Medical marijuana dispensary re-review: Fall harvest at Grassroots Grown in Sunnyside

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Grassroots Grown has been on my radar for a fall visit since an ill-timed drop-in this past spring to the greenhouse-only dispensary.

And it was well worth making a return trip.

Grassroots Grown

4379 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
303-420-6279
www.grassrootsgrown.com

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range (members and non-members): $20-$25/eighth, tax included. Ounces, $140-$180.
Other types of medicine: Hash, BHO, edibles.

Online menu: Yes.

Handicap-accessible?: Yes.

I didn't originally stop by for a review, I just happened to be in the area and remembered someone telling me that the shop's fall harvest was finally starting to come in. And for Grassroots, that's kind of a big deal. Colorado may be known for herb (especially now), but we aren't necessarily known for our outdoor herb.

Most places here grow their cannabis indoors using thousands of watts of lights (and energy, and natural resources, and... well, you get the point). But everything at Grassroots is grown on a 70-acre plot outside of Boulder. The word "outdoor" isn't exactly accurate, though. Grassroots grows its crops in massive greenhouses that allow the farmers to control variables such as temperature, water and even light.

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Grassroots Grown's controlled greenhouse.
A quick junior-high-level science refresher: Most marijuana varieties in the world go from their growing, vegetative state to a flowering state based on light changes from season to season. Generally, that's why herb planted outdoors in the spring starts to change after the summer solstice, when the days begin to get shorter and shorter. In more equatorial climates, that doesn't change as much. But as you move north, our sunlight time dwindles to about nine hours and twenty minutes in the middle of winter (compared to eleven hours in places like, say, Jamaica).

Last winter, the owners of Grassroots used light deprivation on the greenhouses -- which is a fancy way of saying they pulled dark tarps over the top of the clear buildings to trick the plants into flowering. But that produced the meager and at times unimpressive harvest I saw back in April. The owners recognized that, too -- and since then, they have focused on cranking out two harvests of organic, solar-powered herb worth smoking to maximize the shorter grow times we have in Colorado.

Grassroots has also solved its other little problem since our last visit: a letter from U.S. Attorney John Walsh claiming that its old Tennyson location was a criminal enterprise because it operated within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare center. Another, even more intensive change: The center has essentially moved into a fully functional dispensary previously occupied by Cannabis and Company, a shop police say was actually just a front for lots of marijuana moving out of state.

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Grassroots Grown 707 Headband x Maui
Hopefully, Grassroots brings some needed good mojo to the space. But for now, the staff has not done too much to alter the former storefront, even keeping the massive lime green wall outside. The new Grassroots doesn't have the knick-knack charm its old two-story house did. No more bright wood floors, quirky paint job on the inside and huge coffee-shop style lounge set-up for patients. But function wins out over décor, and the space clearly works for what Grassroots is doing now.

Staff was still just as great as before, and the manager on duty was pumped to be showing off the fall harvest; he let me take my time with everything. The bud bar is a few glass cabinets, with buds on the right side and edibles and concentrates on the other. Buds were on the counter when I stopped by, each labeled with the strain name. Simple. Easy.

Continue for the rest of the review plus photos.

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Grassroots Grown - CLOSED

4379 Tejon St., Denver, CO

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BlancoNino
BlancoNino

I live in Maine and guerilla farmed for years. I'm amazed how nobody thinks I have any pertinent knowledge concerning marijauna as a grower OR consumer merely because I'm not actively participating in the nations medical marijuana movement. I'M NOT EVEN AGAINST IT!!! I have a friend in Colorado who treats me like I know nothing of beer because I don't drink Coors. You think I don't know pot because of my lack of political acvivism? GIVE ME A F#@%ING BREAK!!!

pulsingboner
pulsingboner

Some good greenhouse herb can be as good and tasty as some well grown indoor. You can smoke a ton of it too as it lacks potency that indoor herb has.

 

I checked their website and it looks like they only have 5 strains... not enough for me to make the drive.

electedface
electedface

Estimates show that marijuana is America’s number one cash crop. However, marijuana remains untaxed. This is a new source of income for our nation, an income we desperately need. 

 

Over 500 of the nation’s top economic professors have shared their opinion in supporting the removing the prohibition and imposing the taxation and regulation of marijuana as a way to slow the federal deficit. 

 

Ending marijuana prohibition would save the US $7.7 BILLION annually. That is nearly as much as Congress’ proposed Budget Control Act. Think of the jobs it would create, the court time I would save and the jail space it would free up for actual criminals.  

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tUy6fylQs

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"a letter from U.S. Attorney John Walsh claiming that its old Tennyson location was a criminal enterprise because it operated within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare center."

 

Nonsense!

