Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: Golden Meds in North Denver

The thing that's going to turn people away from Golden Meds isn't the shop or the herb. It's the parking lot. Even with nobody around, it's a mess of broken concrete, potholes filled with oily water and bags' worth of garbage blowing around and stacking up on the curbs. Neither does it help that Golden Meds' neighbors include a cut-rate pawnshop and the center as a whole is in a forgotten corner of Montbello on the north side of I-70 that seems to be mostly populated by big rig trucks, fast food joints and gas stations. You probably wouldn't have moved to this area of town to buy cannabis before a state-legal medical cannabis dispensary opened up. That is, unless you had a sketchy dealer who liked to meet in what he thought was a stereotypically sketchy drug-dealing spot.

All of which doesn't set up high expectations for the dispensary itself, frankly. But that's also what made finding the surprisingly high-quality buds inside that much more rewarding.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: Buddy Boy Brands in Denver

I truly try to not pay attention to advertising in the cannabis world. I've gone so far as to put adblocker on my browser and I don't flip past the music venue notices in my own newspaper to the "green" part of the book. I know ad revenue is what butters my bread at the end of the day, but it doesn't matter who does or doesn't advertise in this (or any other) publication.

But spend enough time in enough dispensary waiting rooms and you can't help but notice the onslaught of PR that Buddy Boy Brands is putting out for the opening (re-opening, actually) of seven (soon to be eight) medical dispensaries.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: The Green Solution in Denver

The Green Solution on the first day of recreational cannabis sales.
The Green Solution's dual recreational and medical shop on West Alameda reminds me of an old-school shopping mall. There's the Spencer's Gifts side, with the random assortment of pot-related stuff like Green Solution sandals, novelty pot leaf ice cube trays and other trinkets: Who knew you could make a pipe out of a Frisbee? Then there's the Apple store influence for the shop's relatively clean layout of pot, edibles and concentrates and upbeat, hip-looking associates. And then you've got the Abercrombie and Fitch aspect: blasting music that makes you want to shop quickly and get out.

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Marijuana: MMJ Patient Numbers Drop Slightly Despite High Rec Prices, Lawmakers' Fears

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Despite lawmakers' claims that MMJ patient numbers are growing because of people trying to avoid recreational taxes on pot, patient numbers actually dropped slightly between May and June to 113,506 total red-card holders (down about 1,700 people). In fact, the only population that seems to be increasing on the registry are minors, whose numbers grew from 335 at the end of May to 357 at the end of June.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Clinic in Lakewood

Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness Clinic feels old-school -- if that can even be a thing for a dispensary that is only a few years old. But it does. It's got a vintage suburban Lakewood storefront vibe thanks to its small, 1940s-era stucco building, featuring a curved, glass-brick entrance. And inside, the somewhat loosey-goosey nature of the products crammed on the shelves and in cabinets feels more mom-and-pop than cannabis commercial.

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Marijuana: Could Colorado Springs Approve 26 Percent Tax on Recreational Pot?

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Colorado Springs voters could decide whether to allow recreational cannabis sales in the city next April -- if, that is, pro-pot and anti-pot city leaders can find some common ground first. Recreational cannabis sales are currently banned in the Springs because of a city council vote last year, but in recent months councilwoman Jill Gaebler has been working to get a measure on the April 2015 ballot that would give voters the chance to repeal that ban. Her goal was to have council approve the proposal on August 11; if it failed then, she said, the public would still have time to collect enough signatures for a citizen initiative.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: Local Product of Colorado in Denver

The last time I was in Local Product of Colorado, there were issues. Not with the shop itself -- which at the time was one of the nicest spaces in Denver where medical cannabis was being sold. No, the problem was with the buds and an abundance of powdery mildew. Despite the staff's amazing response to the problem, it was enough for me to write them off and never give them a second thought.

But a lot has changed in three-plus years, and I'm glad they landed back on my radar.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: The Clinic Cap Hill in Denver
Consistency and quality. Those two things are what keep most businesses afloat. A quality restaurant that can't consistently deliver top-notch meals will fail. Likewise, a consistently bad restaurant doesn't stand a chance. The same is true in the medical marijuana dispensary world, where shops consistently lacking in quality have found themselves run out of business or sold to another owner.

That said, there's a reason the Clinic hasn't changed since opening the doors to its first shop in 2009. It hasn't had the need.

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Pot Edibles Lawsuit Filed as More People Say They Were Sickened at Denver County Fair

Although fair-goers were told the Full Melt chocolate bars given out inside the pot pavilion didn't contain any cannabis, several people reported feeling sick and high.
Denver County Fair's pot pavilion wasn't supposed to have any cannabis on the premises, but several people have reported feeling sick and dizzy after eating candy bars given to them by a pavilion vendor, with two men going to the hospital -- and one of them filing a class-action lawsuit about the incident.

We've got statements from the fair and the vendor about a controversy that continues to build.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: Mile High Dispensary in Lakewood

The Cheech and Chong stickers on the windows of the former head shop next door are actually the most pot-related thing about the place. Otherwise, the simple, dark-green "MILE HIGH DISPENSARY" sign with two green crosses is about as low-key as dispensaries get these days.

Of course, at this point, everyone in Colorado knows what discreetly named places with green crosses on their signs really are.

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