Medical marijuana dispensary review: Lyons Finest II in Denver

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Courtesy of Lyons Finest Facebook page
Lyons Finest II shop had escaped my radar until last week, when I was browsing Weed Maps and saw that it had a decent rating and reviews from customers. I've also got this theory that the farther north you go in Colorado, the better the bud gets -- and by that logic, a shop from Lyons should have good herb.

Yes, that's about as scientific as my selection process gets.

See also: Medical marijuana dispensary review: Healing House in Denver

Lyons Finest II

11080 East 47th Avenue
Denver, CO 80239
303-371-3729

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6:45 Sunday.
Raw marijuana price range: $8-$9/gram $25-$35/eighth-ounce, $180-$200/ounce. Members receive monthly specials.
Other types of medicine: Edibles, drinks, pressed kief, wax, shatter.
Online menu? Yes.
Handicap-accessible? Yes.

Like a lot of north-of-70 dispensaries, Lyons Finest II is in the maze of scrabbly warehouses that were at one point adjacent to the old Stapleton Airport. It's become a dispensary hot spot in recent years, mostly because people are trying to position themselves at the gateway to Denver for people just getting off a flight at DIA.

Fittingly, the inside of Lyons Finest II looks like someone took over the HR offices of a moving company or some other warehouse-related business and turned it into a pot shop without doing much else. One corner was loaded up with boxes of snacks, drinks and food for employees, and paperwork was hung all over near the front desk.

Inside, the place smells green and fertilizer-ish; the grow operation was clearly going on behind the blacked-out door to the right of the reception counter. (At one point, a grower stepped out of the room and I got a look at a few different plants.) My budtender was doubling as a receptionist when I walked in, watching a huge flat-screen TV mounted on the wall opposite her desk. There's not really a waiting room so much as there are a few chairs by the desk and some standing room over by the snack pantry. Thankfully, only two guys were ahead of me, and they didn't take much time. They walked up, made their selections without looking at any of the tiny display jars, and walked out with some $180 ounces.

Dawgs' Waltz from Lyons Finest.
The bud bar is in the same space, with a row of glass display cabinets and a cash register running down the back of the office. Herb is kept in large, barrel-like jars on a huge black bookcase behind the budtenders. Small bud sample jars of about half of the strains were on the counter; to see the rest of the strains, you had to ask the budtender to pull them off the shelf behind her.

Most of the buds fell in the general range of warehouse-grow-level pot. Things like the Green Kush, Headband and Flo could have been any strain, as there weren't any strain-defining characteristics to any of them. The neon-green Golden Goat looked like it was juiced up on hydro-nutrients and lacked the fuzzy orange appearance and rotten-sweet smell. Others were more tolerable, like the funky and fruity Strawberry Wowie, grapey Purple Urkle and spicy AK.

Pricing is reasonable, though the quality didn't necessarily demand that the majority of them were priced in the top-level $30/eighth range. Only a handful of the buds were on the $25 level, and one or two were designated as reserved strains at $35 an eighth. First-timers get a $15-per-eighth-ounce discount from any shelf, as well as a pre-rolled doobie. Although I normally split an eighth to get some variety, my budtender said she wouldn't do it on a $15 eighth but would on a full-priced eighth. Okay: It makes little sense other than budtender laziness, but no big deal. I don't really think any of the other strains would have been any more impressive than the mid-level-quality Dawg Waltz I got.

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Flo shatter by Colorado Concentrates from Lyons Finest II.
Not that it was bad. In fact, the buds looked solid. Nice crystal coverage with huge, fat, bulbous-headed trichomes dusted all over the sticky, dark-green and orange buds. It just didn't have much of a distinct smell or flavor and reminded me of some generic Cali buds I picked up on the street in Kona, Hawaii, a few years back. Out of the jar, the buds smelled like garden gloves after weeding. Broken up, they took on a darker, black-cherry sweetness, but none of that came through in the tarry, resinous smoke. The strain itself was heavy, and though it perked up my appetite significantly, it also made it hard to stay awake after a couple of bowls. Not a strain I'd come back for personally, but if you're an insomniac, give this one a go.