 

The letter -- WW even posted pdf copies of it online -- clearly stated that *ALL* Marijuana Dispensaries were Criminal Enterprises -- noting that those located within 1000 ft of a school were subject to ADDITIONAL penalties upon conviction.

 

 

GrassrootsGrown
GrassrootsGrown

Will,

 

Our prices are actually capped at $25 an 1/8th for non-members and $22.50 for members, tax included, out the door! Our ounce prices are $180 an ounce, members tax included and non-members plus tax. Grassroots Grown offers premium organic cannabis at affordable prices for everyone!

garcia.jerome
garcia.jerome

"A quick junior-high-level science refresher: Most marijuana varieties in the world go from their growing, vegetative state to a flowering state based on light changes from season to season."

you learned that in junior high? I'm sure your parent's are proud. 

Pete
Pete

 @pulsingboner Potency is determined by the genetics of the strain, optimization of the growing environment, and duration of vegetative period.  Indoor clones taken from old mothers can therefore produce potency in a 3 month grow similar to seeded plants on a 7 month greenhouse grow.  So you can get to the same potency via different grow techniques.  But if you aren't cloning from old mothers, the greenhouse potency will generally be higher.

 

That being said, i am a pot snob that absolutely prefers organically grown in the dirt greenhouse weed to all else.  In general, the indoor hydro bud generally looks better but smokes like shit due to too much nutrient not being burned off prior to harvest.  Even when hydro weed is flushed for two weeks it doesn't smoke as smoooth as organic greeenhouse weed.  A dull green color is what you want as it indicates nitrogen was allowed to burn off prior to harvest.  

 

Sounds like the bud reviewed here needs a little more curing time.  No big deal, just let it sit for a week or two with daily jar openings to exchange air.  

 

Gotta love living in Colorado and having all sorts of smoke options!

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @GrassrootsGrown 

 

At least you guys don't RAPE THE ENVIRONMENT like all the indoor growers who burn MEGA-watts of fossil fuel generated electricity in a feeble attempt to recreate what the SUN delivers for FREE!

 

The carbon footprint of INDOOR dope grown under HID Incandescent Lights is so obscene that it should be CRIMINAL !!

 

 

 

 

 

WillBreathes
WillBreathes

 @garcia.jerome What can I say, Jerry? Cannabis has been an interest of mine for a long time.

 

Thanks for the comment.

rockymtnhi
rockymtnhi

 @barbarian.bob1  And i suppose you expect gas to go back down to 0.29 cent a gallon, brand new homes to go for 25k, and the median income across the nation to go back down to +/- 8,000/yr. Bob you may can grow a weed (that could grow if you simply pissed on it 3 times through out its life cycle), but you're certainly no economist. Stay stupid stoner

GrassrootsGrown
GrassrootsGrown

 @WillBreathes  Glad you are enjoying it! 

 

Also, our new address is 4379 Tejon St. Denver, CO 80212! You have our old address listed in the review. 

WillBreathes
WillBreathes

 @curious  @GrassrootsGrown

 

It had appropriate amounts of moisture and I don't mind a bit of a loose trim on a bud as opposed to one that is chopped and hacked.

garcia.jerome
garcia.jerome

 @WillBreathes  @garcia.jerome Uh... You could say the truth. Something like: i smoked swag until I came out here for college where I learned about cannabis. Or you could just leave the whole stupid photo period paragraph. Wait.... you must get paid by the letter.

rockymissouri1
rockymissouri1

@WillBreathes @garcia.jerome it's a fascinating plant, I am quite envious...!! (As well as pleased for your great news!)

rhino
rhino

 @barbarian.bob1  @pulsingboner ... was reitterating your statement bob, and discrediting boner's, marijuana grown under the sun is definitely more potent than artificial light, and to boner, i've been growing outdoors since you were still pissin in your pants and sucking at your mothers teet, it'd be a cold day in hell before i sold out and affiliated myself with a blood sucking dispensary that pisses all over patients rights all in the name of big profits 

rhino
rhino

 @barbarian.bob1  @pulsingboner   pulsing boner obviously doesnt know much, it's common knowledge that proper grown marijuana in a greenhouse/outdoor is substantially more potent than indoor grown under artificial lights, moron, stay stupid boner

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

 @rockymtnhi you said that not me fukin goof.the price will drop to nothing  .can i hook u up with a slap moron

curious
curious

 @WillBreathes     

 

Loose trim???

 

That bud = Machine trimmed = "chopped and hacked"

 

You are discrediting yourself on a weekly basis. Someone has to start calling you out.

 

Trimming isn't fun. Paying trimmers isn't cheap. But that's what you do if you really care about the end product. That's the truth.

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