Medical marijuana dispensary review: Urban Dispensary in Denver
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.
2675 West 38th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
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
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.
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.
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.
Super Sour Fire OG.
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.
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