Medical marijuana dispensary review: Back to Boulder for Boulder MMC

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Fittingly, Boulder MMC is right next to the office of Boulder's pot-friendly congressman, Jared Polis, who has repeatedly stood up for state rights to medical marijuana. Boulder MMC owner Frank Horwich says the congressman has been over to his shop a few times, adding that Polis seemed to like what he saw. And he should.

Boulder MMC

2006 Pearl Street in Boulder

303-449-2888

www.bouldermmc.com

Hours:11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week
Owner/manager: Frank Horwich, Ryan Anderson
Opened: November 2009
Raw marijuana prices for members: $10-$14
Raw marijuana prices for non-members: $12-$16
Online menu: Yes
Other types of medicine: Hash, tinctures, edibles, BHO
Handicap accessible? Yes

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The shop isn't overly done up or made to look fancier than it should -- but its pleasing, Asian lounge-meets-art-gallery feel defies the college-town vibe of so many other Boulder dispensaries (check back next week to see what I mean). Though the designers didn't stay away from the ubiquitous green paint nearly every dispensary uses, they did tone it down to a mellow, earthy olive color that contrasts with the orange-tan wood floors and mauve accent walls. Persian rugs separate the patient lounge and receptionist desk from one another in what is otherwise a large, breezy space.

If this is what Congressman Polis is thinking of when he's fighting for the rights of medical marijuana center owners to have bank accounts like operators of every other legal American business, then I'm cool with it.

I was the only person in during my visit, so I went straight from walking in to filling out paperwork at the reception desk while shooting the shit with the three women running things that day. I was given a short spiel about the various massage services they offer, including something called Rolfing -- which I later learned is a way of increasing movement through controlled stretching and massaging. These wellness services are offered to the entire community, although I imagine this service works out about as well as it does for other shops who try it. Which is to say, patients don't usually take advantage of those services; all they want is a place to get quality herb.

And as I learned when I made my way back to the bud bar, Boulder MMC has plenty of it. The bud bar was toward the back of the shop in a cozy little room packed in with heavy wooden display shelves. A glass-and-wood display case full of hash, tinctures and a few edibles separated me from the budtender, and a refrigerated display case full of edibles buzzed in the corner behind me.

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Strain selection was great, with nearly thirty different cuts on the shelves broken down into three price and quality categories (four, if you count the jar of mixed shake they sell for $10 a gram). Members can expect to pay between $35 and $42 per eighth, with price drops as the weight goes up. Non-members pay a bit more, capping out at $45 per eighth. All prices are before taxes, though, which put an eighth right under my maximum cutoff of $50.

I mostly stuck with the upper-shelf herb, as that was where the in-house-only strains like Super Noff and Dutch Treat Haze were hiding out. Other impressive cuts included a piney, menthol Jackie White, a spot-on OG x Chem cross, and a frosted cut called Dank 13 that was a cross of the shop's Dutch Treat Haze with a Skunk. Owner Horwich says his business partner, Ryan Anderson, doubles as head grower and has been cultivating cannabis for more than fifteen years. He adds that Anderson is constantly coming up with new crosses -- products that have become something of a trademark for Boulder MMC. Everything is run in an organic soil mix indoors, and from the looks of the fat, healthy buds and fall colors on some of the sugar leaves, Anderson lets the buds develop for as long as they need to.

The hash also looked well produced, with at least a dozen of the in-house strains all crafted into two or three different micron sizes. The hash was left unpressed, in a pebbly, rocky texture. Shitty hash makers miss the step of drying and curing their product, rushing it out wet and bragging about how much it sizzles under a lighter. Hash like this melts down and bubbles up properly. At least I assume it does. The problem with the Boulder MMC price structure is that an eighth of herb put me at $50, and my broke ass wasn't about to drop another $20 for a half-gram of hash. Spending $70 for a half-week's medicine might be okay on the college trust-fund budget, but not for tight-belted weed critics.

The shop does have lower price levels, too, though, and some strains, like the Dutch Treat Haze, could be found on more than one shelf. Prices also go down the more you purchase, which is nice, although I don't think I'll ever get past charging more per gram than per-gram on an eighth. No need to make people who can't afford even an eighth of herb pay more for their meds in the long run.

But fixable issues like pricing aside, Boulder MMC is among the few shops I've been to in Boulder worth visiting twice based on the meds alone.

Page down for strain reviews and photos.

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Boulder MMC - CLOSED

2206 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

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21 comments
Sal Tessio
Sal Tessio

Hey William - I would be very interested in any expanded op/ed you could give us on the effects of MMJ on ADD/ADHD. Benificial? Detrimental? Both/Neither?

Just saying
Just saying

This place is over priced and the bud overrated!  Yes you have a big space and rent on Pearl is high, but come on $50 1/8!  maybe when you opened in '09. So many better places in Boulder with better meds @ lower prices. 

