Medical marijuana dispensary review: Reserve 1 in Glendale
If a shop is going to open its doors to the general public, then it shouldn't matter when I visit. The kinks in the shop might need more time to be ironed out, but the kinks in the grow room will take months to get sorted.
Which brings us to the newly opened Reserve 1 in Glendale.
Reserve 1 Glendale MMJThe shop is brand-spanking-new, and located in a spot that formerly saw most of its traffic from limos waiting on bachelor parties throwing away money at Shotgun Willie's, across the street. But times change, and the neighborhood with it. Even Shotgun Willie's has gone classy -- or at least as classy as it can get.
4182 E. Virginia Ave., Unit C
Glendale, CO 80209
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $5.71-$8.57/gram $20-30/eighth-ounce, $120-$215/ounce. Members receive about 10 percent off purchase.
Other types of medicine: wax, tinctures, edibles, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
Recreational sales?: Soon.
Reserve 1 has completely gutted its space and spent some considerable time and money making it clean, bright and classy -- albeit empty. It smells new inside, with fresh pastel-green paint on the walls and a new wood floor that echoes even the smallest sneaker squeak around the cavernous patient waiting room.
A woman behind the extra-thick glass at the receptionist window was waiting to take my ID and red card. She was friendly and told me the shop had only been open two weeks or so -- and added that it was going to convert to a dual-use recreational and medical facility in the next month. In the meantime, however, the shop is pretty bare-bones -- including the bud selection n the shelf. It's nice, though: The owners could easily have one upscale joint on their hands (pun clearly intended).
The equally empty bud room is split up into two areas, with birch-and-glass counters running the length of the shop front to back on either side. On the left, the counters and displays were completely empty, waiting for the recreational sales to begin. Shelves on the right were lightly filled with a few edibles, vape-pen displays, pre-rolled joints and crumbly, brown "moonrock" wax (I've given up trying to find a good batch of this). Bud was kept out in large, square plastic tubs with the tops completely off. When I walked in, the receptionist mentioned something about the buds not being cured correctly, and it was a problem they were working out. But openly drying them in the room seemed a bit drastic, and wasn't going to help them very much. Props to the staff for at least recognizing they have a problem, though.
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