Medical marijuana dispensary review: 3D Denver's Discreet Dispensary

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Denver's Discreet Dispensary is anything but discreet. Though the huge, old, brown-brick industrial building it occupies off Brighton Boulevard does blend in with the warehouses, auto body shops and junkyards that surround it, the huge green crosses on the front and the smell of skunk in the air from the grow-room vents are a dead giveaway as to what is going on inside.

3D Denver's Discreet Dispensary 4305 Brighton Blvd. 303-297-1657 http://www.3dmmc.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Owner: Toni Fox Opened: November 2010 Raw marijuana price range: $20/$35 per eighth for members, $25/$40 for non-members. Other types of medicine: Wide range of edibles, hash, hash oil. Handicap accessible? Yes.

I stopped by the shop after seeing pictures of its waiting room, featuring a window allowing patients to get a look into one of the MMC's grow facilities. I've been to shops that have left the doors to grow rooms open, but this was unique. As noted, the shop is pretty easy to spot, and parking doesn't seem to ever be an issue, as the place is surrounded by acres of blacktop lots.

The owners said they didn't want to give it the stigma of being illegal or criminal, so they eliminated the appearance of harsh security, including bulletproof, glass-encased receptionists and interrogation-room-like waiting areas. When you walk into Discreet Dispensary, you are walking into the actual dispensary.

After greeting me, the receptionist at the desk to my right handed over a clipboard of paperwork to fill out. I didn't see anyone puffing away on a Marlboro or any smoke lingering in the air, but the shop reeked of cigarettes. For all I know, the smoking area is beneath the intake for a vent fan. Either way, it was overwhelming if you're like me and get grossed out by the dingy smell of stale cigarette smoke.

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Paperwork completed, I was given a brief tour of the dispensary by one of the employees. I've been to plenty of dispensaries with large, nice lounges before, but at nearly 2,000 square feet, Discreet Dispensary has easily the most gargantuan waiting area I've visited. It has more square footage in this particular space than I do in my entire house, but the owners have done an excellent job of making it feel like a cozy mountain cabin.

The shop is decorated with Southwestern rugs, mountain-landscape paintings and a large, beautiful shot of Denver with snowcapped peaks in the background. The room was warm, with sunlight from the massive skylights in the ceiling bouncing off the hardwood floor. A few other patients were sitting on the couches, reading magazines.

All shop owners will tell you they wanted to create a spot for patients to feel comfortable and hang out, but talking with Discreet Dispensary manager and grower Mike Marley, I got the feeling he meant it. He said he hoped the shop would not only serve as a dispensary, but also as a community center where patients can learn about the plant together. The folks at Discreet Dispensary have done a good job of that, and if medicating were still allowed on site, I could see this being a big patient draw.

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My tour guide led us to the back of the store, where the huge grow room pictured on the website can be seen. There were four or five windows cut into the long wall, including one lower than the others for wheelchair patients. The herb in the room was still lanky and in early flower, but that much herb is always quite a sight. I've seen dozens of large grows over the past few years, and each one has been as impressive as the next.

Finally, we made our way over to the bud-bar room, which was just off the main waiting area. To the left as you walk in is a large, mirror-backed bar area with four or five large shelves. Filling them were nearly sixty large apothecary jars full of pre-weighed, sealed bags by the gram, half-eighth, eighth and quarter. Marley later told me the grow uses 100 percent organic soil, and everything is done on site at Discreet's two grows.

Sample jars with a few grams of each strain were kept in the two glass-and-wood cases across the room, opposite the bar. I told the budtender my preferences, and he pulled out his picks from the top-shelf, $40 range, including the Alaskan Ice, an orange Chemdawg and Killer Queen.

All three were touted as being some of the best in the shop by the budtender, but none were anywhere near impressive. Most looked like trim-machine-tumbled pebble nuggets, and they all lacked any real discernable strain smells. I sniffed through several other jars, including the OG Kush and Sour Diesel cuts -- two strains that should have an undeniably unique range of smells to them -- and all I got was a dull, barnyard scent.