Matildabranch
Matildabranch

Michael Roberts:  This place sucks.  I have yet to see anything that does not have any bug damage.  I feel that the breeder crosses are bland and far from quality.  Some people should not be breeding.   Like most of you articles they are also a smorgasbord of misinformation.  How did you get your job? How long have you been around MMJ? Why do you consider yourself an expert?  I fell you need to stop printing false media.   Yellow Journalism! All the real head know you are full of it.  How on earth are you going to vouch for the guy who claims to create bubba kush without doing any homework.  Like his story is disputed by so many that you can not do a fair article without including such.  Guess what?  That cut of bubba he claims to be his is not he got from the clone doctor back in 09.  Google: Bubba Kush (CDR) Cannabis at Mile High Wellness CenterThe CDR stands for clone doctor!!   That matt guy did not even stat the club.  Kurple was created by mike.  Matt was the 4th or 5th gifted OG.  The person who started the first seed is alex.  Everyone I know that has foolishly trusted Matt has gotten burned super bad!Dennis Romero seems to know way more about it then you.  I like his style of writing better too.  I feel you need to be replaced by someone like him. 

Matildabranch
Matildabranch

William Breathes! 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

If you sign-in to the demonic Disqus system, it will allow you to edit comments.

Corey's Mom
Corey's Mom

Matilda...Michael Roberts doesn't write this column.  William Breathes does.

Matildabranch
Matildabranch

Thanks! My message is intended for William Breathes! 

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Don't wax too enthusiastic over Jared Polis; in the recent debate in Vail over legalizing cannabis he voiced his opinion that "smoking marijuana is very bad for you" -- not only is that inaccurate, but it makes for very ineffective rhetoric, i.e. if you're trying to legalize cannabis.  DEA-swine Coulson and other prohibitionists just lap that up -- they no longer need to intone BS like "smoking marijuana is very bad for you" (they don't need to, especially as long as people like Polis keep saying it), instead, they speak as though everybody knows that smoking marijuana is very bad for you, and do their utmost to counterfeit a deep concern for all people, especially those afflicted with the desire to use cannabis.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Yea the whole massage at a dispensary is weird.  It's like the massage in the mall or in a truck stop, just not the right place or the right time.  What patients really wanted and of course will never have with our horrible rules is a place to socialize and smoke.  It would have been really nice to go to a dispensary with a lounge, meet others, puff and relax.  Marijuana is a social drug and works better with others, taking the social aspect out and demanding that dispensaries offer more than just marijuana like massage is just silly.  What ever not like I'd ever be caught dead in a dispensary being video taped buying pot.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Interesting post, High Country Caregiver -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

if we could medicate at shops, I would use them more than to grab an edible once or twice a month.

Ex-BoulderMMC patient
Ex-BoulderMMC patient

BoulderMMC used to be my caregiver but I also found there meds to be on the harsh side a lot of the time, but my main GRIPE with them was their 'supposed' 1yr membership contract.  What a load of shit!  There is no such things as a 'contract' b/t a center and a patient.  A person can change their caregiver every 120 days if they want to, but they try and TRICK people into believing that they have a 'contract' that is binding.  Run your business on the product and services you provide and not tricking people into coming back just b/c they think they can't take their caregiver rights to another center with better pricing and better meds!

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

a contract can exist in almost any business relationship. Did they give you free product or reimburse you for a doctor visit? If you entered into a contract (agreement) because they did something for you, it's completely legal. Just because it's legal with the state to change caregivers doesn't mean you've not broken a legal contract with the MMC. just sayen.

Ex-BoulderMMC patient
Ex-BoulderMMC patient

There is no binding contracts b/t centers and patients plain and simple (even though they want you to believe that it is). To trick people into thinking that they can't go anywhere else b/c they gave you 3.5grams for free is BS...just sayen

Boulder Med Cannabis
Boulder Med Cannabis

yea, if they are telling you you can't shop elsewhere, that's bs. if you agreed to make them your caregiver (ie grow your plant count) for a year because they gave you something of value, that's legal (imo). 

Monkey
Monkey

You can change caregivers every month, centers are 120 days. Caregivers have good buds, centers have commercial warehouse garbage often labeled "top shelf".

Lol
Lol

Lol. One look at the "caregiver" meds on craigslist proves that wrong. Theres shitty weed and shitty growers everywhere. Just because you dont grow for a shop doesnt mean your weed diesnt suckk!

Guest Who
Guest Who

Rofling is a therapeutic massage where you roll around on the floor laughing . There is also ROFLMAOING which essentially is the same except for your ass falls off. 

Anon
Anon

ROFL (see what i did there?)  thats what i thought as i read it too.

Rolfing is a registered service mark of a school of soft tissue manipulation founded by Ida Pauline Rolf[1] in the 1950s, also called structural integration.

The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration states that Rolfing is a "holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organized the whole body in gravity".[2] Claims include that clients stand straighter, gain height, and move better through the correction of soft tissue fixations or improper tonus.

As a form of energy medicine, Rolfing lacks any scientific evidence base.[3] It is described by skeptic and former believer Michael Shermer as "A bunch of hooey".[4]

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