Pot shop still open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Store saw an increase in business; workers implementing extra sanitation, curbside pick-up



Aaron, an official bud tester at MJ’s, helps a customer inside of the shop.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen editor-in-chief

Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay-at-home” order exempts essential businesses and workers, one of which includes cannabis retailers such as MJ’s Pot Shop on Southeast Bishop Boulevard.

Jenn Augenstein, general manager at MJ’s Pot Shop, said the shop is running normally on top of all the additional safety precautions they put in place.

“We’ve implemented extra sanitizing options,” Augenstein said. “We’re also working with our medical patients — they have the option to call in and set up an order and then we can bring it out to their car.”

She said the number of customers who visited last week was more than usual. Cannabis growers that MJ’s Pot Shop works with also had an uptick in business, she said.

They do not foresee any issues in the future and are willing to take steps needed to keep customers safe, Augenstein said. 

The hours for the shop are the same, she said. 

The shop is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, according to MJ’s Pot Shop website. Medical consultant hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MJ’s Pot Shop offers recreational and medical marijuana. The shop opened its doors October 4, 2014, according to the website.