Medical marijuana dispensary review: Denver Patients Group
Denver Patients Group
Location: 2863 Larimer St. Unit B
Owner/Manager: Aaron Pearson
Raw marijuana price range: $40-$50 for an eighth, $12-20 grams of bud. Shake and mixed bags sell for as low as $25 an eighth.
Other types of medicine: Butane hash oil, edibles, tinctures.
Handicap accessible? Yes.
Denver Patients Group is in a small tan building with large green crosses in the windows on Larimer Street about seven blocks from Coors Field. The lobby isn't much; a few plastic and metal chairs and a fuzzy twenty-something-inch flat screen TV that sat on a shelf in the corner broadcasting the local news the day I was in. The place doesn't feel unwelcoming, though staffers clearly aren't out to create a lounge for patients to chill at all day reading High Times.
Paperwork was minimal, too, and within a few minutes, I was done and on my way back to the bud bar. The bar itself was about as simple as the front room, albeit with a huge fish tank on one side of the room. Two clean glass counter-tops made up the bar, while edibles, concentrates and clear white pill jars full of pre-weighed amounts of herb filled the shelves.
The budtender gave me the quick first-time-in-the-shop talk, walking me through their selection of different meds. A younger guy, he was open and honest about what strains he had and hadn't tried and what strains he liked and why. Samples of the dozen or so strains were on the counter in small, sealed jars, and my budtender encouraged me to open them all up and smell my way through the merchandise. The buds went from not that impressive to some really funky dank. The shop's Blue Dream was fruity and sweet, and the Diablo OG Kush was enticing as well. I ended up with the Headband, Triple Diesel and another cousin in the OG Kush family named Larry OG -- the last two really standing out among the samples. Owner Aaron Pearson said his crew grows everything hydroponically, and members take pride in drying and curing out their herb properly.
Granted, not all of the jars were impressive. On the opposite side of the spectrum were the bland G.W. Kush and a Durban Poison, which lacked the distinct spiciness that the African-based cut tends to carry. Despite the dull smells on some, everything I opened looked to be grown well. I'm also on a pretty big hash and concentrate kick lately. Part of it comes from how effective the medicine is for treating my nausea, and the other half comes from how enjoyable it is to get completely rocked on high levels of THC. The shop had grams of BHO for $50 apiece, which isn't a bad price comparatively. But still, $50 is a lot to drop on one gram, and being able to buy it by the half-gram would be better for me as a penny-pinching patient who still wants to get some strong meds.
My only real gripe with the shop was their pricing structure for non-members. Top tier strains sell for an acceptable $50 per eighth, but buying it by the gram runs $20, which is about $5.70 too much. I can understand charging more for the inconvenience of weighing out just a gram for some patients, but when the shop is already pre-weighing everything, it's not an inconvenience. The same is true for their mid-tier pricing, as well. Pearson admitted that it makes it hard for patients to try variety and forces them to buy the eighth to get the better deal. "I think it's worth that much," he said. "If you go around and check out other stores, you aren't going to see the quality compared to our stuff." He added that patients who sign up DPG as their caregiver get all strains at $12 a gram or $40 an eighth. The shop does have lower price brackets, so you aren't forced to buy the most expensive stuff. But I'm not out hunting for mid-grade herb.
I walked out with a $50 gram of hash and two grams of herb, plus a free gram for being a first-time patient, for a total of $90. No doubt the herb was good, and it's probably not a bad shop to sign up as your caregiver. But for non-members, it is a bit hard on the wallet.
Page down to see if it was worth the dough.