Medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver: giving old buildings new, high lives

Hundreds of medical marijuana clinics have opened across the metro area -- it's hard to throw rock and miss one. And while some would argue there too many, one benefit has been that once-vacant storefronts and buildings have been given a new lease on life as a pot shop.

Some owners have opted for low-key offices in commercial settings, while others have gone all out -- painting a shade of green on everything possible. We here at Mile Highs and Lows wanted to showcase some of our favorite dispensary storefronts, for better or for worse.

Below are our top picks:

Biocare Collective - Denver

Why not turn your condo unit into a clinic?

Fresh Baked Dispensary - Boulder

Because nothing says fresh ganja like an artificial grass lawn.

Altitude Organic Medicine - Denver

The minimalist trellis over the entryway says small corporate headquarters. The green wall, however, says marijuana is sold here.

Tea Alchemy - Nederland

Quirky purple accent paint, unstained wood paneling, a crooked smoke stack and a carved-wood sign? If there is a dispensary in the land of Harry Potter, I'm guessing it looks something like this.

Apothecary of Colorado - Denver

This one gets a nod for being in a historic building that, at one point in time, was a pipe warehouse. Granted, it was sewer pipes, but that's close enough for slight irony and mild humor.

Colorado Care Facility - Denver

This appreciation for this design is not of building itself, but for their reuse of a vintage Colfax neon sign. I would consider this to be one of the better of the art-deco-meets-Krylon remodels I've seen.

Denver Marijuana Medical Center - Denver

How much for a gallon of Sour Diesel?

Healing House - Denver

The fact that the owners haven't opted for the beyond-cliché coat of green paint on the house alone makes this residence-turned-dispensary stand out.

The Green Depot - Denver

Formerly the home of at least three other dispensaries and a custom motorcycle showroom before that, I was just surprised to see a business actually surviving here.

Little Green Pharmacy - Denver

Didn't think it was possible to make a tacky used car dealership even tackier? Guess again. (Not pictured: the über-sketchy guard dog that patrols the grounds and lives in a lean-to by the Dumpster.)

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