Medical marijuana dispensary review: Medicinal Oasis in Denver
So needless to say, the tropical-themed Medicinal Oasis, with its Jimmy Buffet/yacht club decor, was not winning style points with me from the get-go.
But as much as I hate to admit it, I'd probably sail those green seas again.
6359 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80222
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $20-45/eighth-ounce, $200/ounce.
Other types of medicine: Hash, infused candies.
Online menu? Yes.
This branch of the shop has only been open since February. The original location was down Evans, just east of Colorado, and that's the one that sticks out in my memory. Namely, the display-window setup with fake palm trees, beach balls and sun chairs. The new location isn't as bad, though it hasn't totally done away with the nautical flair.
Medicinal Oasis has a tiny blue lobby with a long couch taking up half the room. It felt like the cramped interior of a sailboat -- though I'm not sure if that was intentional or just a by-product of a stoned contractor misjudging waiting-room space during the build-out. In the corners of the room were tiny ship models, in case you didn't get that you're leaving Denver for a tropical oasis by the sign out front along strip-centric East Evans Avenue. Appropriately, the guy behind the glass window taking the usual info was a tall, blond twenty-something surfer-looking dude. I remember thinking, "I know the business is full of Californians, but this is pushing it too far."
Fish-eye view of the bud bar at Medicinal Oasis.
And then I got to the back and discovered that the shop features about as normal and bland a bud room as you can imagine. Well, okay, not every bud bar is nearly twenty feet long and loaded with more than sixty sample jars filled with about a quarter-ounce each for you to peruse at your leisure. But thankfully, the nautical theme has shipped out.
Still, I admit I wouldn't have noticed much less than a boat hull jetting into the room after sniffing at the first jar of ripe Sour Diesel.It was a good way to start my
three-hour ten-minute tour of what the shop had on deck.
There are two different tiers of herb: regular and connoisseur-grade. But within those tiers, the shop also divides up the harvest of each strain into higher-quality top buds ("only taken from the top six inches of the plant," according to my budtender) and lower-quality bottom buds. For the regular shelf, that means top-quality will run you about $35 an eighth for members, with bottom-shelf at $20 to $25 an eighth. Non-members pay about $3 more for an eighth of each.
Joint jars at Medicinal Oasis.
I went through most of the strains, but the ones that really stood out were a truly ripe and funky Durban Poison, banana-peel Banana Kush coated in amber trichomes, golfball-sized nuggets of Deadhead OG, and an exemplary Mendo Purps that looked like tiny sand-covered spruce trees.
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