First Timer’s Guide to Shopping for Legal Cannabis

Welcome to your first time cannabis (shopping) experience!

First time cannabis shopping guide
Friendly budtenders excited to talk cannabis and help you select what kind of experience you’re looking for!

It’s no secret that recreational cannabis has started to change a culture that was at one point very underground. With the passing of I-502, Washington has seen a green explosion! Cannabis going mainstream is at the very center of it all. With this strange paradigm shift in culture and attitudes, more people are considering becoming first time cannabis customers. Whether you’re a tourist visiting a legal state, a lifelong Washingtonian who is looking for a new way to unwind, or someone who is seeking alternative ways to improve their quality of life The Evergreen Market is here to make sure you have a great experience.

We understand that the recreational cannabis industry is incredibly diverse. To someone coming in for the first time, it can be a little intimidating. Please allow us to walk you through your first Evergreen Market experience!

Welcome to The Evergreen Market!

Vaughn helps first time cannabis customers find their strain
Well lit, open, and inviting were all consistent points of The Evergreen Market design.

The first thing you might notice when you walk into any one of our three locations is the express window. (We will cover that later!) For now lets direct ourselves to the left towards the decorative willow door that is the same at all of our locations. A budtender (or during the busy weekend, a security guard) will greet you, and check your I.D. We scan I.D.’s at the door, and once more at the register so feel free keep it out and ready. We take remaining compliant with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board very seriously. Your I.D. must be validated by the employee who let’s you in as well the employee who rings you up.

After coming inside don’t be shy about letting somebody know that you’re a first time cannabis customer! Especially if you’re feeling uneasy keep an eye out for an educator. They can be identified with a white lanyard around their neck. Educators are a unique role at The Evergreen Market, and are specifically designated to help first time cannabis customers, as well as anyone seeking more in-depth knowledge related to the recreational and wellness benefits of cannabis. Whether you find an educator or a budtender to assist you for your first time in, you will have a perfectly equipped guide to help you find just what you are looking for.

Let us show you around!

Open and well lit retail salesfloor perfect for first time cannabis shoppers
Celebrating cannabis enthusiasts coming out into the open was a huge driver for the stores aesthetic appearence.

From here your budtender will introduce you to the layout of our store. We’ve split our inventory into different sections, which are: CBD products, prerolls, edibles, flower (which is what we call loose cannabis in a bag or jar), concentrates/dabs, and vape cartridges. In order to keep things easy this layout is repeated at any of our locations. Once you’ve been to one Evergreen Market, you can easily shop at them all!

If you are more of a solitary shopper, and would rather browse our selection alone, please let us know! Always feel free to seek assistance when you are ready to make a selection or if you have any questions. Our top priority is ensuring that all of our guests feel safe and welcome while they shop. We understand that not everybody needs, or wants too much help right away, especially if it’s your first time cannabis experience and you’re just wanting to check it out.

First time cannabis user friendly options for those who don't want to smoke
Our wide selection of products includes item’s that don’t need to be inhaled; such as edibles and topicals!

After a brief tour, your guide will ask what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re looking for flower they will direct you towards the flower counter and from there we’ll determine the type of cannabis that you’re looking for based on how you’d like to feel, what you’d like to do, and even what flavor profile you’re looking for. We have a wide variety of strains and producers to choose from, so don’t be shy about asking your guide to see something more up close and personal. We want to ensure that you’re as confident in your selection as you can be, especially for your inaugural trip as a first time cannabis customer! In addition to flower we also have a selection of products that are a little less intimidating like CBD edibles or microdosing (lower amounts of THC) options.

Checkout Time!

After you’ve made your selection your guide will write you a green ticket that we like to call 710 slips. Take your 710 slip up to the front counter, and one of our friendly expediters will take it from you and fill your order. While you’re in line don’t forget to sign up for our rewards program! It will score you 20% off after 10 check-ins. It will also keep you connected to special deals and rare strains only available to members of our Evergreen Elite Rewards Program.

First time cannabis customers can easily be guided through our stores
Our expeditors fill your order while you’re in line to ensure minimal wait time!

You might also notice people coming up to the window that we mentioned previously. That is our express window! We have designed it to serve folks who already know what they want or if they’ve placed an order online. We have our complete menu live updated available through Just select the store from the menu along the top of the page and start putting together your order.

Once you’ve had your I.D. scanned at the register (hopefully you kept it out!) A cashier will scan your product and cash out your order. Our cashiers always hand back your receipt, as it is required by the WSLCB. Once you have your items the line will direct you to the exit door. This will place you back in our main lobby. Now you’re free to enjoy your legal cannabis within the privacy of your own home!

Thanks for stopping by!

We understand that to many people, making a purchase as a first time cannabis customer from a recreational store can seem like a harrowing experience. At The Evergreen Market we strive to maintain a safe, welcoming environment. We pride ourselves on providing a stress-free and informative retail cannabis experience. We hope that we’ve done everything we can to make sure you had a positive shopping trip!

A friendly farewell to wrap up your first time cannabis shopping experience
Thank’s for visiting us! See you again soon!

-Mike Rhode, Educator at our South Renton location


Your Journey Starts Here.

Want to see our Menu? Order Online and Pick up at the Express Window

Auburn Menu HERE

North Renton Menu HERE

South Renton Menu HERE

Express Window helps Weed Snobs get their legal cannabis fast and easy.
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