Everett’s 4th Retail Marijuana Store Now Open

Mari Js

Mari J’s opened Thursday on 19th SE.

“I first applied in December of 2013,” said Jessica Jordan. “Now that we’re here, I’m pinching myself.” Jordan is the owner of Mari J’s Highway Pot Shop which opened yesterday in the old restaurant space south of the Buzz Inn on 19th Avenue SE in Everett’s Eastmont neighborhood. She is the 4th of five recreational stores allowed within the Everett city limits under I-502. The 5th license holder, Brian Bodge wanted to open Globodyne in a remodeled house just south of the Holiday Inn next to I-5 but the city refused to issue an Everett business license due to a zoning issue that put his location within an area designated for future use by businesses that supported Everett Station.

Mari J’s had its own issues after members of the Mormon Church across the street voiced their opposition to a marijuana store in their neighborhood. However on July 8th the Everett City Council ruled that churches, synagogues, mosques or temples are not protected under city ordinance.

Jordan says the store plans a grand opening on August 22nd. Given its highly visible location next to I-5 across from the Everett Mall she expects to do a high volume of business. The store sells marijuana, edibles, flour, concentrates and even some medical strains.

In order to enter the store you have to show a valid ID that you are 21 or over. All of the marijuana is pre-packaged and it has to stay that way. You can smell some strains but there is no “sampling”. Jordan says so far most of her customers are in their 50s and many are now trying marijuana again for the first time in decades so there’s lots of education and a bit of a learning curve for customers.


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