Medical marijuana dispensary review: People's Choice Wellness Center in Boulder
People's Choice Wellness Center has a small waiting room up front with an ATM, but I didn't get any time to check it out -- and it's not like it matters much anyway. According to my budtender, the shop isn't going to be sticking around this location much longer. So, really, there's not much of a reason to write about how the whole place felt like an old church compound, private school or possibly a onetime office for state troopers...because you probably won't have to drive down the country road that Baseline becomes just a few miles east of Highway 36 for much longer.
People's Choice Wellness.
People's Choice Wellness CenterWhich is a shame, kind of. It's not often you get a nice country drive in the middle of your day, and trekking up from the metro area through the quickly shrinking farmland of Superior reminds you why Denver is still thought of as a cowtown to people outside of Colorado. I also thought the open, bright dispensary space was well done. Solid dark-wood floors go well with the lime-green paint on the walls and custom, anodized-green metal and glass cabinets with steel pot leaves welded to the sides.
8401 Baseline Rd
Boulder, CO 80303
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Raw marijuana price range: 9/gram $31.50-$36.75/eighth-ounce, $150-$210/ounce. Members receive 10 percent off purchase.
Other types of medicine: BHO, full-melt hash, edibles, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
But there's a few things I would be glad to see go if this were my regular dispensary -- namely, the odd feeling of walking up to the complex. Like I said, it doesn't feel like a dispensary at all, and I actually drove past the place on my first pass because I thought Siri had taken me on yet another goose chase.
The complex is also home to Growing Kitchen edibles. In fact, most of the property is actually occupied by Growing Kitchen, my budtender told me, including the massive barbed-wire-fenced greenhouse on the other side of the dirt driveway from the compound. Because of that, the place smells like a pot factory, chemical fertilizers and all.
The aroma wasn't anywhere as offensively overwhelming as the smell during my visit to Karmaceuticals the other week. But it was enough to make me question just how clean the medicine that I was going to be smoking this week really was. Thankfully, my budtender said the cannabis for People's Choice is grown elsewhere, in a soil-only indoor garden. And in just a few weeks, the smell (let's hope) won't be a problem at all.
I was the only person in the shop aside from my late-twenties, slightly granola (in that quaintly Boulder way) budtender the day of my visit, leaving me free to browse through the dozen or so jars in stock at my leisure. I started with the Blue Dream at the budtender's suggestion and was sold on the quality lavender-smelling, crystal-slathered nuggets immediately. Most everything in the shop was equally enticing, including a batch of Country Time-smelling Lemonade and a jar of Willie Nelson that would have made the redheaded stranger smile.
The White from People's Choice Wellness Center.
A few samples didn't have the looks, including a scraggly Strawberry Cough and wispy White Fire OG. But regardless of their underdeveloped appearance, they both nailed the strain smells, and my budtender assured me they were potent. The shop also sold shake at $6 a gram.
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