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Medical marijuana dispensary review: Artisanal Medicinals in Denver

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It's not so much that Artisanal Medicinals looks sketchy from the outside. It's...ummm...okay, the place looks sketchy from the outside. It's in a forgotten corner of Denver that you probably only visited back in the day if you were buying paint, having a car repaired or spray painting murals at the communal permission walls. That's not to say it's a bad part of town; it's not. It's just commercial -- meaning there's a lot of commercial weed growing in nearby warehouses, including the one keeping Artisanal Medicinals stocked with hearty, stinky medical cannabis.

Artisanal Medicinals

2042 S. Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80223
303-583-1358
Artisanal Medicinals Facebook.

Hours: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Raw marijuana price range: $10/gram $35/eighth-ounce, $220/ounce. Members and first time patients receive discounted pricing.
Other types of medicine: A few edibles, hash, BHO.
Online menu? Yes.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

Artisanal Medicinals' building is a squatty, tan brick building that, aside from the black "AM" logo over one of the windows, doesn't look any different than the other dreary, nondescript buildings around it. With the recent weather, the parking spots out front were muddy -- which matched the adjacent fenced-in lot, with its battered plastic greenhouse in one corner and large stalks and root balls of plants tossed out into the muddy middle of the property. All it was missing was a pissed-off, mean Doberman gnashing at the fence and a few shuffling homeless people to complete the stereotypical bad-part-of-town imagery.

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Then you get inside, and it's nowhere near what you'd expect -- more like walking into a moody, dark art exhibit that showcases weed. Or a shoebox disguised as a clean, stylish dispensary. You walk in -- or rather are let in by whoever is taking red cards and IDs at the door -- and are basically sitting in the lap of the person ahead of you in line. And surprisingly, there were people in line, despite how difficult it was to actually find the shop, which opened less than three months ago.

There are no obnoxiously green color scheme or other obvious dispensary trappings, just a steel-gray paint on the walls and black-and-white chairs along one wall, with an end table stacked with pot mags in the corner. A large desk and filing cabinets take up the rest of the lobby/waiting room; a curtain separates it from the bud bar, which is less than ten feet away.

There's not much to the bud bar; you don't even need to turn your head to see the whole thing. It's three shelves stocked with square glass jars, each labeled with the strain name.

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Edibles from EdiPure and CheebaChews are on the top shelf, and herb is kept on the two below. The hash selection isn't huge or diverse; the shop simply runs all of its trim together. EdiPure processes its $25/gram BHO, which looked clean and smelled like a chunk of mixed hash should, without any lingering chemical solvent odors.

I was more interested in the $12.50/gram icewater hash, which I was told was "dab-able" on a skillet or nail. It looked the part and was broken down into shiny, waxy pellets that melted and bubbled on top of a bowl or screen but didn't really hit the dab-able mark. Nevertheless, it's some of the best-produced icewater hash I've seen since I was up in Boulder a few months ago.

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Mixed hash from Artisanal Medicinals.
Considering there are two windows at the front of the west-facing building, both rooms were really, really dark. Spotlights hung in track lighting only lit half the space. That's not a huge issue when you're waiting around, but when you're trying to look at buds, it becomes a problem. So much so that the budtender handed me a flashlight with the first jar of some impressive Ogre 99. The buds smelled like vanilla frosting on a cupcake and were caked in trichomes.

My budtender was also the head grower, which was nice, because he was able to answer all of my questions about the buds and explain the center's grow. According to him, everything at Artisanal Medicinals is grown with natural and organic additives in either soil pots or an ebb-and-drain hydro system. He also noted that buds are hand-trimmed and cured for about three weeks before hitting the shelf.

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Artisanal Medicinals

2042 S. Bannock St., Denver, CO

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BuddJones
BuddJones

Grow Marijuana in Colorado today thinking that you'll get rich quick and that bubble will burst quicker than you can say bamboo. Any native Coloradoan will likely have many cannabis stories to tell regardless is they consumed or not. The newspapers have always been full of 420 protests or major Marijuana busts. Years ago the DEA raids were focused on Mexican Cartel dealers but lately it seems to be quite a few local medical marijuana quality grow houses in the city that are being hit hard.

Now we have the Feds and the Obama administration playing hide and seek with Cannabis lovers here. 2012 may just be the year that the legalization of marijuana or the effects of marijuana become crystal clear. Too many people all across America are standing up and lighting up in protest of the denial of their rights to medicate. Denver dispensary owners would be wise to unite and speak up collectively since as of lately there seems to be a stone cold silence that begs for a voice. 420 Friendly Colorado still leads the nation in the push for legalization even in the midst of the Denver Dispensary Price Wars.

jumboj
jumboj

Did you see that ice water bubble hash? Looks dank


jumboj
jumboj

I want to try that Bubble

Faycless
Faycless

"But the buds I brought home also burned very harshly, ripping up my throat every time I packed a bowl"...

No thanks!!!

stuka1
stuka1

Is there someone else out there who writes about dispensaries and medical cannabis in a way that would be useful or interesting to anyone else besides a stoner?

I mean really. "Stanky-stinky"....?  For REAL?????

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What? ... still no OBJECTIVE LAB TESTS of the actual THC / CBD content of the "medicine" ?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Faycless ... only morons and idiots SMOKE their "medicine".

hth.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay

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BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay 

The claim has always been that marijuana is not only a gateway drug but that it is also addictive as well. Many Medical Marijuana patients in Denver have become former Medical Marijuana Red Card Holders because of misbehavior by a Medical Marijuana Evaluation company. These folks were denied their permits and told just go cold turkey for six months. That has to be tough to be in a state where cannabis is legal yet be forced to buy it underground after doing everything that you were required to do.

Like the cannabis seed that sprouted from the soil Denver dispensaries will have to forge through some dirt before seeing any Sunlight. 420 day is approaching for 2014 and the cities of Boulder and Denver are expecting massive crowds in support. With the influx of dispensaries over the past two years there should be no shortage of cannabis, hash, glass pipes, bongs, and tinctures too. Do not be surprise to see a couple vaporizers plugged up either! .

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