Medical marijuana dispensary review: Emerald City Organics in Denver

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As strip malls go, the one Emerald City calls home is about as run-down as it gets.

I'm sure that the surrounding small businesses -- at least four Hispanic-centric Westernwear and boot stores, two sports bars, a liquor store and some taco joints -- all have positives behind their doors.

But collectively they don't project the most upbeat and inviting of images.

Emerald City Organics

5115 N. Federal Ave.
Denver, CO 80221
303-458-1210

Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $20-$30/eighth-ounce, $130-200/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2 oil, edibles, drinks.
Online menu? No.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

These qualities are made even more evident by the grandeur and splendor of the Regis University campus, nearly glowing in the distance about 800 yards across the shitty, torn-up parking lot. I must not have ever been over to Regis before, because I think I would have remembered how much it stands out in the neighborhood. One of its soccer fields alone probably costs as much as the physical structures marking Emerald City's center.

Inside, the folks at Emerald City Organics are trying. But the rough neighborhood is echoed by the uniformed security guard taking cards behind the thick glass window while patients stand in a Barney-purple waiting area. It looks like quite a few blue-collar work boots have trampled through it on their way home.

After a quick look at my paperwork, I was buzzed back to the dispensary, and for the second week in a row, I encountered a wall-sized mural -- this one depicting something of a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Cheech and Chong via the Emerald City and some huge cannabis leaves. It's well-done but hokey, though no telling what happens if you put on some Pink Floyd.

Edibles are clearly a big deal at the shop, with a full cabinet and a display fridge devoted to cookies, candies, granola bars and (occasionally) medicated popcorn. A woman there told me the pot popcorn they usually stock is the most popular edible in the shop. That point was emphasized by the disappointment of the woman in line ahead of me when she was told the center was out of the microwaveable treat.

The bummed customer was standing at the glass cabinet on the left side of the room after I walked in, trying to decide what she should purchase -- which is pretty amusing considering the shop only had two jars of cannabis on hand. Add the jar of mixed shake and another jar of seeded Lemon Skunk, and that's it. The budtender said that Emerald City had been hit pretty hard by the 4/20 "holiday" and had yet to recover in the nearly three weeks later. That would suck if you are one of their regular patients needing your specific strains.

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Flo from Emerald City Organics.
I was pretty much done with my browsing before I had even stepped up to the counter. Most patients would (and should) just walk out if the selection isn't up to their needs, but I had made the drive and wasn't leaving empty-handed.

Up first was the jar of Flo, and it was honestly a lot more appealing than I thought any of the shop's bud would be. There were some pretty purple buds floating around in the gallon-sized glass stock jar, with the distinctly mentholated Juicy Fruit/fresh-cut-cedar smell permeating it. Cured and dried well, the bud was spongy but still crumbled up between my thumb and index finger before being packed into a bubbler and vape. It burned mostly clean, with a few buds charring up to a black mass, while others burned down to a white powder. A great strain for relaxation, stress relief and (for me) settling an upset and cramping lower intestine. At $20 an eighth for members ($30 for non-members) and around $150-$180 an ounce, it wasn't a bad purchase.

Continue for the rest of the review.

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Emerald City Organics North Federal - CLOSED

5115 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

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coolhydroponics
coolhydroponics

Marijuana supporters are also planning a initiative to legalize this drug.Please support the legalization of medical marijuana.

BuddJones
BuddJones

Steamboat Springs Sirens & MMJ

Growing cannabis in the mountains of Colorado attracts Babes more than a Black American Express credit card on a silver platter at the Park Meadows Mall. After a full day on the slopes and a few drinks at the lodge there's nothing better than a canna butter rub down with a pipe loaded with OG Master Kush. The chill of the mountain air and the rush of the first hit gives new meaning to the phrase Rocky Mountain High.

The 420 Life on Colorado college campuses has a distinctively different meaning to the teachers as opposed to the students. Obama and the teachers all have their marijuana stories they want to tell but there is no way that Weed can compare to our Colorado Cannabis better known as Medical Marijuana. I know they were Hippies and didn't eat meat but we get toasted and roasted all the time! Still, if not for the Seniors there would be no Juniors so its all good in the hood.

Monkey
Monkey

@BuddJones I never understand what you try to say. Or why you try to say it.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@Monkey@BuddJones 

OK...Since you approached this situation that has confused you with some civility and humbleness I will give you the same RESPECT. 

It is all about RESPECT. Respecting the right of every person that chooses to express their opinion on this forum without the fear of being viciously attacked with foul language endlessly and needlessly.

Anyone can act badly...anyone can lose their temper...however to intentionally intimidate and bully people because they differ in opinion is scary. Beyond borderline psychotic especially if one has does so hour after hour, day after day, week after week..etc, etc..

Its about DonkeyHotay

What is possibly the source of such anger and rage. Why attack every person that comes to this site with such bitterness and hate. Scary, really scary.

Everyone has need to feel smart and wants recognition at some time but never should it be taken at the expense of another person's joy. I, like many, many others over the years, just happened to make (1) comment...not to anyone personally and certainly not a response or question to DonkeyHotay

And here comes "the attack". Most give up or simply go away rather than lower themselves to the level  DonkeyHotay lives at every moment online.  So I ask myself...what can I do to help this poor, hurting, bitter, angry, confused, hateful, child of God.. What would it take to help this dejected soul look inward for possibly just a moment and wonder what it would be like to be civil if nothing else.

Well, all I could think of was to put the mirror in the face so this person could see how sad they look..trolling every person that makes a comment every day.  What better way than to start with The Avatar. Damn...I know that hurt.

Then to dominate every article so much that it did not matter what was said as long as all the attention with to..... DonkeyHotay

So to make along story short...because now I wish I had not even made that one comment...and thanks to your question Monkey..maybe ..just maybe our friend will so a little kindness to his fellow forum members. Wash out that potty mouth....get some counseling for the serious anger....and in a day or two I'll drop your Avatar...you can have back your reign...and everybody will have a nice day and a wonderful life.


Peace be with you DonkeyHotay

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BuddJones ... keep reading each and every one of my posts with glorious enjoyment ... in spite of your protestations to the contrary.

Remember: it's only a sin if you get caught.


BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay @BuddJones 

Thanks for cleaning up your act. If you live amongst people they too will see the improvement in your life and attitude. You will begin to like yourself too.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BuddJones = another one bites the dust.

HipTip: if what you post isn't completely stupid, it won't get the public ridicule it so righteously deserves.

Hope that helps.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BuddJones = Epic FAIL!

Even the Donkey Haters don't appreciate your Puerile Punkery.

Ouch! ... that's gonna leave a mark.

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