Medical marijuana dispensary review: Colorado Harvest Co. in Denver
With all of the mergers, acquisitions and buyouts in the medical industry over the last year or so, it's hard to keep up with who owns what.
Not to mention where all of the bud that's supplying these stores is coming from.
As such, Colorado Harvest Company ended up being a re-review of a new shop for us. But the buds were from a garden we've found and enjoyed in the past.
Colorado Harvest CompanyOther than the skunky odor wafting around the sidewalk out front, the green awning at Colorado Harvest is the only real indication that the tan building is a grow facility and dispensary. The rest of the block is equally nondescript and industrial: An auto salvage yard sits across the street, and the shop is flanked by the Talking Book warehouse on one side and a gas/fire-extinguisher-tank fabrication shop on the other. There's little drive-by traffic, let alone foot traffic, which is nice if you're still looking to be discreet about where you go for your pot.
1178 Kalamath St.
Denver, CO 80223
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Raw marijuana price range: $25-$35/eighth-ounce, members pay one tier less; $159-$179/ounce, members pay $10 less.
Other types of medicine: BHO, shatter oil, icewater hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Even so, the second I walked up to the door, another patient cruised up behind me and walked in at the same time. I should have let him go first, because I don't like feeling like I'm holding someone up with my extended shopping. But I blanked on it and handed my card over to the receptionist sitting just behind a raised countertop to the left of the door. The dude behind me sidled up to one of the bar-height tables stacked with pot magazines and fliers.
This was my first time in Colorado Harvest Co., but surprisingly, I was already in the center's system because I've shopped at its "sister store" on South Broadway, Evergreen Apothecary. While I vaguely remembered the layout of Evergreen, I distinctly recalled waiting on a patient ahead of me to finish his conversation, plus a well-done Flo on the shelves. So I figured it was worth sticking around Colorado Harvest Co. for the review.
A woman behind the receptionist desk to the right took my paperwork, scanned me in and sent me back through to the dispensary itself. The bar is an L-shaped counter topped in stainless steel and faced with corrugated tin that gives the shop a cool, clean feeling when juxtaposed with the cold gray paint on the walls and the dozens of spotlights illuminating the room.
There are two stations, with one on either end of the bud bar -- and there were two budtenders working the day I was in, as well, although only one was actually working with patients. The other was twisting up pre-rolled joints, which meant the patient behind me was kept waiting. Considering I spent an annoying amount of time waiting when I was at the sister shop, it's not something I wanted to pay forward while at Colorado Harvest Co.
Thankfully, all of the herb is laid out on the counter in sample jars, and my budtender, local hip-hop musician Jahni Denver, told me to have at them at my own pace. He told me that indica-dominant strains were on the left side and sativas on the right before going back to clicking around on the Mac in front of him.