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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page C-7 ABOVE: BELOW: Dylan Glover works this summer at Mud Bay Meds in Olympia. The medical marijuana dispensary serves many patients A majority of Mud Bay patrons prefer eating 'edibles' -- marijuana-infused candy and food -- to smoking the plant itself, Journal photos by Tom Hyde in their 60s and 70s. Still-newmedidnd marijuana trade makes its way dealer or grower in this country in the past 100 years would have a hard time conjuring, even in the dreamiest of mental states, the kind of ) that Bob Davies has at his little shop on a parcel of land near Mud Bay. From the back of the store, the view be- yond the bay and a stretch of wavy grassland reaches to a horizon outlined by the Black Hills. From the front of the store looking north across Mud Bay Road, you can take in a quiet stretch of Eld Inlet busy with birds and trees hanging over still water. Davies, 64, has been selling medical mari- juana from his Mud Bay Meds dispensary since September 2013. Throughout his business day, dozens of people -- they're called patients in this corner of the pot trade -- step onto his wooden front porch and push through the front door of the one-story structure (the former lo- cale of Shipwreck Beads). They sign in at the front desk and are taken to another room the size of an average living room. In that room, customers can pick from marijuana and marijuana-filled products: Dried bud, lollipops, hard candy, lotions, concentrates, beverages. The dried pot is on shelves in separate containers above and behind the display counter, which itself contains concentrates, tinctures, capsules, balms. Arrayed around the rest of the room are small displays of edible items, including marijuana brownies, cookies and candy. If By KIRK ERICSON you want, you can buy a marijuana-infused beverage. On a wall, a calendar with a picture of ducks in flight had yet to be turned to the cur- rent month, already 15 days old. On another wall is one of those yellow-shaded nautical charts of Puget Sound. After talking with a clerk -- called a bud- tender -- customers make their picks, hand over cash and leave with their marijuana. The whole pot transaction occurs without any of the anxiety or dread that sometimes marked such deals during much of our state's history, and still does in most parts of this country. The prevailing mood is confusion, especially among newer customers. As in, what should I buy? And here's the topper to this never-imag- ined state of affairs: Prominently displayed on Mud Bay Meds' front door is an 8-by-ll sheet of paper that carries a warning: NOTICE TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS This is a collective garden. It is a private facility open ONLY to members and prospective members. If we did not contact you and request your presence, we formally request that you leave NOW. see MEDICAL, page C-8