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Medical marijuana dispensary review: RiNo Supply Company in River North

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Surprising for the guy who writes Ask a Stoner, I know, but now and then I leave things until the last minute: RSVPs, packing, filling up the car before leaving for the airport, finding my pass on the first powder day of the season, and occasionally going to the medical marijuana dispensary for a review.

Yes, it's my job, but occasionally seeking out the few gems in the sea of warehouse cannabis isn't top on my list.

Such was the case the other day, when I realized I hadn't been to a dispensary to review this week after being out of town all last week. So I stopped by RiNo last minute on my way home from DIA to pick up a bag, and to see how how the shop has changed (or not) over the last two years.

RiNo Supply Company

3100 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 296-2680
RiNoSupplyCompany.com

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $8-$10/gram $18-$25/eighth-ounce, $125-$180/ounce.
Other types of medicine: Edibles (candies), wax from in-house trim by Mahatma concentrates.
Online menu? Yes, but it is three months out of date as of this writing.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

Times must have gotten rougher at RiNo since my last visit. That is to say, I don't recall being asked to lift my shirt by an armed, linebacker-sized security guard in cargo pants just to prove that my skinny ass wasn't packing a handgun in my boxers the last time I stopped by. I asked if there had been some recent trouble and the dude said, "No. It's a security thing, so nobody gets any ideas." Fair enough. I happened to have left my pocket shark-lazer bazooka at home that day, so I was let into the inner sanctum with a serious warning about not reselling the marijuana I purchased.

Not much has changed, though the greeter has gotten a lot cuter. And furrier. Mary Jane, a sweet, brown pit-mix-looking pup, was sleeping on the chocolate-colored couch in the waiting room, so I sat down to hang with her and check out the dark, comfortable confines while Security Guy entered me into the shop's system. Some pipes are displayed in a rotating light-up case, magazines are on the table and the center's licenses are stacked on an otherwise empty bookshelf. Meanwhile, classic hip-hop boomed through the stereo. The place is a little dusty, but otherwise fine. It seems it's just underused. Maybe people know what they want when they come in these days and lines just aren't backing up.

And what the people want is cheap, cheap ounces of herb. That's what the shop has specialized in for years now -- being a wholesaler not only to other dispensaries, but also to patients buying in bulk. That's clear as soon as you get to the bud bar, where instead of display jars with nugs to be weighed out on demand, the shop has hung pre-packaged plastic bags on the corkboard wall behind the bud bar. And they aren't pre-weighed small bags, either. Each is filled with exactly an ounce.

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Blue Dream from RiNo Supply Co.
If you want less than that, the staffers will crack one open and weigh you out an eighth and leave the rest for the next person too cheap to buy a $120 ounce. Which is fine for the ounce buyers, but a little strange if you're shopping for variety. The shop was down to about six different strains, with all but two pre-packaged into ounce bags. The other two strains -- fresh from the grow -- were being bagged up as I shopped. BHO was done by Mahatma from RiNo's trim, but I've never had much luck with that company's concentrates, so I skipped over the display.

My first pick was the Blue Dream, mostly due to the sizable chunky buds I could see from my position in front of the bud bar. My budtender pulled one of the ounces off the shelf, cracked open the Ziplock and shoved it under my nose, telling me that he just picked up a quarter-ounce of it himself. I could see why: The buds were ripe and had a silver dusting of trichomes throughout despite the initial smell, which seems to have been stuck on 50 percent power. Broken up, they let out more of the calming lavender odors along with a light skunkiness that came through in the first few hits out of a clean bubbler and dry pipes. A little on the dry side, but even so, the buds burned down clean to a white ash with no crackling, popping surprises -- just a calming, soothing buzz perfect for heavy anxiety. All the other buds I cracked open looked as clean as the one I test-smoked, so for $18, I felt like I had spent well this week.

Continue for the rest of the review and photos.

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RiNo Supply Co

3100 Blake St., Denver, CO

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Derek Dwreck Wynn
Derek Dwreck Wynn

I really don't feel like getting searched like a criminal everytime I go in.

whosdp
whosdp

My experienceS at Rino Supply are mostly not very good.  From seedy offerings to poorly, machine-trimmed buds, there's not much to like, other than the price.  I've not been there, since they went to pre-packaged buds, but that idea isn't necessarily bad...if only the product were consistently good, which is FAR from the case, at Rino.

I'd say, Rino is about what to expect from the recreational mj scene--prepackaged schwag that most MMJ dispensaries would be ashamed to offer.  Yeah, there's a place for it in this market...just not in the consumers' hearts.

McShyster
McShyster

These inane irrelevant reviews of the "ambiance" of the dispensary BUILDINGS are as absurd as reviewing Pharmacies for their decor.

