Medical marijuana dispensary re-review: Colorado Alternative Medicine in Denver

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For years, Colorado Alternative Medicine has been known as the place to pick up some of the state's best-grown meds. By December 2010, when I first visited the tiny South Broadway duplex, even growers were known to shop there between harvests. And based on my latest visit, little has changed.

Colorado Alternative Medicine (CAM)

2394 South Broadway
Denver, C0
720-379-7295
www.camdispensary.com

Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday noon to 5 p.m., closed Sundays.
Raw marijuana price range: $45/eighth, $320/ounce, tax included, for non-members; $40/eighth, $300/ounce, tax included, for members. Daily specials as low as $25 an eighth all the way up to an ounce.
Online menu? Yes.
Other types of medicine: Hash, BHO, small selection of edibles, ointments.
Handicap accessible? Yes.

A few things are different, though. Like the stretch of Broadway out front, for example. Technically, it is in the process of changing right nowwith a headache-inducing repaving job that has locked South Broadway businesses in a vortex of never-ending construction. There's a parking lot out behind CAM, though, so approaching the place from the rear might be a better alternative for saving your sanity.

Inside the shop, it's the same place we visited nearly two years ago. The waiting room looks exactly the same, if a little bit more lived in. Artwork hasn't changed at all, and the place still has a wide-open feel despite its tiny size. In short: Things don't have to change here to be relevant. The shop is still chill on the inside while maintaining a professional, clean vibe. No stoner's bedroom here -- but not a slick, fake pharmacy environment, either. Instead, CAM is something right down the middle -- which is a perfect balance for this industry.

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The bud bar is still the same, as well: two glass and wood countertops pushed together at the corners to make an "L" shape, with herb kept in labeled jars beneath the glass along with a handful of edibles. There's also a rotating glass display on top of one counter featuring topical lotions and oils. The bud bars look like they haven't been cleaned since I was last in, based on the caked-on layer of keif and resin filling the cracks and crannies of the wood and smudging up the glass. Not complaining, though. When your herb is as caked with trichomes as CAM's, it's hard not to spill crystals when breaking up buds.

Hip-hop blasted from the stereo, and you could tell my budtender was having a good time catching up with a staffer between pulling strains for me to check out. I don't really mind, as I'm sure a dispensary is a pretty fun place to work. But after a while, she was a little too into her conversation with the employee and another patient who had come in behind me, and I felt like I was interrupting her from time to time just to ask to see things or place my order.

But all that can be overlooked when you consider how good the cannabis in this shop is -- the same quality level I've seen the few times I've stopped by CAM's booths at High Times events.

The genetics and strain examples were outstanding, starting with a huge, chunky batch of Golden Goat that looked more like pieces of shiny orange, deep-sea coral than cannabis. I've seen the best of the strain from its creator, and this freakishly crystallized batch definitely compares, but with an added boost in size and sugary, tangy smells. And for OGs, the shop had a stinky, diverse collection ranging from the golden Deadhead OG to a jar of soil-smelling Cataract Kush.

Also impressive was the Kizzle, which looked like tiny, green, spear-shaped rocket ships out of the jar and had a crazy, almost mint finish to the smell. The Tangerine Haze was nearly the same size and smell of actual tangerines, and the Sour D x Chemdawg was ridiculously stinky and dusted with amber trichomes. I could go on and on, because everything in the selection was all worth talking about. But I did have to choose eventually, and I went with the Super Silver Sour Diesel Haze and the Deadhead OG.

An employee I spoke with after my visit told me that CAM is running in a soilless medium and keeping things "as close to organic" as possible. She also mentioned that the growers flush for a minimum of two weeks. And clearly, curing is a strong suit for the shop, as all of the buds had potent smells and great density and dryness.

I didn't get much of a rundown on the hash selection, though CAM seems to offer a decent variety. My budtender basically put the tray of small jars up on the counter and told me which ones were icewater hash and which ones were BHO. Labels were on the side, thankfully, and I ended up going with a half-gram of (I think) San Fernando Valley OG butane-extracted hash. Grams of BHO sell for $40, and grams of icewater sell for $20.

The one thing that has almost stayed the same at CAM is the pricing. Call it a function of being spoiled by low prices, or call it me being cheap, but $45 for non-members is too spendy to make this place a regular stop without designating it as your primary center. And even then, being locked in at $40 an eighth and around $300 an ounce still seems high. The shop does have specials for both members and non-members that bring at least one strain a day down to $25-$35 an eighth, however, and with CAM's quality, that's a solid buy.

But, hey, the shop seems to still do fine with business. There were two people ahead of me in line, and a third person who was up at the bud bar when I was checking things out. People shop at Whole Foods and pay way more for better organic versions of the same stuff that Safeway has. CAM seems to be filling that same niche among medical cannabis users, who know you'll get what you pay for.

Page down for strain reviews and photos.

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Colorado Alternative Medicine

2394 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

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TheTruth
TheTruth

Will,

I don't think you or the other donkeys on here appreciate what it takes for small shops to produce high quality meds.  You and others blast any shop not offering $25 1/8ths, regardless of quality, service or consistency. As an owner of a one location shop, like Anna, actively involved in both the retail and the grow, it's simply not feasible to produce the quality product we do, and charge $25-35 while maintaining compassion programs to take care of patients that truly need. We grow medicine for  patients that need high quality, safe medicine, not to be flipped on the streets. If you or anyone else doesn't get that, I'm sure I speak for most of the shops producing high quality meds, go somewhere else, and when you get a respiratory issue from smoking something tainted, don't complain. Keep up the good work Anna. Will, I think you should reevaluate some of your criticism, there is a big difference between medical marijuana and marijuana.

