Medical marijuana dispensary review: Cross Genetics in Denver
Eight years ago, seven strangers were picked to live in a converted meat-market bar in Lower Downtown and have their lives videotaped -- and they found out what happens when people stop being polite and start being really, really bad at acting like they aren't in a reality-TV show.
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I'm speaking, of course, of the Real World: Denver -- something I hadn't thought about since MTV's crew packed up and everyone quit talking about the whole thing. But something about Cross Genetics brought it flowing back to me.
Cross GeneticsIt's the type of shop the cast of Real World: Denver would have shopped at, complete with a starkly modern design in what was once an old throwaway building, fist-pumping EDM house music, and muscle-bound budtenders who look like they've collectively spent more time on a weight bench than lighting a bowl.
2160 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $23-$33/eighth-ounce, $$150-$200/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? No.
The throwaway building in question is a former 7-Eleven on South Broadway. And while the shop's owners have done a good enough job of blacking out the front windows and creating a roomy and generic waiting room where the racks of magazines and junk food used to be, a 7-Eleven is a 7-Eleven; the strangely iconic building shapes can never truly be hidden away.
The shop also kept the convenience-store's huge walk-in fridge and freezer along the back wall of the shop, viewable once you get back to the bud bar. Like the front windows, the entire wall of glass doors has been tinted.
The glass cabinets containing the bud are set up along the back wall, where a 7-Eleven usually keeps the Slurpee machine, nacho cheese/chili pump and a rack of random auto parts and supplies. Edibles are kept in a glass counter opposite the main bud bar in a smaller display.
Prices flash by on flat-screens hung up behind the budtenders' heads. Herb is broken down into three sections spread out across the bud bar, with low-priced herb about fifteen feet away from the highest-priced herb in a completely different cabinet -- and half the time, another patient was standing in front of the middle cabinet, blocking my access. Splitting the supply up into three equal bud stations would be a far better use of CG's space and patient time.
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