For most people, smoking pot would not
qualify as a homework assignment. But for staff at
newest recreational marijuana shop, it’s a possible part of a
burgeoning quality control program that calls for rating and
reviewing different weed strands and types.
“We want to make sure we have the best quality
product around,” said Michelle Beardsley, the store’s operations
director and a welder at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
marijuana store, the first on the city’s east side, just got up
and running this week — pot in all forms is coming in from growers
all over the state — and has a grand opening slated for Saturday.
It has been opened by two of the four people who started the
county’s first pot store outside South Kitsap, Highway 420, on
Charleston Beach Road. In fact, Beardsley and co-owner Brian Rose
call it a “sister
But both say it will be different. Located on Hollis
Street, across from the Cloverleaf Sports Bar &
Grill, the 4,000 square-foot space was once a warehouse. It was
last a thrift store before Beardsley and Rose bought the
“It had a lot of junk in it, but the building’s in
great shape,” Beardsley said.
They painted it the building, rebuilt the inside to
give it an “industrial” look, stained the floors, and more. And
while the Bremerton area is now
home to three recreational pot stores, Rose is confident
they’ve found a niche on the East side.
“We’re the closest store in the county until you get
to Bainbridge Island,” said Rose, who worked for the school
district and various jobs before landing what he called his dream.
“We’re really excited to be able to service the north end.”
Their plans do not end at a pot shop, however. By the
holidays, they plan to open an “annex” on the site that will sell
store merchandise. And come springtime, they hope to open a glass
blowing studio that will attract not just those looking to make
their own pipes and bongs, but any kind of glassware.
The store is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through
Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1
A store called HWY 420 has
been up and running since October on Charleston Beach Road, but
alas, it’s just outside Bremerton city limits. Two other pot stores
are awaiting licenses in Bremerton as well, one just up Callow at
11th Street and the other in East Bremerton on Hollis Street,
according to city officials. Outside Bremerton, several stores have
already opened in South Kitsap and on Bainbridge.
Pacific Cannabis is the sixth licensed here in Kitsap. It’s been
a long time coming for Kristen Waters, its CEO, who formerly
owned an auto shop Port Orchard. She applied through the Liquor Control Board in November 2013
for the license.
The store’s decor includes boogie boards and an ocean wave
motif. Waters wanted the 500-square-foot storefront to have a “warm
and welcoming” feel, a contrast to some rather drab environs she’s
found at other pot stores around the state.
Her own entrance to the pot marketplace came through illness.
Waters endured chemotherapy a few years ago and it all but killed
her appetite (she’d prefer not utter even the name of the illness
from which she suffered). Down to 109 pounds, she tried pot and was
able to eat again.
“I never dreamed at 47 that I’d be into marijuana,” she
The store will offer a wide variety of edible pot products and
Tommy Chong’s brand. For now, their inventory is only building
up but staff expected to have much more in stock by Friday. A gram
on Tuesday was going for $12 or $13 and joints were selling for $9.
Waters plans to keep prices consistent and low as possible to be
The store’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday,
and 10 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Below, you’ll find a map of all recreational marijuana locations
by way of my colleague Tad Sooter, the Kitsap Sun’s business