Medical marijuana dispensary review: Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine in Golden
Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine is located in the shadow of the Interstate 70 and Highway 6 interchange, and it's home is one of the most curious buildings in the metro area.
I've been driving past the thing for at least fifteen years, and always assumed it was a really tiny apartment complex due to the balconies and stonework/log cabin look. (Yes, it would have been an oddly located apartment, but I've lived in stranger locales.) Turns out I was pleasantly wrong.
Rocky Mountain Organic MedicineRocky Mountain Organic Medicine shares a commercial space with a yoga studio and (I think) some sort of commercial painting/cleaning company. Even more interesting, this corner of the metro area is technically in Golden -- part of what I assume was an industrial land grab at one point to help build up the tax revenue for the county. That Golden address, though, would prevent Rocky Mountain Organic Medicine from going recreational right now, as Golden isn't allowing any recreational sales.
511 Orchard Street
Golden, CO 80401
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range (members): $10/gram $32/eighth-ounce, $200/ounce.
Raw marijuana price range (non-members): $13/gram $35/eighth-ounce, $225-$250/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, caviar, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Not that the folks at the shop mind. According to the guy who checked me in at the dispensary's front counter, the owners don't really want to move over to recreational sales right now; to them, the whole thing seems like a big mess in Denver.
By the way, the shop was started in 2009 by a husband-and-wife team. According to their website, the pair got into medical cannabis after the wife was diagnosed with colon cancer, and after visiting dispensaries open at the time, they quickly grew tired of shops with low-quality cannabis and lackadaisical staff -- so they decided to open their own center.
What they came up with certainly isn't very pot-centric in feel. Again, the commercial center where they are located looks like someone's winter cabin in Granby, complete with evergreens and aspens in the front yard. Inside, the patient lounge is simple and refreshingly light on weed-happy decorations. Instead, it feels like a health clinic in a small town like Durango -- except for the skunky smell, of course.
RMOM from Weedmaps.com.
I took a seat in one of the chairs next to the receptionist counter while the guy copied me into the shop's system. He sent me back down the hallway to the bud bar within a few minutes.
What at first looks like a tiny room for the bud bar opens up as you round the corner into a huge, boardroom-sized space. It's actually much more space than the shop is currently using, so it's been divided off, with a display of hats and T-shirts behind one side of the L-shaped bar to split the wide room in half. Bud and edibles are kept in two glass display cases on the other side, with indicas on one side of the long shelf and sativas on the other.
I got the usual first-time patient mini-tour ("Here's this, here's that, and this is what you'll pay") before the two women behind the bud bar started pulling out jars with plump, fat buds of herb in them for me to peruse. First-time patients get their first eighth for $18, and then everything else is $25 an eighth. Returning customers pay $25 an eighth, with non-members' second eighth rising up to $35. Signing the shop up as your primary center drops that second eighth price to $32, as well as bringing the ounce price down to $200.
All of which is decent pricing considering the top-notch level of cannabis I saw in most all of the jars I made my way through. We started with a stinky, plump and trichome-blasted batch of Rascal OG that instantly filled the void between my nose and the buds with a rich, piney sandalwood smell.