Medical marijuana dispensary review: Summit Wellness in Denver
The ink on the first recreational and dual-use marijuana retail applications has hardly even dried.
And the licenses for such shops are still months away from being issued.
But already, shops are making moves to shift to a new customer base of walk-in downtowners and discount-hunting tourists.
Take, for example, Summit Wellness.
Summit WellnessThe shop has a dark brown-on-brown thing going, with tan and brown paint on the walls, deeply stained wood floors, heavy oak furniture and natural wood trim on the doors. It's cozy and warm, but somewhat dated-feeling -- if that is at all possible for an industry less than five years old in this state. It's like my old DIY uncle's South Fork cabin, complete with homemade wooden everything.
2117 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range (members) $5.71/gram $20/eighth-ounce, $70/half-ounce $140/ounce.
Raw marijuana price range (non-members): $7.14/gram $25/eighth-ounce, $85/half-ounce $155/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, icewater hash, tinctures, topicals, edibles, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
My budtender was piddling around on an iPad at the receptionist desk while SportsCenter played on the flat-screen above his head. Dude had a trumpet out and looked like a bigger, more-metal version of Chuck Mangione -- hat and all. I half expected "Feels so Good" to start as soon as the two of us walked through the locked door toward the back.
Sadly, no sweeping funky melodies awaited me -- just a bud bar in the midst of a major expansion. The same dark-brown mood is kept up, though it's hard to say what the actual bud bar will look like now, as the shop is currently expanding to accommodate the eventual shift to a recreational marijuana store, according to my budtender. He didn't want to say too much, but noted that the central-downtown location sets the center up nicely for tourist walk-ins and the like. And while he implied that nothing is set in stone, the shop looks like it has tripled the size of its bud-bar space by eliminating a few walls and moving some private offices.
For now, construction looms around the small corner bud-bar area, set up with a belly-high bar and a stack of about a dozen jars set out inside the glass-topped counter, some filled with chunky buds, and others with shakey bits and pieces. Hash selection seemed promising from the online menu and website, which has some gorgeous pictures of shatter oil. But when I stopped by, all that was left of the icewater hash was rolling around in the tiny grooves at the bottom of the Mason jar, and the only other concentrates were chunks of "Honeycomb" wax from Moonrocks for $30 per gram. It was way too oily and sugary-looking for my tastes these days, like crumbled-up yellow candle wax. I could hear it sizzle on my nail just looking at it. With few options, I opted out of concentrates at Summit.
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