Aug. 3 2011 12:00 AM

2010 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 580-0663 Hours: M-Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Safe Harbor Alternative Medicine is located on the hippest
block of shops on Michigan Avenue, wedged between Emil’s Restaurant and
across the street from Gone Wired Café between Clemens and Fairview

Safe Harbor, which opened in early July
after taking over the lease of Capitol City Compassion Club, occupies a
large, open storefront that has a community-centered vibe. The co-owners
— one of whom is Mike Malott, author of the “Michigan Medical Marijuana
Handbook” — were overseeing the dispensary when I visited on a recent
Wednesday evening. They were very easy to talk with and had a wealth of
medical marijuana information, history and experience. 

Per standard practice, my credentials
were checked in the lobby area, which was spacious and well lit. The
back room also is quite large and houses medicines, smoking accessories
and books. Safe Harbor does offer physician referrals and massage
therapy from a certified massage therapist. The owners indicated that
they have plans to add a number of services, products, a clone room and a
kitchen for cooking medibles. They are also hoping to open the second
floor for live music and other cultural functions. 

One unique service Safe Harbor offers is a
grow room consultation for caregivers and patients looking to start
their own cannabis cultivation. Price is based on the size of the grow

On this visit, Safe Harbor had eight
strains — several of which I had not seen before — that ranged from $12
to $20 a gram. A novel item at Safe Harbor is a sampler of half-grams in
a refillable container. The sampler provides individuals with the
opportunity to try a variety of strains at a reduced cost. I selected
the Apollo 13 for $15, which is a sativa-dominant strain. I received a
generously dense, light-green bud. A friend who is also a patient
described the flavor of the plant as “spicy-sweet.” The effect was an
almost immediate soaring euphoria, which was somewhat surprising based
on my experience with vaporization.