In 1996, Shaw started the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana Alliance, or MAMM, in the Marin County town of Fairfax.
“I like to think of myself as the godmother of dispensaries,” Shaw says, “and that all the dispensaries are my godchildren.”
She certainly has a claim to the title, as hers was the first dispensary in the country ever to receive a permit to sell medical marijuana. Sitting at a makeshift desk at the back of her store, Shaw beams with pride as recalls the many people she helped — she refers to her patients as her family — and the long, arduous battle she’s waged to return to the place where it all began.
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"I have been coming here for years. The entire staff is friendly and helpful. The menu is broad in smokables, edibles and topicals and very reasonably priced. There is a small waiting room with a lively parrot to keep you entertained. They also will help in scheduling medical evaluations. Always an easy and pleasant experience."
- Anonymi T.
"Welcome Back Marin Alliance and Lynette Shaw! Long considered the founder of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in California, her new shop (at the original location) and dispensary in Fairfax is a real asset to the community."
- Mike W.
"Great vibes with a concentration on quality organics. It may not be the lowest prices overall but, being the coolest boutiques around, its the best. .. and close to a yoga studio and spa! - Scott R.
"Lynette Shaw is the Godmother of medical marijuana in America, California and the rest of the world. We all owe her sooooo much and Lynette, if you need anything, I got you."
- J. D.