Poisons in Recreational Cannabis? Another Protest in Front of Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop

Uncle Ike's Pot Shop Rain City Cannabis

Protests in front of Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop is nothing new. First it was the church next door which filed a lawsuit that has since been dropped, and now it is a faction of the medical marijuana industry.

Apparently a licensed physician has independently tested recreational marijuana purchased from two different legal pot shops. Now it’s obvious that one of those pot shops was Uncle Ike’s.

According to the independent test results, there are over 240 pesticides being used to grow recreational marijuana and none of the testing labs are providing these results.

We are not sure what to make of this.

1) First of all, one of the samples that was independently tested was sent to a lab in Oregon. Isn’t it against the law to buy marijuana in Washington State and take it to another state? Brush up on the laws here.

2) Let’s just say the results of this independent study should be looked at further. How is this any different than the vegetables and fruits that we buy at the store? Do you know what pesticides was used for that apple you are eating for lunch?

Unless of course it’s organic, but organic labeling is not yet used in the recreational marijuana industry. Oh wait…even if it was used, organic farming uses pesticides and even natural pesticides can be a health risk.

3) Why is this faction of the medical marijuana industry up in arms about recreational marijuana cannabis? Wouldn’t there be a bigger argument if pesticides were being used on medical marijuana plants? Correct us if we are wrong, but aren’t some of these labs, if not all, that test recreational marijuana also test medical marijuana?

What do you think? Do you think the protest has valid arguments? Do you think it’s much ado bout nothing? Share your thoughts below.

Protest in front of Uncle Ike's. Photo from Rain City Cannabis.

Protest in front of Uncle Ike’s. Photo from Rain City Cannabis.

Introducing: ‘Guide to marijuana stores’ and ‘marijuana reviews in one place’


Just a quick heads up. We have updated the site and added two new sections.

Seattle marijuana stores map

First, we created a guide to Seattle marijuana stores. This guide contains descriptions of each store in Seattle and Bellevue, along with all the important information such as addresses, hours of operation, maps, website addresses, online menu addresses, and more! Use this guide to help you find the recreational marijuana stores closest to you.

Dutch Brothers Farms Cough Syrup Marijuana Review

Secondly, we have added a section where you can find all our local marijuana reviews in one place. Reviews include strain reviews, edible reviews, and product reviews. All strain and edible reviews are from Washington State producers and retailers. So far we have 18 reviews and counting. New reviews will be added.

Enjoy these new sections and stay tuned as we are always trying to improve the user experience at highaboveseattle.com.

Our One-year Anniversary: A Celebratory Toke

HighAboveSeattle.com turns one

We can’t believe how fast time flies. Seriously.

It just seemed like a couple of months ago, we launched HighAboveSeattle.com into the local marijuana stratosphere. A lone black hot air balloon, with a pot leaf silhouette, that hovered above the Seattle marijuana industry.

Which would mean, Cannabis City made history by being the city’s first recreational marijuana store to open its’ doors about a month ago. Which would mean that  the rest of the retail shops opened just last week. Oh, and the Legal bottles blew up. And the weed fairy became a real thing.

Of course, this is all based on what the timeline seems to us. It really has been a year. And we can’t wait to see what the 2nd year of HighAboveSeattle.com brings!

First, we want to thank all of our advertisers: Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop, Green-Theory, Ganja GoddessApache 6, and Rain City Cannabis. The dream continues because of you.

In the same breath, I would like to thank every single visitor to this site. You are what makes this site possible.

And still in the same breath, I would like to thank our marijuana reviewer Fischer Campbell for his dedication, professionalism, and hard work; as well as Ellie Klein for simply going out of her way to write great content.

Please check out:

The Guide to Seattle Marijuana Stores

Our List of Marijuana Reviews

Local Pioneering Women in Marijuana [Part 1]

Women in the Seattle marijuana industry

Women business owners are not all that common in the business aspect of the recreational marijuana industry, but they are so incredibly important to the movement. Women are pioneering unique energy and ideas in the local cannabis industry. So many memorable details exist because a woman thought of them and brought them to life. From packaging to how a business is run, women are masterminds in the industry. International Women’s Month is coming to a close, so what better time to recognize some women business owners in the marijuana industry and all that they are doing to make it better?

If you think about it, women belong in the industry. Female marijuana plants are the most prized of the lot, and according to Tara Green with Ganja Goddess, this makes women a natural and necessary addition to the growing and selling processes. Women also bring feminine energy to all aspects of the marijuana business, and their presence is growing along with the blossoming industry. Women’s roles and energy throughout history translate into the impact that women have on marijuana today.

Even if you are not a history buff, women’s roles in past societies are evident. Take, for example, video games. When your character visits a mysterious, yet powerful healer, the healer is often a woman. This is no coincidence. When asked to describe the energy that women bring to the industry, Tara links women’s influence in the industry to their healing nature. Women have an amazing ability to tune into healing methods that influence the body and mind in positive ways. So, it is only natural that women would understand, and be very good at, fine-tuning processes and strands to better help consumers. This energy also helps women to be drawn to each other, which aids in marketing and other consumer relations.

