Medical marijuana dispensary review: La Conte's Clone Bar and Dispensary in Denver
It's been years since I was last in La Conte's. Back in 2011, it was one of the few shops offering buds below $40 an eighth, with hash oil selling at $30 a gram. It wasn't the best bud, but the value was good, and overall the shop got a great review that was even linked on its home page.
Last month, though, La Conte's took second place at the High Times Cannabis Cup -- and that sparked my curiosity as to how much the quality had improved in the past three years, during which it's gone from a mom-and-pop to a booming dual-use recreational and medical pot shop.
La Conte's Clone Bar and DispensarySince my last visit, the shop has changed things around considerably. Gone are the days when you bellied up to the actual former wooden bar and herb was kept back where liquor bottles used to be. Instead, that setup has been turned into the literal "clone bar" part of La Conte's. It's still one of the coolest dispensary spaces in Colorado, however, and it deserves style points for the way it was converted from a dingy drunk tank into a dispensary that feels like it's been around for decades.
5194 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80216
Hours:10 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $10-20/gram $25-$30/eighth-ounce, $125-$180/ounce. Members receive monthly discounts and daily specials.
Other types of medicine: O.pen Vape refils, shatter oil, wax, edibles.
Online menu? Yes.
Handicap-accessible? Yes. (Recreational menu also available)>
I spent about five minutes checking out dozens of freshly rooted little plants, and for the most part, they seemed tall and healthy enough -- no noticeable mildew or pests. A few were wilting, including one of the remaining Bubba Kush cuts, but the shop does offer a pretty much no-questions-asked return policy on clones; if you manage to kill it in the first thirty days, you can bring it in for an exchange. Members pay $10 for a clone, non-members pay $15, and recreational customers pay $30 (plus tax).
The old bud bar, now the clone bar.
La Conte's has also ventured into seed production and now sells its own beans both recreationally and medically. Obviously, I haven't been able to grow any to judge the quality of the finished product, and who knows how accurate the genetics are. But if you're just starting out or have a few spots to fill in your garden, the clone bar is worth a look for the low prices.
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