We know the Onyx member and Deebo's jailbreaking sidekick spells his name "Sticky Fingaz," but you can't help but make the connection to the rapper when driving by the north Denver pot shop. While the dispensary isn't inviting you to steal anything, anyone who's trimmed more than an ounce of flower can certainly appreciate the reference to resin-covered hands. Just remember: Don't rub your eyes.

Readers' Choice: Starbuds

Lotus Medical

Dispensaries that only serve the medical crowd are getting harder to find in Denver these days, but there are still a few dozen that refuse to make the switch — and we respect that. Lotus Medical has held prime real estate at 14th and Wazee streets since 2010, and it has stayed loyal to its patients, serving up stanky, plump cuts of house strains like Bubba Gum Kush and Snow Monster while dishing out fan favorites such as Sour Diesel and Tahoe OG.

Readers' Choice: PotCo

Verde Natural
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Verde Natural founder Chuck Blackton isn't a Colorado native — he has cannabis-breeding roots in Las Vegas and the Netherlands — but his pot shops fit right in on East Colfax and in Boulder. Verde's award-winning cultivation staff can take one man's limp, dull Super Lemon Haze genetics and turn it into a chunky, dense heavyweight fit for a king. The brand has provided its buds wholesale to dozens of dispensaries around the state, but to get the best deals and whiffs of Black Mamba, Bubblegum Jack and Hazelnut Cream, you have to go to the source. Refusing to subscribe to the indica-sativa rhetoric, Verde is more interested in the specific flavors and effects consumers are looking for, making the educated user feel right at home.

Readers' Choice: Lightshade

Best Dispensary for a Newcomer
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This isn't meant as praise for the Clinic's accessibility or retail experience — though both are excellent — but as a tribute to its ability to operate numerous locations while maintaining some of the best genetics and buds in Denver. Each of the chain's four Mile High stores carry a competitive mix of flower and infused products, but the shop's legendary cuts of strains like Sour Diesel, Kosher Kush, Toxic Kool Aid and Strawberry Banana, as well as the Clinic's decision to bring in more wholesale growers, have created one of Denver's best selections of rare and stalwart cannabis products. Pair that with a knowledgeable staff with grassroots experience in Colorado's pot scene, and you've got one helluva welcome center.

Readers' Choice: Diego Pellicer

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