Medical marijuana dispensary review: Trenchtown MMC in Lakewood
Unless, of course, you're smoking some pretty poorly grown weed -- in which case you may get a scratchy throat or headache.
If that has been the case for you lately, maybe rockin' over to Trenchtown Medical Marijuana Center this week would be a good idea, mon.
Trenchtown Medical Marijuana CenterWe first checked out Trenchtown back in October of 2011, just as the shop was going through some issues with the City of Denver over the entrance to their dispensary. The center was also between harvests and heavily reliant on herb purchased wholesale from other dispensaries. What was on the shelf at the time wasn't necessarily worth a return visit -- especially with the $45 top-tier pricing.
734 Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, CO 80214
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $7.25/gram $25/eighth-ounce, $150/ounce. Members receive discounts at the half-ounce level as well as discounted edibles and concentrates.
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2 oil, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Oh, how things have changed in two years -- notably the location of the dispensary itself. Trenchtown has ditched its low-key, tiny Highlands locale for the corner spot of a Lakewood shopping center otherwise dominated by Hispanic shops -- not unlike Jamaica and the majority of its neighboring island nations. Specifically, there are two Mexican nightclubs, a carniceria, a panaderia, and a tire shop with entirely Spanish signage, all offset by one huge Lion of Judah-painted weed shop.
My budtender later told me that the shop made the move about a year ago into the new space, but the owners and growers have remained constant.
Like the last shop, the new one keeps some of the urban vibe inside, with spray-painted canvases hung on the walls of the lobby along with a few Rasta-centric touches of Bob Marley and red, gold, black and green here and there. A tall, pixie-cut girl who later doubled as my budtender greeted me at the receptionist window. Patients have to show their ID and red card to a camera mounted outside instead of handing it over to the person to look at, but the process moves you more quickly to the bud bar, from what I could tell.
The bud-bar room doesn't have the same corrugated tin decor as the old one, but it still manages to keep the natural, earthy vibe going with a raw, unfinished-looking setup and lots of irie vibes from Bob pictures and posters.
First-timers get member pricing on things like edibles and hash, but the bud menu is priced for all patients, with every strain on the shelf selling for $25 an eighth or $150 an ounce. Unlike the last time we were at Trenchtown, the selection was huge, and nearly everything was direct from the Trenchtown gardens.
My budtender went from a quiet, mousey thing while checking me in to a total pot nerd as soon as we started checking out the herb displayed on jars along shelves on the back wall. Sativa-dominant strains were on the left, hybrids in the middle, and indicas on the right -- and there are little reminders on the counter and hung around the shop in case you forget. Hash made by Colorado Concentrate Company was kept in a fridge out of sight below the counter, with grams of shatter selling for $35 to non-members and $25 to members. The center also has hash deals on Wednesdays and shatter deals on Saturdays that bring the prices down to $20-$25 a gram. Other deals are posted on the center's Facebook page daily.
Continue for herb photos and the rest of the review.