar Greens’ general operations manager, shared with Native Business this week: “We have 6 people on staff with medical marijuana consultant certifications from the state of Washington, a full management and supervisory staff, all certified, and a pharmacist. She’s here during office hours every other Friday.” Smith added: “We’re fully medically endorsed [by the U.S. Department of Health].”
The Tribe is particularly intrigued by the science behind cannabis that helps people taper off addictions to drugs and medications, such as opiates or pain killers, and the research that shows that cannabis can help those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Johnson added that the Tribe intends to be transparent about sharing the risks of cannabis usage, while educating people about its therapeutic benefits. The registered pharmacist who visits every other Friday helps to educate the community about the health benefits of cannabis and the difference between products containing THC and those with CBD (without the THC).
“One of our Tribal elders is actually a drug and alcohol counselor, and she was one of the biggest advocates for making [cannabis retail] happen,” Johnson shared.
Johnson added: “We see the revenue it will generate to be an important part of the Tribe’s overall economic strategy to become more self-sufficient.”
Cedar Greens is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. at 52 Sophus Road in Blyn, Washington.