Medical marijuana dispensary review: Mile High Green Cross in Denver
I could probably hit the Mile High Green Cross sign from the front door of Westword's 10th and Broadway offices using a slingshot.
I point that out because, despite being the closest medical marijuana dispensary to my desk, I've only been there a handful of times.
But a fellow Westword medical marijuana patient has been talking the place up over the last few months, and the buds he's shown me have been on my mind lately.
Mile High Green Cross 852 Broadway Denver, CO 80204 (303) 861-4252 MileHighGreenCross.comMile High Green Cross has really come into its own in the two and a half years since I first visited the dispensary. The biggest change was taking over the space downstairs from its original location, in an old three-story walkup on Broadway, just a few months after my April 2011 visit. The center is wide open now, with exposed brick walls and high ceilings that give the lobby an echoing, cavernous feel.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $11-13/gram $32-$38/eighth-ounce, $215-$270/ounce. Patients receive discounts and specials.
Other types of medicine: BHO, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
For patients in a hurry, the shop has set up a secured pass-through in the security window to the receptionist area. It's basically a thick, Plexiglas box with two doors that can only open one at a time. If you know what you want, you can walk up and order it, drop your cash and be on your way.
I was the only patient in when I stopped by, so I didn't get much time to hang out in the lobby before the guy behind the two-inch safety glass checked over my information and buzzed me through one of the two heavy security doors to the patients-only area of the shop.
The exposed brick continues to the back, where long wood-and-glass cases have been set up in an L-shape separating budtenders from patients. The room was primarily lit by the east-facing windows, giving it a much more indirect glow in the afternoon than the bright, west-facing front lobby. It's not too dark, but some more light over the bud wouldn't hurt.
Everything else about the shop is pretty straightforward. Top-tier bud is kept in sealed jars stacked on a tiered shelf over the glass counter. Lower-tier buds are kept on the bottom shelf of the display cabinet, and mid-tier are kept in the middle. Prices for the tiers are written out on small white displays standing up on the bar. Simple. Easy. My budtender, a misguided Kansas City Chiefs fan his mid- to late twenties, gave me a quick rundown of the setup and let me go at it.
I stuck mostly to the top tier, as it was hard to stray from the quality of buds like the Cindy 99, with a pungency that kicked your nose square in the middle and left a lingering sting, or the Skunkberry, featuring chunky, fluffy buds that nailed the Pepe Le Pew-rolling-in-blueberries funk. I was also impressed by the jar of ripe, full Durban flowers and the face-enveloping, rubbery turpentine odor that came from the Holy Grail Kush. While not everything was hippie-basement quality, it's not hard to see why the shop wins awards for the high-level cannabis produced there -- including several Denver High Times Cannabis Cup nods over the past few years.
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