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The day I was in, there were only four or five discounted $25/eighth strains, and two were heavily seeded. The Chocolope looked more like a mini-grapevine than herb plant, with all of the seed pods. The dispensary also had not-very-appealing in-house BHO that was the color and consistency of used 30-weight motor oil. I ended up taking home two of the budtender's first suggestions, the Killer Queen and the Alaskan Ice, though I really wanted to walk out without buying anything.

When I told this to Marley on the phone yesterday, he told me the Sour Diesel had come from a vendor, and since my visit, all the strains I mentioned have been put down to the $25 level. I think that's an appropriate price for that level of quality.

Marley said he finally got around to testing a lot of the strains that had made their way to the shelves, and they weren't up to his standards -- even the Alaskan Ice, which the budtender said was being featured in an upcoming edition of Kush magazine. Marley also pointed out that the shop will return any herb that doesn't satisfy a patient. I haven't been back to check, but its two-day-old menu on Weedmaps.com lists strains like the not-so-sour Sour Diesel, Killer Queen and Alaskan Ice at $40 an eighth.

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3D Cannabis Center

4305 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

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16 comments
 nazmun-tgtree
nazmun-tgtree

We have recently begun to accept new members for 2011-2012 and walk-ins are always welcome. We have lowered our pricing and now offer a 10% discount for Veterans & Students (with valid ID) and HIV & Cancer patients.  (All our TOP SHELF 1/8’s are capped at $40).  Since opening our doors in 2009 our Denver dispensary has stood by our product and offered a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. http://www.tgtree.com/

Lbass215
Lbass215

Mike Marley brought the seeds with him. Barry had that place perfect before he got there. The grape ape was was the best around. I go to the Clinic the is no better 

percussionisto
percussionisto

Budtenders often recommend strains from a vendor because they know how much it cost them.  With wholesale prices for dispensaries at 2500-3500+ /lb there is an implied quality that goes with that price.  I'm glad prices have come down for the patient but the opposite is true for dispensaries who purchase meds from other centers.   

Clive Penn
Clive Penn

William -- Can you recommend a portable scope for inspecting flowers on-site?  Make/model, or at least what magnification power is recommended to see those "mangled trichome heads", and also spotting critters and mildew/mold.  Thanks!

CedrickD1
CedrickD1

Westword.  You guys really are something.  I just seen the same dispensary information on another site MMJ Kush

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

the link to their website is broken. it looks like you may have forgotten the http:// part in the a href tag

Marley and Me
Marley and Me

So if everything is done in 3d's two grows, why is the sour d from a vendor? I'm glad that shop owners are listening to reviews (like iVita), but these are rookie mistakes. I hope whoever you review next week has the common sense to not feature a shitty strain in their paid advertorial.

Jay
Jay

That's also the first go-to excuse when pests/problems are found, is that 'oh, it came from a vendor'. At least the shops I've had issues with had no problem pulling the product.

Clive Penn, any illuminated scope (radio shack, head shop at $15) should let you view close enough. I think WB uses a USB scope with a computer. Those are worth the investment if you care about your meds.

Ry Prichard
Ry Prichard

The Veho 200X is what KindReviews staff uses to inspect the strains we get for review and Med Watch.  It hooks up to a computer via USB, takes pictures, takes video, and focuses at ~40X or the full 200x.  Seeing PM and bugs at 60X is tough (lots of false alarms and it's tough to know for sure unless you're very experienced with pest inspection), I'd definitely recommend spending $60 for the Veho on Amazon.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Clive, for your own home use I would suggest finding something that is at least 60x.

Your Name Here
Your Name Here

Radio Shack sells a 60x-100x hand held mini microscope for about $12.00

I have one... and its a little too powerful... I think a 60x"loop" magnifier would be a better choice

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

seems like spam to me. there is nothing to look at. it's just a dispensary ad on one of a jillion sites that hope to make money off of cannabis electrons. 

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