The entire premise of dispensary reviews is retarded.


McShyster
McShyster

3 held in plot to kidnap, sexually mutilate pot dispensary owner

November 8, 20137:01 p.m.

Two men and a woman were arrested this week on kidnapping and torture charges for burning the owner of a lucrative medical marijuana dispensary with a blowtorch, then cutting off his penis in an attempt to force him to disclose where he supposedly had buried bags of cash in the desert, authorities said.

Ryan Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Kevorkian, 33, were arrested Friday in Fresno; a third suspect, Hossein Nayeri, 34, was arrested Thursday by FBI agents in Prague and will face extradition proceedings.

The three — along with 34-year-old Kyle Handley, who was arrested last year — all face the possibility of life in prison without parole if convicted.

Handley is a marijuana grower who supplied the victim’s clinic, according to authorities. He, along with other growers, had accompanied the victim, whose name has not been released, on an “extravagant and expensive trip” to Las Vegas, authorities said.

When Handley returned from the trip, he allegedly told his co-defendants that the victim was “extremely wealthy” and the four began plotting to rob him, according to a joint statement from the Newport Beach Police Department and the Orange County district attorney’s office.

The four are accused of watching the victim’s house for weeks and observing him drive to the desert, where he had been discussing a possible investment deal. The defendants mistakenly concluded that he had been burying money, police and prosecutors said.

On Oct. 2, 2012, authorities allege, the four went to the victim’s home with the intent of robbing him. Once there, they severely beat the man. They then placed him and his female roommate in zip tie handcuffs and took them from the home in a van.

They drove to the area in the desert where they believed the money was buried, according to authorities. After allegedly burning the male victim with a blowtorch and sexually mutilating him, authorities said, the assailants poured bleach on him in an effort to destroy any DNA evidence connecting them to the crime.

They then left both victims on the side of the road, taking the male victim’s penis with them so that it could not be reattached.


tzadik42
tzadik42

I was surprised to hear you haven't had much luck with Mahatma.... I've been picking up their wax from Strainwise and it's been great for my oil attchment for my Buddha vape.

Donald Wagner
Donald Wagner

Fucking Westword how god damn creative of a story go to hell and now off my likes list

Anthony Anrig
Anthony Anrig

Since when is RiNo an acceptable abbreviation? Sorry but if you have to be frisked worse than the TSA to get weed there's something wrong. The title of this article is very misleading and just like every other aspect of Westword lately you asses need to stop with that shit. Every dispensary has their weight limit per day per customer, river north is no exception the whole article sounds like a sales pitch and that's bullshit. You make river North seem shady and on par with east Colfax and that's not cool. Westword is slacking and from someone who actually gives a damn about this city you guys need to get your shit together.

TimC.
TimC.

McShyster = smokes dirt weed, of course he doesn't care about appearance.

McShyster
McShyster

Hey Bongsucker Billy,

Are you going to masturbate to those buds or SMOKE them?

All the bullshit foreplay about appearance, aroma, decore, etc is UTTERLY IRRELEVANT to how well the "medicine" works once consumed.

Cut the pretentious idiotic bullshit, and start posting LAB TESTS.

McShyster

tony514
tony514

@whosdp you know ..when medical boy's first started up there shit wasn't the bomb either most shops were coping the good buds off the streets from hippies with back packs.after the law started to prevent the trade of weed from third parties i found that most dispenceries sucked at growing weed. im pretty sure the recreation scene will be the same a few wet fish for a few months

ultimatebek
ultimatebek

@tzadik42 When Mahatma processes wax they use each dispensary's trim. By this I mean that Rino trim is used for Rino wax and Strainwise trim is used for Strainwise wax. Mahatma also has their own wax which they process from bud/flower. The Trainwreck is  muy bueno :)

McShyster
McShyster

@TimC. = smokes over-priced, over-taxed, over-regulated, government controlled warehouse schwag from the greedy big $$ dispensary cartels ...

... because no self-respecting independent caregiver/grower/supplier would ever sell to him ... and he's too lazy and clueless to grow his own supply.


p13t3rm
p13t3rm

@McShyster You need to start following your own advice and smoke some bud. You might be a little stressed if reading an article puts you on edge like that.

TimC.
TimC.

Nobody gives a fuck what you want to see.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@p13t3rm another puerile pot person.  Look I have a word of the day calendar!

McShyster
McShyster

@TimC. = another pretentious pot punk

Now go smoke the DECOR, the Pitbull and the Containers, jackwipe.


McShyster
McShyster

@TimC. = thinks "a light-up case, magazines and otherwise empty bookshelf" have ANYTHING to do with the QUALITY of the "medicine".


TimC.
TimC.

Keep up your bitching. It only makes you look like more of a bitch, bitch.

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