Women do not purchase or consume cannabis as often as men do. However, this statistic will likely change at some point in the future due to women’s growing involvement in the business. and from their intent to market to women specifically. Much of this involvement and marketing is noticeable, like with packaging. For example, The Goodship Company, which is run by Jody Hall, features gold hot air balloons and Viking ships on its edibles’ packaging. This in itself is appealing to women because it brings an elegant, yet hip flair to the logo. This approach is inviting and the fact that the company is run by a woman is instantly relatable for women.

Tara emphasized the profoundly positive influence that marijuana has on the life of women. It improves women’s quality of life, from intimacy to concentration. There are so many positives that including cannabis in everyday life just makes sense. .

Women’s involvement in the industry is certainly changing the course of marijuana in Seattle, for the better. The feminine edge is a very welcome addition and will do much more than just make the packaging more soft or elegant. It is and will continue to change the way that marijuana is grown, cared for and sold. It will change the main demographic of smokers from predominantly men to an equal ratio of men and women. Women are amazing and to see them become such key players in Seattle’s cannabis industry is seeing an important part of history in the making.

Be sure to thank the next woman you see who is involved in a marijuana business. Not only would she appreciate it, she deserves it!

Children’s Educational Book about Legal Marijuana?

Weed book marijuana book Stinky Steve

Some things take you by surprise, like the concept of an educational children’s book about legal marijuana.  “Is there a need for this?” my brain wondered.  “Is this too soon?”

The book at hand is Stinky Steve Explains Casual Cannabis, written by Maggie Volp and illustrated by Mauricio J. Flores.  I have to hand it to these two for even penning this book; the topic of “children and marijuana” is very taboo, and difficult to talk about.

Stinky Steve marijuana book cannabis book

These brave creators took it upon themselves to tackle the controversial yet inevitable subject of parents responsibly consuming marijuana, and when children discover their parents consume recreational or medicinal marijuana.  Let’s take a look

Using all rhymes, the book is roughly 12 pages long.  There is a focus on a Rastafarian parent, a “hard working” parent, and a musician parent.  Each instance opens up with the children essentially finding out their parents partake (smelling the smoke, discovering the vaporizer, seeing the edibles locked away).  There is an illustration to accompany each instance.

The kids are concerned, and Stinky Steve basically comes in to save the day.  He informs them of how marijuana is safer than alcohol and cigarettes – including this classy line:

Tobacco can kill you,

And with one puff, you’re hooked.

Marijuana’s killed no one

The last time that I looked.

At first I questioned whether this book was meant to be read a loud by the parent, or read silently by the child – but with lines like this, it’s clear that the author intended for it to be read a loud (and for the parent to enjoy the book as much as the child).


After Stinky Steve touches on the dangers, he touches on alcohol prohibition (and how it failed).  Lastly we get a great resolution specific to each parental instance: the Rastafarian explains it’s part of the religion, the hard worker explains it’s doctor prescribed, and the musician explains that it helps her get rid of writers block.

These above reasons are all well and good, but there is an additional factor connecting them all: the marijuana based products and paraphernalia are not for children, and are intended for responsible adults.  The adults have been discreet because they want to protect their children.

Each page of rhymes also includes a “post-it note” in the bottom right hand of the page, which quickly delves into a more serious tone of factual marijuana related information  It’s a symbiotic presentation of kid friendly rhymes, and hard evidence/facts; the combination works well, the post-it’s help to bring the context back to reality.

When I say back to reality, it’s probably because most of the book seems like it’s from an alternate reality to me – but then it dawned; legal weed IS pretty much an alternate reality.  Anyone who isn’t a kid right now has grown up in a nation that (for the majority) demonized marijuana.  We are now at a tipping point where states have begun to legalize, and with that comes products like Stinky Steve Explains Casual Cannabis.

marijuana book Stinky Steve

It’s not our reality, or at least it hasn’t been – but we have to understand this book is geared towards the next generation.  The generation who will (hopefully) grow up in a reality without marijuana persecution.  A generation where adults who partake responsibly are on par with adults who consume alcohol responsibly, and not chastised for the recreational legal activities they enjoy.

For how cringe worthy this book could have been, it was rather well done.  My only guff was with the iambic pentameter in some spots, but I’m sure Shakespeare would tell me to ease off, it’s a difficult subject.

Is it too soon for books like this?  No, but it’s going to be hard for us adults to get used to the concept of such things even existing.  At first it came off as novel, but after digesting the content – this author feels that it’s an important topic for not only children’s safety, but for the advancement of humankind accepting those who responsibly partake in legal and prescribed marijuana.

Stinky Steve Explains Casual Cannabis is available on Amazon, and is worth a read (for you, and your kids).