Medical marijuana dispensary review: Denver Dispensary
Naming a Denver medical marijuana dispensary "Denver Dispensary" probably seemed like a good idea at the time: any random toker searching search for "Denver dispensary" will see their website first and likely click on it.
Google Maps. Denver Dispensary.
But the generic name has had the opposite effect for me.
I hadn't heard of the place until stumbling across it while avoiding traffic on I-25 north the other day.
Denver DispensaryDenver Dispensary is in a double-wide construction trailer set in the middle of a huge empty blacktop parking lot deep in the triangle warehouse district, wedged between Brighton Boulevard and interstates 70 and 270. There's enough parking for a fleet of cars in the space, but according to my budtenders, there will be greenhouses spread out across the property soon.
4975 Vasquez Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216
MedicalSmoke.Net (website was down as of 9/5/2013)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range (for everyone): $125/eighth-ounce, $135-$170/ounce. Members receive additional discounts.
Other types of medicine: Edibles, lotions, tinctures, vape pen refill cartridges, shatter oil, BHO.
Online menu? No.
The inside of the trailer was very, well, trailer-like. Walking in the door puts you in a small, secured reception area that looks into the cluttered, dirty staff office through a thick plate of security glass. I actually half-expected the room to be unused and was waiting for someone to open the security door and simply take my card, but sure enough, my budtender -- a short, smiling woman in jeans and a tank top -- scuttled around through the boxes of crap, took my card through the slot at the bottom of the window and buzzed me through to the dispensary itself.
facebook.com/DenverDispensaryMMC Plants at Denver Dispnesary.
Denver Dispensary has a more subtropical climate due to the rooms full of herb being grown, not to mention the massive grow tent setup in the hallway leading to the bud bar. There's also the constant hum of fans and the lingering smell of plant fertilizer, though nowhere near as bad as my visit to Karmaceuticals back in July.
The bud bar is in a long room at the front of the trailer. Windows look into an adjacent room full of lanky, flowering cannabis plants growing in coco fiber and all connected with snaking hoses to a massive vat of water and fertilizer tea. Another woman behind the counter -- a tattooed rock chick in a one-piece jumpsuit -- told me staffers try and keep things as organic as possible. She also pointed out that the shelves were low on product because the small grow rooms are stretched to the max by demand, which explains the plan to add a few greenhouses to supplement the stock.
The bud room was more of the same mess as the rest of the shop. Junk laying around everywhere on the counters behind the bud bar and random posters and pictures stuck to walls with push-pins and Scotch tape give it the feel of a teenage stoner guy's bedroom. At the least, the place could use a little cleanup: Throw out some of the trash, dust a few counters, vacuum the dingy carpets and sweep the off-white faux-marble floor tiles. I did like the use of industrial grow light vent hoods as lights for the shop, however, and can't believe I haven't seen other shops do the same thing.
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