Medical marijuana dispensary review: Preferred Organic Therapy in Denver
If there is a hell, its soundtrack would undoubtedly include hours of recordings from a busy corporate guitar store. On a Saturday, the places are awash with a horrid mix of out-of-tune "Smoke on the Water"/"Stairway to Heaven"/Metallica medleys -- someone thumping with no rhythm on a cranked-up bass and kids crashing around on the cymbals in the drum room....
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Preferred Organic Therapy and WellnessThe headache that comes from just five minutes buying strings in one of these places can be unbearable. Which is why I think Preferred Organic Therapy and Wellness chose its location kitty-corner to Guitar Center on Colorado Boulevard near I-25.
1569 South Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO 80222
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range (non-members): $30-$45/eighth, $200-$325/ounce, tax included.
Raw marijuana price range (members): $25-$40/eighth, $175-$275/ounce, tax included.
Other types of medicine: Hash, BHO, edibles.
Online menu: Yes.
Ears still ringing, I dodged a few blue-hairs in Buicks on their way to IHOP and made my way across the parking lot to the lower level of Preferred Organic's building for something to help drown out the din still in my head. The southern sun was blazing through the windows into the shop's wide but shallow front room, turning the place into a large, IKEA-furnished sauna. Thankfully, my budtender, a blond woman in her mid-to-late twenties, didn't take long to process my red card and ID and buzz me back into the cooler confines of the dispensary itself.
The first to greet me as I stepped through the door was the shop mascot, a friendly border collie puppy named Lucy, who came strolling up for some attention. After fulfilling her wish for a belly rub, she ran off and jumped on one of the four brown ottomans in the middle of the much larger lounge.
In part thanks to the laid-back touch a dog can bring to an office, the place feels comfortable, fresh and airy, like a stylish Boulder acupuncture studio, or maybe the set of a WB Network comedy about a quirky psychologist into new-age healing, hydroponic herb and animal prints. Stenciled bamboo shoots line the pastel-green walls of one side of the room, and a little lounge area is set up in the back, with a few zebra chairs and a couch around a low coffee table.
The bud bar is separated from the waiting room by a set of double doors, and the shop makes a point of advertising its privacy, as well as private consultations, if needed. My budtender (who later mentioned she is also an owner, along with her husband) copied my stuff quickly, and before long, we were headed back past a tail-wagging Lucy to check out the meds. The dispensary is as clean and cool as the rest of the space, with two birch-and-glass cabinets put together to form the bar. Ganja is kept on a few shelves on the wall behind the counter next to a mural of a giant, joint-smoking (and therefore borderline cannibalistic) bud of marijuana wearing a stethoscope.
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