May 25 2011 12:00 AM

821 E. Kalamazoo St., Suite D2, Lansing (517) 316-0700 Hours: M-F 10 a.m.-9 p.m. & Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m


It’s construction season in Michigan, so
add Kalamazoo Street to the list of roads being resurfaced, repaired and
upgraded. Sections of Kalamazoo are limited to east-bound traffic,
making access to the Mid-Michigan Patients Group’s East Club tricky.
It’s easy to overlook this dispensary because the storefront isn’t on
Kalamazoo proper. Located in the back of the 821 building complex, you
might want to sneak in via Eighth Street, just west of Pennsylvania. 

This business — which has a sister store
at 3826 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard — has a spacious lobby and
an attractive smaller office where medicines are displayed in a large
glass case. After your credentials are checked, patients can survey the
medicinal offerings with the assistance of knowledgeable, friendly

I visited on a recent Saturday afternoon,
just after lunch. The dispensary has an optional $25 membership, which
admits members to the club’s Saturday farmers markets at this location.
Memberships are also good for a number of special discounts. New members
get a top-shelf gram when joining, which pretty much covers the
membership fee. 

This shop has a wide variety of strains
that range from $10 a gram for lower quality marijuana to $25 a gram for
purple haze, which I am led to believe is quite special. The co-owners
were quite engaging and indicated a fair number of the cannabis strains
they dispense are grown by members. They had a limited assortment of
medibles and other products on Saturday, but they are still settling
into this secondary location. 

I selected a Rice Krispies treat for $5
and the “Wembley” strain, a hybrid grown by a dispensary member, for
$15. I was cautioned against consuming the entire treat in one sitting,
so I initially ate about one-third of the treat and finished it several
hours later. The treat offered a mild head buzz for several hours, then
much more intense sensations of stimulation, well-being and relaxation
for several more hours. It did not have an overpowering cannabis flavor
or aroma. 

I smoked and vaporized the Wembley, which
is a cross between AK-47 and Bubble Gum. These two cannabis strains
work well together to produce a hoppy aroma and a light, fresh flavor.
The effects included full body relaxation without grogginess or fatigue.