Medical marijuana dispensary review: Lakewood's Compassionate Pain Management

Categories: Marijuana

It used to be that buying a bag of herb (medicinal or otherwise) was a simple transaction. Dollars went from one person to another, while the cannabis went the opposite way. But these days there are customer appreciation programs, daily specials and buy-one-get-one-free offers that complicate the process of simply getting your pot, taking it home and smoking it. Take Compassionate Pain Management, which has so many special pricing offers and add-ons that I'm still not sure exactly where my money went.

Compassionate Pain Management

1585 Quail St., Unit 13B
Lakewood, CO 80215

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $10-12/gram $30-$35/eighth-ounce, $179-$200/ounce. Members receive 10 percent off purchase as well as other frequent discounts.
Other types of medicine: BHO, icewater hash, edibles.
Online menu? Yes.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

I stopped by a few week ago during the middle of the day, when it was quiet in the neighborhood. Parking isn't an issue: There are acres of spots in the dying shopping center. I walked in and was greeted by a guy working the receptionist desk, who took my card and handed over the usual paperwork for me to initial and sign. The little green waiting room is slick, clean and nondescript. Aside from the weed mags, it could be the front lobby of a timeshare business or the office of an aging hippie acupuncturist.

CPM's grow, from Facebook.
I was buzzed back by the receptionist, who handed me a stack of coupons, a welcome brochure and two 20-percent-off coupons to use. He then told me to head around the corner to the tiny bud bar, which was more like a pot consultation office. The room is small, with the budtender seated behind a desk surrounded by marijuana products. Edibles to his right, stock jars of cannabis strains behind him, a trash of hash and concentrates at his right hand and a stack of display nugs on a tiered rack just within arm's reach to his left. Patients come in one at a time, which is nice for privacy or if you simply can't stand having someone else reach for the nug jar you were about to grab yourself.

Pricing is written out on white cards above the hash tray, which my budtender pointed out before going over the pricing on his own. Basically, there's member and non-member pricing, with non-members capped at $40 an eighth and members capped at $35. There are also discount bags of herb selling for $25 an eighth, though I didn't check any of those out. But for the pricing, there are also all of the discounts that my budtender explained and I promptly forgot. Basically, if you're paying full price here, it's because you want to be doing so. Otherwise, you can bring the cost of everything down. A gram of herb, for example, is about $10 to $12. But add a gram of any strain on to your eighth and it's only $6.

Mixed 75 micron icewater hash from CPM.
I opted instead for the tried-and-true dispensary strain, Sour Diesel. I was talking about Sour Diesel the other day with a fellow toker, and we agreed that it is the french-fry-test-equivalent strain of dispensaries. Some do it right, some do it wrong, and some are just forgettable.

By this measure, Compassionate Pain fell somewhere in the In-and-Out Burger range, thanks to a huge, plump display bud with picturesque golden calxyes, orange pistils and contrasting green sugar leaves left behind. The stock jar was down to the tail end, so my budtender ended up giving me the photogenic sample bud that I had been ogling. Yes, it was slightly airy, but I thought that was due to the tiny jar being opened and closed so much. And it might have been, but I never really got that smell back. The bud was dried out and burned quick, too -- but that's what you get with the last of the batch. Smoked, the buds had a light, skunky/soil flavor that came out slightly more in a vaporizer. Potent, though, and I made the mistake of smoking this hunger-kickstarter before grocery shopping twice. But it's hard to say if the bud was worth the price: As I said before, I'm not quite sure if I was ever really clear on any of the pricing.

Continue for the rest of the review, including another photo.

Location Info


Compassionate Pain Management

11950 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, CO

Category: General

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I have had a card for three years and started with CPM in Louisville. They seemed very professional compared to the hippy headshop style of Altermeds across the parking lot. I went with CPM but hit as many other dispensaries as I could in my travels including CPM Lakewood which is a clone of Louisville. 

When the market started heating up and quarters dropped to a pretty normal $35, CPM stayed with higher prices. I mentioned the trend to Sean and he came back at me with prove it and that he knows all the stores and they all charge what he charges. The quality has always been high but inconsistent, supply on hand was always really hit or miss. In both stores I have had to sit and wait while employees socialized or "were on break." Frankly, with so many to choose from, It did not take much to settle on a new dispensary.


The last strain I picked up from CPM in Louisville was AK-47.  I paid $54 for a 1/4 and I'd say it was the worst quality AK-47 I've purchased from a dispensary.  When checking my receipt I couldn't figure out what they charged me for.  Receipt said something like early bird 1/8th.  I have my membership with CPM, but will be changing it.  The pricing needs a major reality check and the bud quality seems to have dropped dramatically.  I haven't had the Sour Diesel recently and I'm not much into concentrates, but I've been feeling the same way about the experience the past 3 visits.


@irq77 ... only suckers and chumps get their pot from greedy overpriced government controlled retail dispensaries.


@McShyster The rest buy it from criminals like yourself.

Either way, someone is making money. Get over it, you whiny bitch.


@Doug ... you can't stop reading my comments, can you, loser?

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