Seattle’s Biggest Buzz Dealer Isn’t Starbucks

A mobile app shows there are more medical marijuana shacks than Starbucks in town.

By Laura Dannen October 8, 2012 Published in the November 2012 issue of Seattle Met

We all know that tired joke about a Starbucks on every city block. But get this: As of early September, the java giant wasn’t the storefront leader in Seattle. The new king in town? Marijuana dispensaries. City data put the number of pot shops at 145, while Starbucks had 139 locations in the greater Seattle area. And finding your bud has never been easier thanks to WeedMaps Media, creator of a phone app that plots marijuana dispensaries across cities like a pirate’s map of buried cannabis. A leaf marks the spot.

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