Medical marijuana dispensary review: Jane Medical on East Colfax
Jane Medicals has been a dispensary fixture on East Colfax Avenue for the last three years. But I have no idea what it used to look like -- or what it soon will look like, for that matter. My first and, so far, only visit to this center coincided with a complete interior remodel of the place, and fresh green paint on the walls was about the only clue I could see to its future appearance.
7380 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range (non-members): $30/eighths, $50/quarter-ounce, $200 ounces for regular strains, $40/eighths, $70 quarters, $250 ounces for premium strains, tax included.
Raw marijuana price range (members): Members receive 10 percent off non-member pricing, tax included.
Other types of medicine: BHO shatter, limited edibles.
Online menu: No.
Instead of being greeted by herb perfuming the air, Jane Medical smelled more like a dusty Home Depot. When I walked in, my feet stuck to the floor, thanks to the sticky adhesive left behind after the old floor was ripped up. A receptionist behind a glass window in the entryway checked my red card and ID and buzzed me back through a series of sticky hallways to the equally unfinished bud-bar area. The noise from a flat-screen TV on the wall echoed through the cavernous space and made it feel emptier than it was. All in all, the place was about as welcoming as a construction site, but I understand not wanting to inconvenience customers (and sales) by shutting down for a few days while the renovation was completed.
My budtender, a tall skinny guy in his early twenties, waved me over and apologized for the paltry selection while motioning to the large screw-top jars in the black-and-glass cabinets in front of him. It was late in the day, and he explained that Jane had seen a rush of patients in the days following the passage of Amendment 64.
But it appears that Jane is often down to stems and shake. I've found several online reviews talking about its "frequent outages," and even my budtender said that while the center starts every day with about fifteen to twenty strains, most jars are down to the shakey bottoms by 5 p.m. or so -- which was pretty much the case during my visit.
Jane Medicals grow.
Of the eight or nine strains remaining, two -- Flo and Critical Mass - probably wouldn't have weighed out to more than three grams each; they should have been pulled from the display and turned into pre-rolled joint food. The few jars that were full weren't the most appealing strains; for example, the frosty but dense Grape God bud was three months in a vacuum bag away from becoming beasters (mid-'90s to mid-2000s imported, rock-hard buds from Canada, for you young'uns out there). The rest of the strains, including an aged-cheese-stinking but leafy UK Cheese and an orange-hued Island Sweet Skunk, fell somewhere in the middle of the quality scale.
At Jane, herb is divided into two price tiers, with most selling for about $26 an eighth at member prices; premium herb, like the Kandy Kush, sells for about $10 more. Jane does charge more for non-members, but it also offers "early-bird specials" and gives member pricing to anyone who comes in before noon. Keep that in mind if you're going to visit; there's absolutely no reason to pay the non-patient markup if you don't have to.
Kandy Kush from Jane Medicals.
While there were a few strains that interested me, the small bits and popcorn buds in those jars were far from photogenic. The Kandy Kush had an overwhelming rubbery funk to it out of the jar, and though tiny, the pebble-sized buds had a silver glow, thanks to the heaping helping of trichomes spread across the light-green and purple calyxes. The soil-grown buds smoked well, though, burning down to a fine white ash and leaving my mouth and office with a delicious, lingering kushy tartness. The potency level was what I expected, as well, with a bowl leaving me medicated for a good two hours, even after I ate a meal halfway through.
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