The best bet, from what I could see, was the hash-oil wax and shatter from Colorado Concentrates -- specifically the shatter. I'm not a huge fan of waxes unless I'm using a vape pen, and the "flake" hash looked like too much of a hassle for me. But the deep-tan, coffee-colored globs of Flo shatter were just right at $40 a gram (tax is included in the shop's pricing). The wax was a good consistency and remained brittle and clear for the week or so it lasted. Even un-vaporized, the stuff had a sweet, soil-like smell, and the flavor was amazingly spot-on Flo. I've given Colorado Concentrates a hard time in the past over waxes I've brought home and subsequently threw away, but the company has clearly improved, and I'd come back for this again for sure.

But that might be the only reason I'd make the drive back to Lyons Finest II right now. Otherwise, unless you live within a few minutes' drive, you won't find anything here that you couldn't find by throwing a rock down Broadway and walking into the first dispensary you hit.

That, or driving up to Lyons and making friends with the first guy who reeks of skunk.

Read more reviews from Westword's medical marijuana dispensary critic, William Breathes, in our Mile Highs and Lows blog, and keep up with all your Colorado marijuana news over at The Latest Word.


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MsMedicinal
MsMedicinal

Warehouse Weed at best ...been there ...tried it ...will not go back. William described the dispensary exactly as it was a year ago when it opened up. It looks like no one ever took the time to unpack the snacks .....  disorganized .. no class. 


As weak as the "Weed" is ...the budtender should have split the eight. 


Regardless .... there's much. much better "Weed" in Colorado ...and this is not a dispensary that has developed the the Science of growing Colorado Connoisseur Cannabis by any means. 


For this dispensary to say "We have the Bomb-Ass Smoke" ....

 ... is like the Russians saying "We did not shoot down that plane"

No one is buying it .....



upinsmoke
upinsmoke

That dispensary is just awful. their bud is unflushed and sprayed with chemical pesticides and fungicides. I know this for a fact. Not gonna name names, but the info is out there..

Mei Lin
Mei Lin

This review is totally off. I've been a customer there for a long time and all the buds that I've ever tried from there are spot on. you can't just try one strain and say you don't like it. It's unfair to their establishment: what doesn't work for you works just fine for others. I go there a few times a week so trust me when i say that when they couldn't split your first time $15 eighth it was not because of laziness, it's just simply company policy. The bud tenders there are wonderful and very helpful. All the concentrates that they have are made from their own buds and trim so that would explain why you would suddenly find colorado concentrates good: because their buds are good. next time you should definitely try more then one thing before giving a haphazard review. I would recommend this place to anyone I come across! :D

Mei Lin
Mei Lin

This review is totally off. I've been a customer there for a long time and all the buds that I've ever tried from there are spot on. you can't just try one strain and say you don't like it. It's unfair to their establishment: what doesn

Lydia Cabrera
Lydia Cabrera

William Breathes, I think the reviews on their buds are off and a bit skewed. Their pricing is no where near what you are speaking of. I walked out of there today with a half of amazing Black Water and a half of good looking and smellin headband. The tenders have alway been very knowledgeable on the strains and their effects. Oh , the oz was 150 out the door. I would skip medicine man down the street as they have gone rec and are weak on the buds. The tone of your wiring has a negative connotation to it. I think it's unfair you blow in look at a thin or two and then write a review that affects their livelyhood. Maybe you didn't get some free bees that you thought you might rate. Idk. You should visit somewhere more than once before reviewing ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

How fucking lazy do you have to be to duplicate already well reviewed dispensaries from Weedmaps when there are HUNDREDS of other dispensaries in need of review?


What next, the Wastedword Food Critic reading and duplicating reviews from the Denver Post?





J85478
J85478

@DonkeyHotay How big of a fucking loser do you have to be to troll westword for mmj posts and to insult other readers. Poor guy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@J85478 ... how big of a fucking loser do you have to be to read and reply to my "insulting troll posts", eh moron?



J85478
J85478

@DonkeyHotay- Per usual, ignore the post and just spew your spite. I bet you're a hoot at parties.

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