The business was partnering with a local medical marijuana dispensary, which was unable to secure the necessary permits in time for the truck to operate this weekend.
“We might not have been fully compliant had we operated there and we weren’t willing to take that risk,” said Garyn Angel, CEO of Seattle-based MagicalButter.com.
Another dispensary in Black Diamond was found, and the truck will be stopping instead at the MMJ Universe Farmers Market, a market for cannabis-related products in Black Diamond.
The original location, just outside Everett on 112th Street SW, is called the Jet City Farmers Market, which isn’t a member of the Washington State Farmers Market Association. It doesn’t appear to have a Web page but shares an address with HypeHerbally Holistic Health, a medical marijuana dispensary, according to Leafly.com, a marijuana resource website.
A call to HypeHerbally wasn’t immediately returned.
The truck, a hot-pink converted school bus dubbed the Samich Truck, has been touring Colorado and is coming to Washington on a trip to promote MagicalButter.com’s botanical extractors, which can be used in preparing edible marijuana products as well as other foods.
Customers would need a doctor’s permission to buy the truck’s THC-infused sandwiches, popcorn and other treats.
By working with medical marijuana dispensaries, the truck was operating outside the recreational marijuana law under Initiative 502.
“There are any number of reasons why it’s incompatible with I-502,” Liquor Control spokesman Mikhail Carpenter said earlier this week.
The licenses for the first recreational marijuana retail stores in the state are scheduled to be issued July 7.
The name for the Samich truck is derived from slang for sandwich but also is an acronym for Savory Accessible Marijuana Infused Culinary Happiness.
One person who might have a problem with the rolling potmobile is Jason Graham, the Everett resident who has run a food truck called The Sammich Truck for a year.
Graham’s Sammich Truck sells gourmet — non-psychoactive — sandwiches, mostly in King County and at catered events, but he plans to be at the Experience Everett festival Aug. 17.
Graham said he doesn’t have a problem with a food truck selling edible marijuana products, but he does object to their use of the name.
“I’ve got contracts in some places, Boeing and others, where I sell my products,” Graham said.
“I don’t want to risk any future contracts simply based on association,” he said, adding that he’s consulting with his attorney about next steps.
In the meantime, Graham intends to post a disclaimer on his website, thesammichtruck.com, and Facebook page, distinguishing his business from the pot truck.
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