Four years into High Times throwing the Cannabis Cup in Denver and it finally feels like the event has hit it's full, madhouse-crazy stride -- thanks in large part to a venue change from the cramped, maze-like confines of Exdo to the wide-open, somewhat-dingy-but-perfect-for-throwing-a-wild-party co ... More >>
I used to care about waiting a few months to review a new dispensary -- but I've since changed my mind. If a shop is going to open up its doors to the general public, then it shouldn't matter when I visit. The kinks in the shop might need more time to be ironed out, but the kinks in the grow room w ... More >>
One good thing about herb is that when it hits you, you feel no pain. Unless, of course, you're smoking some pretty poorly grown weed -- in which case you may get a scratchy throat or headache. If that has been the case for you lately, maybe rockin' over to Trenchtown Medical Marijuana Center thi ... More >>
With all of the mergers, acquisitions and buy-outs in the medical industry over the last year or so it's hard to keep up with who owns what. Not to mention where all of the bud that's supplying these stores is coming from. As such, Colorado Harvest Company ended up being a re-review of a new shop ... More >>
The ink on the first recreational and dual-use marijuana retail applications has hardly even dried. And the licenses for such shops are still months away from being issued. But already, shops are making moves to shift to a new customer base of walk-in downtowners and discount-hunting tourists. Ta ... More >>
I could probably hit the Mile High Green Cross sign from the front door of Westword's 10th and Broadway offices using a slingshot. I point that out because, despite being the closest medical marijuana dispensary to my desk, I've only been there a handful of times. But a fellow Westword medical mar ... More >>
Some medical dispensaries (and soon-to-be recreational dispensaries) are just begging for a change in laws. What kind of change? One that would allow people to hang out and puff herb with other patients. So far, nobody has really stepped up to take that on. If it does eventually happen, though, ... More >>
It has been more than three years since we were last at Lotus Medical, in the Elephant Corral building on the Western edge of downtown Denver. But unlike a lot of shops that have either changed hands or simply changed décor over the last few years, it seems that Lotus had things down early on and ... More >>
With every trip back and forth to Denver International Airport this summer to pick up visiting friends and family, I've become increasingly excited for the light rail train to DIA. Not only will it finally put Denver up there with other real cities that have real public rail transportation from thei ... More >>
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 loca ... More >>
Of all the dispensaries on Federal, Element420 is arguably the most obvious. If you've driven the strip between Alameda and 6th Avenue any time over the last couple of years, you've seen the large lime-green building, which sits higher than the nearby strip center and almost juts over Federal like a ... More >>
A few months back, after we checked out Root Organic in Boulder, several readers urged us to go back and visit Boulder Wellness next door. The herb is better quality and worth the drive up from Denver, they said. Whereas Root Organic (on the right) takes the more slick, modern approach to its opera ... More >>
Green Cross of Cherry Creek is in an old three-story office building; Green Cross is on the second floor, along with a nail salon that I'm sure at least a few stoners have absentmindedly walked into before getting a whiff of acrylic nail polish instead of skunk. I say that based on the look of "Not ... More >>
It's not so much that Artisanal Medicinals looks sketchy from the outside. It's...ummm...okay, the place looks sketchy from the outside. It's in a forgotten corner of Denver that you probably only visited back in the day if you were buying paint, having a car repaired or spray painting murals at the ... More >>
The weird shit you find in your attic.... During a recent spelunking mission, I came across an amazing artifact from the '80s: "The Colorado Caper," a full-length Marvel comic starring Spider-Man and the Hulk in an exciting advertorial for the Denver Post and the now-defunct May D&F department stor ... More >>
I flew back to Denver from a holiday trip on New Year's Day. And while my trip was great, I couldn't stop thinking about how I'd left myself absolutely no marijuana back at the house. With little time to spare, I made my way into one of the few shops open in Denver, Verde, and found the best herb I' ... More >>
Bartender Ken Kodys left Colorado on September 3 for the 42Below Cocktail World Cup in New Zealand with one mission... to bring a third title back home. The bartending competition is our craft's version of the Olympics, in which 21 of the world's best bartenders representing six countries (and one a ... More >>
Back in the day, there were fewer greater feelings for a young cannabis user than finding a new connection. Finding that steady hookup of sticky green bud was one you cherished as your friends were picking seeds out of brick. I hadn't thought about that sensation in a while, what with so many MMCs a ... More >>
The changes to Denver Kush Club since our first visit in May 2010 haven't been drastic, but the transition from stoner den with a thrown-together lounge and dispensary to a slick storefront with memorable herb made for a great second first impression.
I've been eyeing the CCF sign on Colfax for years now. It's one of the most prominent MMJ signs on Colfax, while at the same time being relatively modest. Just three big letters on an old neon marquee. I always assumed the sign was probably the best part about the otherwise discount-looking shop.
Natural Remedies is on the fifth floor of a turn-of-the-century building on Market Street above Sonoda's Sushi. The building has a central staircase and the smell of freshly fried tempura wafts all the way up to the fifth floor, generally overpowering the feint smell of cannabis until you get ... More >>
This will be a weekend to remember, though I doubt I'll remember much of it. The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup is at the Exdo Event Center this weekend. If you have trouble finding it, look for the rising cloud of deliciously fragrant smoke northeast of downtown.
I hadn't heard of Cherry Co. until recently when someone sent me a picture of their OG Kush x Super Silver Haze (called Kizzle) via Facebook. Apparently the shop, which opened in June, hasn't done much advertising. They don't even have a website up yet.
Pure Medical DispensaryIn "Mile Highs and Lows," Westword offers a no-holds-barred look at what goes on behind the locked doors of marijuana dispensaries, whether they resemble swanky bars or a dope dealer's college dorm room. See our dispensary list here, and keep reading for William Brea ... More >>
As Colorado's medical-marijuana industry grows, marijuana dispensaries of all types and sizes are proliferating around the state. Some resemble swanky bars or sterile dentist offices; others feel like a dope dealer's college dorm room. To help keep them all straight, Westword will be offering ... More >>
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