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    November 13, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: Herban Medicinals in Denver

    Herban Medicinals takes up the basement of the building at 70 Broadway, just down the street from Sweet Action Ice Cream. Coincidence? Likely. But I stopped in for a pint of the pumpkin pie ice cream and I'll bet I'm not the first medical pot patient to wander south a few doors. I suggest you do the ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Dispensary Review: A Cut Off the Top in Denver

    I used to smoke cigarettes when I was a dumb teenager. I quit, though. And while I try not to pass judgment on my friends who still smoke them, I find burning tobacco to be among the most foul and offensive odors ever. I'm not alone. It's why we have bans on smoking cigarettes in bars, restaurants, ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Metro Cannabis on Colfax

    Metro Cannabis isn't really known for much. It is generally seen by patients as a warehouse shop with warehouse-quality buds and nothing really to offer someone who wants true variety and well-grown herb. It's a low-rent shop set up along a rough stretch of Colfax that relies on walk-in traffic from ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    Photos: High Times 2014 Cannabis Cup winners -- and William Breathes's take

    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 >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: The Purple Dragon in Denver

    One of the first dudes I ever got stoned with in high school was a super metal-head named Eric who was into Dungeons and Dragons, wizards, warlocks and Tolkein novels. His room at his mom's house, where we would smoke after school, was a tribute to all of these things, featuring black-light posters ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Mile High Green Cross in Denver

    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 >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Lightshade Labs in northeast Denver

    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 >>

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    June 13, 2013

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Gaia Plant-Based Medicine in Denver

    As much as I would like to say there was a more cannabis-related reason for my visit to Gaia, what really brought me to the shop's doorstep was a Cuban sandwich. Far enough down East Colfax to still be East Colfax, Gaia Plant-Based Medicine is nevertheless in a decent location, with a sidewalk stor ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Healing House in Lakewood

    The Healing House menu is freaking huge, and that alone makes it seem like another warehouse crap shack in the boonies getting by on a (somewhat) isolated location to sell bud. The isolated-location part is true, with the shop pretty much at the western end of Alameda just a few miles before it cr ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Photos: High Times Cannabis Cup 2013 wrap-up and winners

    High Times Magazine threw arguable the biggest private pot parties in the nation over the weekend, drawing thousands of people over two days to the Exdo Events Center for the mag's third cannabis contest in as many years. The past two years, only medical marijuana patients were allowed to puff tough ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Green Mountain Care in Littleon

    Green Mountain Care is one of the few dispensaries south of East Hampden Avenue and west of I-25 -- square in the middle of what is otherwise a dispensary no-man's land. The shop isn't on any main strip, and aside from the neon "Open" sign in the window, it looks like a small house surrounded by mor ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Fox Street Wellness in Globeville

    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 fo ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: THC -- The Herbal Center in Denver

    Once again, the holidays have me broke. Between buying flights to see family and gifts for my wife and nephew, the wallet is a little thin. But as the song says, "First take care of head." So I shot down to South Broadway's Discount Dispensary Land to cash in on some meds without breaking the bank.

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    August 17, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Cure Colorado Dispensary

    Cannabis might not be the cure for my stomach condition, but it sure helps. This week I stopped by Cure Colorado Dispensary to see if they had anything on the shelf to sooth what ails me.

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    August 9, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Herbs4You in Denver

    I've admitted in this blog to being bad about judging books by their covers -- and dispensaries by their names. And frankly, Herbs4You sounds more like an insane Japanese game show that puts contestants through rounds of eating semi-poisonous plants than a medical marijuana center.

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    July 19, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Evergreen Apothecary

    A few weeks ago, I was driving down Broadway on the way home from picking my dog up at a friend's house when I realized that I didn't have any herb I was pumped to puff. But it was close to closing time at the dispensaries, and my choices were running slim as I continued north. So I pulled over at t ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary re-review: Denver Patients Group

    Re-reviewing Denver Patients Group is purely a function of its location. That is, I drove past the air-conditioned shop right as the Easy Bake oven that is my AC-less car had started to give me borderline heat stroke. Some people go to shopping malls or movies to cool off in heat waves. Why not a di ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Native Roots II in Lakewood

    Whereas the original Native Roots occupies almost a quarter-floor of a high rise in Denver, its Lakewood location is sandwiched between other stores in a small strip center next to a McDonald's on Wadsworth. Fitting, as Native Roots is one of a handful of dispensaries not only staying afloat but ope ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Chronorado Medical in Denver

