May 4 2011 12:00 AM

1917 W. Saginaw St., Lansing 517-372-8085 Hours: M-F 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


From the road, this dispensary on Lansing’s west side
appears to be a tobacco smoke shop with a few “Medical Marijuana” signs
randomly scattered around. 

A-Plus Caregivers offers a small variety of medibles and
cannabis, displayed in cases that look the same as all of the other
display cases selling tobacco products. Tobacco is this shop’s main
focus, as the cannabis is set off to the side with a haphazard,
let-it-lie-where-it-may feel.

The cannabis ranges from $12 to $20 a gram and is stored
in glass jars labeled by variety and price. I was informed by the owner
that all of their cannabis is locally acquired. This is a nice change
from some shops I’ve reviewed — we need to encourage dispensary owners
to know their product, where it comes from and how it was grown,
including chemical sprays.

I decided to try the Cotton Candy at $20 a gram and the
Cheese at $16 a gram. I enjoyed the flavor of the Cotton Candy, but I
failed to get much of an effect from it. This could be due to what
looked like an early harvest on the buds. The cannabis did give me a
mellow feel, but not much pain or nausea relief. 

The cheese had an amber color to it and
looked fully grown-out and cured. This strain provided good muscle
relaxation and slight nausea relief. It was a balanced head and body
high with physical and psychological relief. 

Medibles were all $5 each and included chocolate chip
cookies, brownies and Rice Krispies Treats. They were individually
wrapped but not labeled, so be careful to keep away from non-patients.
Labels are important safety precautions, especially those that list
ingredients to let us know what is in the product in case of food

A- Plus Caregivers carries well-cured and tasty cannabis,
but it needs to understand that they are working with a beneficial
medical product — not just something else you can smoke. Then again, for
those who partake in smoking tobacco as well, A-Plus may be your
one-stop smoke shop. Here’s something to think about: Should medical
marijuana products be allowed to be sold alongside tobacco?