Medical marijuana dispensary review: Urban Dispensary in Denver

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The first time I stopped by Urban Dispensary was a few months ago, when, despite a sign out front showing that the center should have been open, it wasn't. That was slightly frustrating, but I figured it was a one-time thing. So I stopped by the cut-rate, low-grade dispensary next door instead and made it a point to come back. Then the same thing happened a second time. And a third.

Urban Dispensary

2675 West 38th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
720-389-9179
www.urbandispensary.com

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (despite what the website says).
Raw marijuana price range: $30 to $40 per eighth for members; $35 to $45/eighth for members.
Other types of medicine: Edibles, BHO, "ambrosia" caviar
Handicap-accessible? No.

This time, though, the sign said the dispensary had shut down for harvesting and trimming, and the staff would be back with fresh meds the following day. That was even more frustrating -- but I had been hearing about the shop's in-house herbs from friends, so I decided to keep trying. Then, just last week I stopped by on a Sunday -- the hours on the MMC's website say it's open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day -- and lo and behold, the shop was closed again.

I get that it might have just been my bad luck, but it was starting to seem like this shop was never open. But people kept telling me they had been impressed by clean, well-developed strains such as a soil-grown Banana Kush, and I really wanted to find some good meds to help with a stomach flare-up I've been battling for the past two weeks. It reminded me of back in the day, when you had that really, really good hookup who met up with you on his own time -- which was usually never anywhere near when you needed it. But still, you held out because Jonathan always had the best herb, even if he was a pain in the ass to deal with.

So I headed back over to Urban Dispensary for a fourth and potentially final time, now fully prepared for the steel door to the small space on 38th to be locked again. But it wasn't. I was caught completely off guard when I was actually able to walk up the steps and not immediately turn back around.

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This is not a handicap-accessible space, really, as I don't see how a wheelchair could fit in the teeny secured area between the front door and the door to the dispensary. A doorbell lets the staff know you're there, though a short redheaded girl greeted me at the door and let me in before I had a chance to buzz it. I didn't linger in the small tan-and-green waiting room very long, other than to notice the orange-and-black Halloween stuff on display and snag some candy. But the space is tiny, and any more than three average-sized guys would be touching knees in line if the shop got packed with patients. Even the one guy who came in behind me looked giant in the tiny room.

The bud bar isn't much larger. But somehow it felt more open, despite a sizable oak-and-glass counter setup between me and the budtenders and sixteen framed pictures of cannabis flowers hanging on the wall. But flowers on the wall do me no good. I came for what was in the counter. On the positive: Urban Dispensary really did have some quality cannabis in the shop. The downside? There wasn't much of it.

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Super Sour Fire OG.
Top shelf was strictly the shop's in-house, which was down to a squatty Mason jar full of the Super Sour Fire OG and a second jar that held just one bud, some dust and a few sticks. I think it was Sour Cream, though my notes say something different. Either way, the sugary-sour smell made me wish I had stopped by a few hours earlier.

The greens, ambers and oranges of the Super Sour Fire OG had a dark, rich hue to them, like someone had turned up the color contrast somehow. In the smell department, the strain had a nice blend of airy, lightly turned organic soil and lemon dish soap. The smell came through well in the flavor, and the taste of one-hits out of a clean bubbler was almost as relaxing as the buzz it produced. The buds were up there in potency, as the slathering of crystals in the picture would indicate. Prices are on the high end, but still reasonable. Non-members are capped at $45 an eighth, tax included. Members are capped at $40 an eighth.

Page down for more photos and the rest of Breathes's review.


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Urban Dispensary

2675 W. 38th Ave., Denver, CO

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jennikoa
jennikoa

Ever thought of calling ahead to ensure a business is open before you drive over? Yes, it's partly the business's issue if they are repeatedly closed during posted business hours, but it takes 30 seconds to pick up the phone and check before hand, so part of the blame falls on you.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So where's the follow-up on the massive criminal indictments against Silver Lizard dispensary?

 

 

JohnWeiner
JohnWeiner

Come review my dispensary John's Peace Pipe, my meds blow, my grower quit, and my wife sells chitty beer!!!!

Dr.Kushroll
Dr.Kushroll

i travel from Colorado Springs specifically to purchase my medication from the fantastic people at Urban. i am sorry William Breathes had such a difficult time cathing them but the sign he mentions...if you look closely on the bottom right hand side there is a phone number (which you can find on Weedmaps and Google). we have the technology to call ahead and see if they are open. i call ahead and guess what, 100% of the time i call and someone answers....THEY ARE OPEN.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How can an honest patient tell the difference between a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and a Medical Marijuana Dispensary ?

Patient
Patient

Willy Breathes refuses to ask for a license, because he says that he ASSumes that they are compliant because they are open for business. He says WW doesn't ask for licenses for restaurants that are reviewed, so why should he ask for dispensaries? Still, with over 2.5 years of mmj in Colorado, NOT ONE of these dispensaries has posted their supposed "license" on the Internet. Don't you think that's weird? WW posted a list of supposed "licensed" dispensaries that they said they got from the DOR, but the spreadsheet had no identifying information on it, no license numbers, and could have been written by anyone for any purpose.

 

I think that they DOR has issued ZERO licenses and the dumb-ass dispensary owners think that the "Certificate of Application on File" is their license. Even 60 Minutes got duped when they showed the "Certificate of Application on File" for the Denver Relief center and acted as if it meant something.

 

WW sucks for refusing to investigate who actually has an actual license. I just want to see ONE actual dispensary license from the state of Colorado, and then I will shut up. Until I see that ONE, I think WW is colluding with the DOR to make us think these dispensaries are "licensed", when they really aren't.

Monkey
Monkey

Super Sour Fire OG is delicious. Breeders are in prison so it's kind of an elite cut. Splotchy leaves but the buds come out great if you give her 10 weeks and a nice cure. I think I'll smoke some right now, good idea Will.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

You know the drill by now, Billy ...

 

State and City License #s ?

 

MMIG members ?

 

 

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay If you think they are doing something wrong you should contact the DA or the MMED or the DEA.  Or perhaps you could listen when the state tells you that all the pending applications which are in good standing with the local government are perfectly within their rights to operate while they await final approval. 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @IcePick So where's the proof they even have a Pending Application?

 

Given the wanton CRIMINALITY of some Dispensaries lately in the News, the Patients deserve to know the facts to protect themselves from being in the wrong place at the wrong time ... or having their personal medical records seized as part of a criminal investigation.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @JohnWeiner  

 

As if the dispensary doesn't have copies of your Drivers License, Medical ID Card and records of exactly how much dope a dope like you purchased.

JohnWeiner
JohnWeiner

As if the dispensary has your medical records, faqin dolt@DonkeyHotay @IcePick

licensedguy
licensedguy

 @Patient you should really read and educate yourself before speaking about licensing.  Call the MMED, or perhaps you should become a reporter and look into this issue?  Sounds like you have a real lock on this industry. 

 

Patient
Patient

Ice Pick has no idea what she's talking about. He says "listen when the state tells you that all the pending applications which are in good standing". Where is the proof of this statement? The state no where ever said anything like that. Ice Pick can stick it up his ass.

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