Medical marijuana dispensary review: Back to Boulder for Boulder MMC
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.
2006 Pearl Street in Boulder
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
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.
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.
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