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Medical marijuana dispensary review: Good Meds in Lakewood

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Bud jars at GoodMeds.
There's an unwritten rule with restaurant critiquing that you don't visit a place in the first month or so after it opens, since the chef needs a few weeks to break in the staff and grow accustomed to the flow of the operation. The same could apply to medical marijuana dispensaries -- except that if you wait until the shop has been open a few weeks, you'll miss all the herb from the initial harvest. Weighing the two arguments, I delayed (until recently) my visit to Good Meds in Lakewood, which opened in February in the spot formerly occupied by Rocky Mountain Ways.

Good Meds Lakewood

8420 West Colfax Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80214
303-238-1253
Goodmedsnetwork.com

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $30-$40/eighth ounce, $170-$210/ounce.
Other types of medicine: Hash oil, shatter oil, edibles, infused drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

The storefront is small, simple and much nicer than the outside of the dated strip center would lead you to believe. Inside, it has that new dispensary smell of dried marijuana and dried paint. There's nothing fancy about Good Meds Lakewood, but the light gray wall with framed and matted pictures of cannabis buds, spaced perfectly, and clean, yellow birch cabinets keep it slick and professional without feeling stuffy.

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I handed over my card to the skater-looking dude behind the security window and he buzzed back to the main bud room, where a single bar stool was set up in front of an L-shaped set of glass cabinets.

To your left: a few shelves of hash, concentrates and glass pipes. In the other cabinet: dozens and dozens of glass jars, all filled to the brim with huge, chunky buds.

Good Meds has an edibles license and kitchen in Georgetown. In addition to stuff from Dixie, Dabba and other ubiquitous edibles brands, the shop had its own in-house foods, candies and sweets. The hash selection was all in-house, with strain-specific shatter and BHO selling for $30-$40 a gram.

There aren't any wispy, leafy jars on display at Good Meds. Everything was plump and ripe-looking. I didn't know where to start, so my budtender went through and picked out some of his favorites, including a turpentine-tart Boston OG, Banana OG that smelled like a melted banana daiquiri and a glow-in-the-dark, neon green Sensi Star.

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Eli Manning from Good Meds.
A few of the jars seemed a little moist, and I got hit with a wave of hot, wet air from things like the Flo and Northern Lights. Overall, though, the Good Meds selection seemed impressively produced. Among the most intriguing things on the shelf were two San Fernando Valley OG Kush and Chemdawg crosses dubbed Eli and Peyton Manning.

Eli comes from a Chemdawg 4 cross and Peyton from a Chem '91 cross, and while they share similar genetics, the two were night-and-day different. Whereas the Peyton took on a lot of the dense, pinecone traits of the OG, the Eli was much more Chemdawg in structure, with pod-like bud structure and a light, faded green-and-orange appearance. It smoked much like a buzzy, uplifting and happy Chemdawg, too, but with a richer, earthier back to the flavor. The buds didn't burn down to a clean white ash, though, and after a few hits, the bowl got charcoaled and flavorless -- which might be due to the extra moisture in the flowers.

Continue for the rest of the review.

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Whiskey Bill's

7290 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, CO

Category: Music

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7 comments
nativespirit101
nativespirit101

Hi I have a question I am about to be a first timer,with my referral an paperwork  how much will I be able  to buy until I get my card?

BuddJones
BuddJones

Do you offer Edibles or Tinctures? What percentage of your sales are Buds and Shake versus Infused Drinks and Vaporizers? Do you have a strategic alliance or partnership with a Medical Marijuana Doctor that offers MMJ Exams?. What are your profit centers and most valuable revenue streams?

Faycless
Faycless

Sounds like your typical dispensary...selling wet and expensive weed.

Hatty Marris
Hatty Marris

good meds is legit. ive never experienced the magnesium burn or the chlorophyll taste that he speaks of in the review... but then again, ive only tested every strain on good meds shelf in the last 6 months... what do I know lol?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip: Pot Shops =/= Restaurants

That's the inherent fallacy of the entire premise of this column.

Does the decor, design or "light gray wall with framed and matted pictures" have anything to do with the QUALITY of the MEDICINE?

When are you going to include OBJECTIVE LAB TESTS for the "medicine" you review?


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