 

coaltmed
coaltmed

Thank you for the generous review William. We use House & Garden  (not advanced, not that there is anything wrong with that either) ; we grow all of our own product and are proud of it. I am my own grower, with a wonderful team, and though we can always improve we work hard to put out quality product for our patients. 

 

Anna 

 

Bigchill
Bigchill

A couple of years ago they had some fire. La kush, alien og, and the death star. That was some FIRE. Just goes to show ya, dispensaries aren't who has the fire, the growers are.

Bigchill
Bigchill

Also, anyone see the natgeo video of the owner? At the high times cup.. The girl (the owner of cam) starts talking her shiesty small grow up. Then they cut to her and her crew standing at the high times cup and waiting to hear results of winners. when she looses... She runs, crying, I mean RUNS to her car saying all these excuses like a little baby whale washed up ashore after a oil spill. Sad just so sad what this has become. Don't buy from these people, you'll only be prolonging this little girls sad lost addicted dream.

Bigchill
Bigchill

Hahah what a joke. William you were just told the Bs that most, already closing dispensaries in Cali, are spewing... Almost all organic hahahahah and two week flush hahahahah dude the freaking bottle on the ferts says that info. Nice research ya hack. Also they use advanced nutrients.. With all their sketch additives... That's like eating at a steak restraunt and just blindly calling all the beef grass fed... Hahhaa this has become a joke of a scene... Oh and their inexpensive shit is just no flush rush cure nasty snap crackle pop grass... You have no proof these guys are organic or top notch, just spewing this out ur nuts because it's what these people told u. William, u even said the girl started acting above u and shit hahahahah she was! Dont worry though, unfortunately. They'll all be crying in a few years when pharma takes over... Dispensary bandwagon is OVER... Colorado is just riding the wake of the tsunami.. This review proves it.

JohnCSmith
JohnCSmith

I don't think William Breathes has or needs a license to sell medical marijuana, he's just a patient reviewing MMC's.

 

Did Donkey get banned? Why is 'Patient' asking Westword to post the license of that business? Why can't you idiots go to the shop and ask to see their paperwork if you're so concerned? Why do people think that it's WB's job to ask for, get, and publish this information?

Patient
Patient

Please post your state license to sell medical marijuana.

guest
guest

seriously, another repeat review?

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard, or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime pay, the many kickbacks, and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid, and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 

 

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem. 

 

Prohibition prevents regulation: legalize, regulate, and tax!

 

jaycee
jaycee

"On average, marijuana can be purchased in Mexico for approximately between $100 and $200 per kilogram."  That's $100 to $200 for 2.2 pounds or 35.2 ounces.  Marijuana is worth what you are willing to pay for it.  Stop the madness that is $300 ounces.

http://www.marijuana-addiction.org/Marijuana_Prices.htm

actualpatient
actualpatient

 @TheTruth Where is this compassion program? I'm on work comp (hopefully for only another month!), and would love to visit a seriously "compassionate" dispensary that discounts to patients in serious pain that don't want to get hooked on painkillers! I've been "helped out", but never treated as if they truly understood.

 

PS 35-40 an 1/8 is way over what it should be charged, but i understand there are risks (financial/fed/health) of growing tons of buds.

IcePick
IcePick

 @TheTruth Dear The Truth,

 

This is capitalism.  I will drive a hundred miles for the right deal.  If you are not offering $25 eighths and expecting to drop to $20 eighths then you will not have any customers by the end of the winter.  This business is a race to the bottom and single stores are going to continue to fail around the state or get gobbled up by companies with 100,000 sq ft grow facilities.

 

The days of $30-40 per 1/8 are LONG gone.  

 

If you cannot figure out how to turn a profit when the cost to grow is about $500 per pound and retail is currently $3200 per pound then you are doomed to close.  If you do not have at least 100 patients and if you are not growing at least 500 plants you are doomed to close because you will never be able to compete.

Bigchill
Bigchill

@coaltmed Instead of responding to your trolls I'll just respond to u... Did u know that Monsanto has a facility here (multiple now) along with some other big pharma... Do u know who they are asking to run their grows??? Look I like u. I used to shop at ur place and have spoken with u many times. However, my friends and I have been noticing u guys are changing... I was told the other month after directly speaking with ur growers and ur manager that u guys are all advanced... No reall big deal just a question. Asked last year what u think about all the documentaries and Nat geo comming in asking the growers and the dispensaries to let them video them... Ur manger said they came in and asked u and u said no way that's not what ur about... Months later sadly ur loss is broadcasted world wide.... Peoples true colors show... I hope the best for u and ur botique recreational dispensary. I hope it lasts a few more years for ya.... Seriously

IcePick
IcePick

 @Bigchill Dispensary "band wagon" over?  You need to do some research yourself, chum.  Did you not see the new numbers which clearly show that most red card holders shop at dispensaries?  Oh, I get it, you are ANOTHER out of work grower who thinks his magic dope is something special.

IcePick
IcePick

 @JohnCSmith Donkey gut run over by the Amendment 64 supporters and left the site in tears.  I heard he ran to his car and had a breakdown muttering something about purile pot clowns.

Bigchill
Bigchill

@IcePick Monsanto. Big pharma. GMOs.... Look it up. Hahahahahaga hope u wake up and start playing with the big boys. instead of assuming...

leon
leon

 @timothy_carrier  i could get $200 top quality ounces when it was illegal!  keep making excuses for the drug dealers exploiting medical marijuana patients.  $300 a month would be better spent on a car payment instead of an ounce of over priced flowers.

actualpatient
actualpatient

 @leon  @timothy_carrier still can get 200 illegal top quality oz's. The problem is paying the little extra for legitimacy and greed! I'm not too sure anymore which one is better

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