Medical marijuana dispensary review: DANK Colorado in Denver
I had some friends in town from Texas last weekend. And while concerts at Red Rocks were the reason they flew into town, you wouldn't have known it by their excitement over buying recreational pot legally in the United States for the very first time.
I didn't go with them -- that was their moment to enjoy. But when they came back to my place with jars of herb from DANK, I realized I had missed out. Two years have passed since I first visited the shop, and it's apparently grown up. A lot.
DANK ColoradoThe shop is in the same low industrial building, tucked away in a warehouse park in north Park Hill. There are still no huge obnoxious signs out front, and visiting the place remains a discreet endeavor. But unlike before, when I was the only person around for blocks, the traffic in and out of the door during my re-visit was brisk. I waited in line behind two different groups of people to show my red card and ID to the security guy standing at the end of the hallway.
3835 Elm Street, Suite B
Denver, CO 80207
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily.
Raw marijuana price range: $10-$15/gram $25-$35/eighth-ounce, $150-$230/ounce. Members receive 10-15 percent off purchase.
Other types of medicine: Wax, hash, oil, hash, edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.
Online menu? Yes.
At that point, the crowd split. The two groups in front of me shuffled back to the recreational portion of the shop, while I was told to turn around and buzz the bell at the door on my right for access to the medical side. It's all the same bud, as the garden is situated in the warehouse located behind both shops. When shopping for buds, you can get a glimpse of the occasional worker shuffling back and sending rays of glowing orange light into the room.
Gone is the "400-square-foot green box" of a dispensary with one tiny display, eighth-size sample jars and a budtender hidden behind a stand-up service counter. It's a slick operation now instead of the 2009-era pot shop it was before.
DANK Colorado Facebook. Customers at the recreational pot bar at DANK.
Okay, so it's still a big green box. But at least the crew has cleaned the place up and styled it with raw, graying wood trim-work and an actual bud bar set up, with a lone budtender serving medical patients. It was quiet on the medical side, but through a small hallway connecting the rec and medical bud bars, I could hear a small crowd and lots of talking -- mostly a budtender explaining strains to a fedora'd group of young women hardly a day over 21.
Back on my side of things, my budtender let me browse through the small display jars set up on the glass countertop at my own pace while she took care of my paperwork. There were about a dozen strains on the shelf, and most were really well grown -- and well priced. Nothing is above $35 an eighth or $230 an ounce, and there are plenty of lower-priced buds selling at $25 and $30 an eighth and down as low as $150 an ounce for buds like the Master Kush -- which I thought was good enough to bring home.
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