Medical marijuana dispensary review: Alive Herbal Medicine in Denver
Alive Herbal Medicine seems out of place. Not because it's situated in the small Sunnyside neighborhood next to a residential area, or because the corrugated tin barn of a building looks like it belongs on a farm and not off a busy interstate in the middle of Denver. What feels out of place is where it's located in town. Specifically, the shop seems like it belongs on South Broadway or Federal along with the dozens of other warehouse-grade medical-pot clearinghouses -- although its publicity photos definitely make it stand out.
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Alive Herbal MedicineI walked in, stood at the window for a second and heard a few voices in the back, so I rang the small bell on the counter and pulled some cash out of the ATM in the lobby. Nobody had come to the window in my absence. Small shop, I figured: Someone was probably just taking a long time at the bud bar and the only employee was swamped.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Sundays.
Raw marijuana price range: $30/eighth-ounce, $179/ounce.
Other types of medicine: BHO, CO2 oil, kief, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Turns out I was wrong. After standing around for long enough to seriously consider walking out, a stoned-looking older guy crept around the corner and gave me a surprised look, like he wasn't expecting anyone in the waiting room. After being buzzed through, I realized that what I thought was another patient wasn't a person at all. It was just the massive flat-screen TV hung above the bud bar, which was tuned to CNN and cranked up to eleven.
Alive Herbal Medicine's waiting room. Model not included.
Inside, the place is done up like a funhouse, with loud reds, blues and greens painted randomly on the surprising number of walls, trim pieces and doors in the otherwise tiny bud room. Money-green leather sofas (which are nowhere near as cool as Biggie made them out to be) make up the waiting area/location for a lingerie photo shoot. The bud bar is set up in the corner, with herb kept in glass jars behind a glass display case in the middle section of a C-shaped display setup. Edibles crammed the countertop on one side, and glass pipes filled up the display case to the right of the buds themselves. My budtender took a seat behind the counter like a pawnbroker and got straight down to business: "What do you want today?"
Most of the strains sell for $30 an eighth, though there was a large jar on top of the cabinet with some very wispy and premature Sage on sale for $25 an eighth. It's the type of bud you settled for back in high school before you made any real connections in life.
The bud bar at Alive Herbal Medicine.
In the cabinet, things got a little better, but there wasn't much to choose from. The Big Band jar was full of fruity, chunky buds, and what was left of the Mother's Finest reminded me of old-fashioned, no-name backyard herb my friend's mom used to cultivate during summers. Others weren't so hot, including an AK-47 that looked spotty with what looked (and smelled) like powdery mildew buildup. Even if my eyes and nose were wrong, the overall bud quality still should have been on the discount shelf. My budtender had about as much enthusiasm for the buds as I did, offering up the jars with no explanation or commentary whatsoever.
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