Update: See all 88 retail pot shops Denver has licensed in six months since sales began
Today marks six months since recreational marijuana sales began in Colorado, still the only state where such purchases can be made. (The first licensed retail shops in Washington are expected to open on July 7.) By the January 1 launch, eighteen stores had been licensed in Denver, and since then, the total has grown steadily. Some outlets have come and some have gone, but the latest total, as vetted by Westword's Amber Taufen, stands at a whopping 88 -- fifteen more than our previous update in April.
Additional photos and more below.
All the licensed shops are included here, along with photos, videos, links and excerpts from reviews of the ones visited by Westword marijuana critic William Breathes. Count them down below.
Advanced Medical Alternatives
Advanced Medical Alternatives Facebook page
4283 West Florida Avenue
Back to the Garden Health & Wellness
1755 South Broadway
An excerpt from William Breathes's October 2012 review: "The storefront is in an old strip center on South Broadway, and it's among the smallest shops I've visited. The entryway/lobby/reception desk area has just enough room for three or four people, and that's assuming you've all become comfortable enough to sit hip to hip on the antique-style fainting couch across from the reception window."
1201 20th Street
An excerpt from William Breathes's July 2012 review: "I've always been impressed with the way the Cannabis Station took over an old automobile service station without forgetting its past. For example, the old sign out front that once displayed prices for gallons of diesel now shows prices for ounces of Sour Diesel. And an artist has incorporated a few red Mobil Pegasuses (Pegasi?) and old-school red script lettering of its painted name above the two old garage bays."
2057 South Broadway
An excerpt from William Breathes's May 2012 review: "Compared to nearby shops, Colorado Wellness looks surprisingly simple from the outside, lacking the dozens of signs advertising cheap weed that so many neighbors have. Parking was easy between the MMC and the usually busy Famous Pizza joint next door. The waiting area is a huge, high-celienged room that reminded me of the foyers of modern suburban elementary schools, where all the kids and classrooms are locked away behind security doors manned by a receptionist in a glassed-in booth."
Medicinal Wellness Center Facebook page
5430 West 44th Avenue
An excerpt from William Breathes's June 2014 review: "The name of Medicinal Wellness Center sounded so generic that after I noticed it the other day online, I couldn't recall if I had been there before, a long time ago, or hadn't been there at all. Turns out I was right on both fronts, sort of."
4773 North Fox Street
An excerpt from William Breathes's December 2012 review: "Fox Street Wellness is in a Bermuda triangle of a location, just southeast of Sunnyside in a warehouse district cornered by I-25 on the east, 48th Avenue to the north and I-70 to the south. Unless you know the area well, you'll likely end up driving around in circles, cursing former city planners for creating such a clusterfuck."
Frosted Leaf Facebook page
445 North Federal Boulevard
An excerpt of William Breathes's October 2012 review: "The stools in front are the same low-back, Sharper Image-style ones from Serentity Moon. Opposite the bud bar on the other side of the shop are office spaces for management. Across from the entrance and receptionist desk is where the shop keeps the edibles -- although, as usual, I didn't do much browsing for food."
380 Quivas Street
An excerpt from William Breathes's July 2013 review: "Unless you work for Xcel or one of the handful of other industrial businesses along the railroad tracks in the area, you probably haven't ever set foot in the corner of Denver that L'Eagle Services calls home -- though you've driven past it thousands of times on I-25. The shop's warehouse-front location stands out for it's surroundings not because of the industrially artistic orange corrugated tin siding, but due to the immaculate flower garden out front. First thought: The petunias and sage look good enough to smoke."
Continue to keep counting down the 88 recreational marijuana shops Denver has licensed so far.