An Audio Tour: Paper & Leaf Dispensary

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The Hash podcast goes inside a Washington dispensary and interviews the dispensary’s rock star house owners.


When Paper & Leaf opened its doorways on Bainbridge Island, Washington, two years in the past, the thought of a boutique hashish retailer — a spot that appeared to have popped out of a Martha Stewart catalogue, full with softly-lit show bins held on the partitions and an expansive elm desk — nonetheless held a little bit of novelty. Yet within the intervening years, increasingly dispensaries have picked up on the fashionable vibes that made Paper & Leaf so engaging, and are cashing in on a development in the direction of high-end hashish.

Read our full profile of Paper & Leaf in our most up-to-date problem of Cannabis Now right here.

Paper & Leaf’s choice to go dangerous and bougie was not a minor one; co-owners Stephen Kessler and Brendan Hill (who additionally occurs to be the drummer of long-standing jam-pop area rockers Blues Traveler) clarify that, particularly as hashish goes authorized, it’s essential to make the skeptics really feel comfortable simply as a lot because the long-time shoppers. (Oh, and the requisite ferry journey from Seattle to Brainbridge Island — they’ll decide you up in a complimentary shuttle — positive doesn’t harm, both). With a variety of native Washington flower and quirky edibles like Mr. Moxey’s Mints and Goodship Fruit Jellies, Paper & Leaf ship the product in addition to the expertise. And the components has paid off; they lately expanded into the adjoining constructing, the place they promote shwag, espresso and extra.

Listen in to this podcast interview with Hill and Kessler, under, recorded for the Hash podcast (now a part of the San Francisco Chronicle), to listen to extra concerning the painstaking insurance policies of beginning a leisure dispensary within the state of Washington, the teachings they’ve discovered alongside the best way and why their taxes are so darn excessive.

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Max Savage Levenson is an audio producer and author dwelling in Berkeley, California. His work has appeared on NPR Music, All Songs Considered, the Hash podcast, KQED’s The California Report and others. Max additionally hosts a completely non-recorded live-audience speak present referred to as the Max Savage Show, as a result of he’s a narcissist who simply needs individuals to love him.






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