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


Buds included a killer 707 Headband/Maui cross just pulled out of the locker the day I stopped by. The fluffy, round nuggets had a fruity, buttery smell, with hints of the Headband rubberiness broken up. Though the buds looked somewhat dull, they were anything but. Smoking and vaping out of clean pieces brought up some amazing earthy sweetness and a powerful Headband aftertaste. The flavor lasted most all of the bowl, then tapered off into a pleasant and almost sweet aftertaste before burning off as a fine, white ash. The buzz was outstanding and really helped lift not only my appetite but also my mood this week after an unfortunate hospitalization last weekend.

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Vortex.
The thing that fascinates me with outdoor herb is how it loses the artificial sheen of cannabis grown indoors under perfect conditions. The sun is much more powerful than those HPS lights ever could be and the plants react accordingly. Buds like the Blue Dream looked a bit darker in color, and the usual lavender smells mixed in with a natural, clay-like hash scent. I also dug the stinky Skywalker OG and a sweet Juliet.

Like any harvest, some buds were better than others, and things like a generally dull Pre-98 Bubba just didn't do it for me. The center also had a few seeded strains selling at a discount for $20 an eighth and $140 an ounce. If you're not opposed to the old-school requirement of breaking up your herb in a box top and picking out beans, strains like the seedy Sour Tsunami actually weren't half-bad.

The Vortex was the Belle of the Ball (jars) as far as looks, with a wild, stacked sativa spear shape and a dark, suntanned glow to the fat calyxes and brick-red pistil hairs. It reminded me of well-kept outdoor herb I've had from Jamaica, even to the point of being a little bit moist -- which gave it even more of a farm-fresh appeal rather than being a deterrent. The strain brought back fond memories of outdoor "high grade" in Jamaica in a lot of ways. The Vortex had a waxy, dark lemon scent, like someone put Country Time into an old tin of Turtle Wax, although the flavor wasn't as strong when burned. I'm a big fan of racy sativas like this for getting an appetite and then having my puff double for a cup of coffee at the same time.

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Lemon Dream from Essential Extracts.
The shop also had a few different varieties of Essential Extracts hash, including a cool whole-plant extraction for $30 a gram that was so waxy it might have melted if I looked at it hard enough. I opted for the $14/gram middle-of-the-road Lemon Dream hash mostly for the Lemon dryer-sheet freshness of the smell. It had a sugary, refreshing lemonade flavor by itself and burned extremely clean and quick, leaving little pellets of white ash on top of a half-cooked bowl.

Pricing is great at Grassroots: Discount sells for $20 an eighth and everything else is $25 an eighth. Ounces are capped at $180. The budtenders told me they have been welcomed by the neighborhood and world-of-mouth on their herb has kept a steady flow of customers coming in for Colorado sun-grown cannabis.

Read more reviews from Westword's medical marijuana dispensary critic, William Breathes, in our Mile Highs and Lows blog, and keep up with all your Colorado marijuana news over at The Latest Word.


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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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