Medical marijuana dispensary review: A Mile High on Alameda

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It wasn't a busy day, but the shop named A Mile High was slammed with customers the day I was in -- including a father in with his toddler son buying herb. Now, I have no problem with herb being used around children, but years of DARE and anti-drug propaganda still make that situation a strange one at first.

A Mile High

63 West Alameda Avenue
Denver, CO 80223
303-722-3420
www.amilehighllc.com

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Online menu: Yes.
Other types of medicine: Hash, BHO edibles
Handicap-accessible?: Yes.

The center's waiting area doubles as a makeshift head shop, with pipes and bubblers ranging from $7.50 gold-fumed one-hitters to cheap $40 glass bubblers and knockoff glass-on-glass waterpipes. I got a good look at the selection while waiting the fifteen minutes it took for the dude in front of me to make his pick -- and then for a woman who cut ahead of me in line to go in and purchase joints for the road.

Meanwhile, I sat back on a leather couch reading random cannabis magazines and fighting off the urge to pee -- one made worse by the trickling water sculpture on the end table near me. There's an upstairs to the shop, but it's not used for patient services, and judging by the number of cables running through the celieing of the waiting room, it's probably A Mile High's office space. Otherwise, the waiting room was bare and clean, with gray walls and a black-and-white picture of the Georgetown Loop railroad standing as the token piece of artwork.

Finally, the crowd ahead of me dissipated and the overwhelmed budtender came back to copy my paperwork and put me in the shop's system. After a minute of chit-chatting about how busy the shop normally is compared to the onslaught I just witnessed, I was on my way back to the dispensary for some shopping.

Initial impression: There wasn't much to review. About a dozen jars with various amounts of mariuana in them sat on the top shelves of two different display cases. Herb on the left sold for $25 an eighth, while herb on the right went for $35 an eighth. My budtender started out with the usual "What are you in for?" routine and quckly reached for a few jars when I mentioned that I had been on an indica kick lately due to cramping pain.

The first jar he showed me was a wispy, larfy batch of Hash Plant that, in all honesty, I could have grown better. I don't say that much, because I have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is. But this herb looked and smelled like it was cut a month early. Similarly larfy was the NYC Sour D, Lemon Skunk and Sour Kush. My budtender, though a nice guy, was clearly done with his day before I walked in and was going through the motions with me as far as strain selection goes. He couldn't even fake the enthusiasm it would have taken to get me to go home with most of their selection.

One or two jars, including some ripe Blue Dream and shakey Sour Diesel looked and smelled better than the rest, but even those were lifeless examples compared to strains I've seen recently in other shops.

Bubble hash sells for $25 a gram, but it looked like pressed dry-sieve and wasn't worth the extra money to bring any home -- especially since it was made from trim from the less-than-developed buds on the shelf. Same for the BHO, which sold for $35 a gram in small jars globbed full of the gooey hash oil.

As far as edibles go, the shop had a good selection of treats from Dr. Jays and Benjamin's, but relatively little else outside of those two product lines. Most edibles sold for around $8 a pop, including the Dr. Jay's Hostess-style cupcakes that I recently tried (and which put me on my ass). The shop also carried Mad Hatter teas that I was told give a full-body relaxation high not unlike a muscle relaxer and are great for pain and soreness.

But I opted for no extras this week, as nothing in the shop was enticing enough to spend any more money than I had to. Splitting an eighth was easy enough, though I was charged at the higher eighth price for some reason and ended up paying around $33 and some change for a half of a $25 eighth and a half of a $30 eighth. On the plus side, I was given a four-gram eighth for being a first-time patient.

Page down for strain reviews and photos.


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