    I'll be honest: The name Chronorado sounds like something a marble-mouthed hippie would say when telling his friends where the Rainbow Gathering is this summer. And the place isn't that appealing from outside. But lately, the shop's been getting decent reviews from people I've encountered, and I fig ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Timberline Herbal Clinic

    ​Timberline Herbal Clinic isn't anything fancy, nor does it pretend to be. It's a working-class shop in a working-class part of town north of I-70 on Colorado Boulevard, where hardworking guys at nearby tire yards and truck-repair shops stop in on their lunch break to pick up edibles for after ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Garden of the Gods in Denver

    ​In high school, my friends and I used to buy weed from a guy who lived in some shady apartments. The dude only let one or two people actually come buy weed, so the parking lot of his apartment complex always looked suspiciously shady, with us kids hanging out smoking cigs and what little weed ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Tim Wirth scolds Obama for lack of action on climate change

    Environmental leaders who ardently supported Barack Obama in 2008 haven't had much to celebrate in the past three years, as key pieces of legislation dealing with climate change and controls on the energy industry have been scuttled, diluted or delayed -- by a bad economy, an increasingly intransige ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: The Kind Room in Denver

    ​Something about the name "The Kind Room" was subtle yet distinctively attractive, and the place has always stood out for that alone among the dozens of other shops along Broadway Broadsterdam's main drag of dispensaries. Yes, I know, the name of an MMC is hardly a reason to visit the place, b ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: GreenWerkz in Denver

    from​GreenWerkz appeared on my radar a few weeks ago, after we posted a story on Full Spectrum Labs and its quest to find strains high in CBD, the cannabinoid in ganja most able to ease muscle and joint pain. According to Full Spectrum, GreenWerkz carries one of the highest CBD ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    Are climbing and roller derby destined for the Olympics? Colorado's ready to rock the world

    ​Last week we reported on the International Olympic Committee's announcement that ski and snowboard slopestyle events have officially been added as medal sports for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and on the local ramifications of that decision. And wait, there's more: Other big news with a solid ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    International Olympic Committee brings Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle to Winter Olympics

    ​Yesterday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved the addition of Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle events at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The announcement came yesterday from the 123rd IOC Session in Durban, South Africa, and follows an April announcement tha ... More >>

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    April 14, 2011

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Urban Cannabis on South Downing

    ​I stopped by Urban Cannabis last year, but never ended up writing a review about it. At the time, they didn't have much on their shelves from their own garden and what they did have was overpriced and not worth the digital ink to report. This time around, the shop was in full swing, with stoc ... More >>

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    April 1, 2011

    It smells good in here: High Times Medical Cannabis Cup this weekend

    ​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.

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    January 27, 2011

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Local Product of Colorado

    ​The storefront and decor at Local Product of Colorado have been set up with the utmost care. But their actual local product and its pricing may need some attention.

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    December 22, 2010

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Colorado Alternative Medicine (CAM)

    ​Colorado Alternative Medicine is one of the few shops I've heard good things about from patients as well as other dispensary owners. I've been hearing stories about its solid collection of connoisseur genetics and homegrown-quality herb for over a year now, and decided it was finally time to ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: The Grasshopper Alternative Medicine

    ​Mixed in with the boutique specialty shops, craft beer houses and other restaurants in the area, Grasshopper Alternative Medicine blends in well with its East 17th Avenue neighbors. Aside from the ubiquitous green medical marijuana crosses, the clinic could pass for a coffee shop thanks to it ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Medical marijuana dispensary review: Alternative Wellness Center gives Highland alternatives

    ​I can remember back in the day when having the option of a bag with or without seeds was about as much selection as I'd get when buying pot. Now I can walk into a shop that carries two-dozen strains of herb and walk out having only seen half of the menu. Spoiled much? Yes, and I don't think I ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    City Park Dispensary packs a lot of memorable weed into a very small space

    ​In "Mile Highs and Lows," Westword offers a no-holds-barred look at what goes on behind the locked doors of marijuana clinics, whether they resemble swanky bars, sterile dentist's offices or a dope dealer's college dorm room. See our dispensary list here, and keep reading for William Breathe ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    High Grade Alternatives is a high point on the dispensary scene

    ​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 is offering a n ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Mile Highs and Lows: One Brown Mouse/Cannabis Healing Arts

    ​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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