As of January 1, when recreational marijuana sales officially began, the City of Denver had licensed eighteen shops. The numbers have grown steadily since then. By our January 21 update, fifteen more shops had gotten the city's blessing, and in the couple of weeks since then, another four have won approval, bringing the current total to 37. They're listed here in the order of licensing, along with photos, videos, links and excerpts from those critiqued by Westword marijuana reviewer William Breathes. Count them down below. Number 37: Colorado Care Facility Inc.
5130 Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80220
An excerpt from William Breathes's March 2012 review: "The shop is small, with glass, aluminum and wooden cabinets forming an L-shaped countertop that takes up most of the bud bar. It's a clean space, well-lit and relaxing, with small stools for patients to pull up while taking a look at the buds. The center maintains a simple, mom and pop-ish feel."
Number 36: The Kind Room
1881 South Broadway Denver, CO 80210
An excerpt from William Breathes's November 2011 review: "The MMC wasn't fancy, but it wasn't sketchy or thrown together-feeling, either. Just clean, simple furniture and a flat, basic gray paint job. To the left when I walked in was a cream-colored massage chair like you sit in at the mall for ten minutes but never would actually consider purchasing unless you were really, really baked. Yeah, these guys bought one. (Talk about undercover stoners.) Also on hand was a dining-room table with chairs set up in another corner and out-of-place yet appropriately funky mirrored panels in part of the lobby ceiling."
Number 35: Discount Medical Marijuana
970 North Lincoln Street Denver, CO 80203
2042 Arapahoe Street Denver, CO 80205
Continue to keep counting down the 37 recreational marijuana shops licensed by the City of Denver so far. Number 33: Colorado Alternative Medicine (CAM)
2394 South Broadway Denver, CO 80210
An excerpt from William Breathes's September 2012 review: "For years, Colorado Alternative Medicine has been known as the place to pick up some of the state's best-grown meds. By December 2010, when I first visited the tiny South Broadway duplex, even growers were known to shop there between harvests. And based on my latest visit, little has changed."
Number 32: Pink House Mile High
2008 North Federal Boulevard Denver, CO 80211
An excerpt from Wax Jones's July 2013 post "Marijuana trimming isn't just an illegal trade anymore:" "When you first walk in to Megatron, the nickname for Pink House's grow facility, the beautiful scent of sativas and indicas can be a bit overwhelming. There are hundreds of small plants perched beneath flourescent lights throughout the hallways and thousands of plants spread out between four different rooms. Every day, the grow house goes through the same repetitive schedule: shuffle hundreds of plants from vegetative rooms to flowering rooms, water and fertilize plants, prune and check flowering rooms, harvest what is ready and send things to the trimmers."
Number 31: Walking Raven
2001 Sout Broadway Denver, CO 80210
An excerpt from William Breathes's November 2011 review: "Walking Raven has the distinction of being the first place I reviewed for Westword. After my last visit, I wrote that "Walking Raven feels like that hippie [sic] kid's hangout in high school." Now, two years later, the place feels like that high-school hippy has moved on and is now in his first post-dorm house at a pot-friendly liberal arts college in Vermont."
Continue to count down the 37 recreational marijuana stores licensed by the City of Denver so far. Number 30: Patients Choice on Morrison Road
4000 Morrison Road Denver, CO 80219
To visit the Patients Choice on Morrison Road Facebook page, click here.
Number 29: Herb's Nest
3900 East 48th Avenue Denver, CO 80216
To visit the Herb's Nest Facebook page, click here.
Number 28: Wellspring Collective
1724 South Broadway Denver, CO 80210
An excerpt from William Breathes's April 2010 review: "Some dispensaries along South Broadway seem to pride themselves on standing out among the antique stores and clothing shops. Wellspring Collective has taken the opposite approach and blends in with the rest of the businesses. Even with competition around almost every corner, owner Morgan Carr thinks the location is a perfect fit for the dispensary. A vocal proponent of the dispensary model, Carr has hosted numerous Denver City Council members and state legislators at his store. 'At the end of the day, I want them to see a shop that is doing it right,' he said over the phone."
Number 27: Sacred Seed
5885 East Evans Avenue Denver, CO 80222
To visit the Sacred Seed website, click here.
Number 26:Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hill
1301 North Marion Street Denver, CO 80218
To visit the Alternative Medicine on Capitol Hill website, click here.
Number 25: The Sanctuary
5110 North Race Street Denver, CO 80216
The Sanctuary is a Strainwise center. To visit the Strainwise website, click here.
Continue to count down the 37 recreational marijuana stores licensed by the City of Denver so far. Number 24: Starbuds
4690 North Brighton Boulevard Denver, CO 80216
To visit the Starbuds Facebook page, click here.
Number 23: Good Chemistry
330 East Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80203
An excerpt from William Breathes's January 2014 review: "We first reviewed Good Chemistry nearly three years ago, in March 2011, and not much has changed since then at the thin, narrow Colfax storefront with the frosted glass and New York-style retractable metal security gate hanging above the entrance and huge front window. The tiny reception area/waiting room is a little bit more weathered, and there's a new, pretty awesome oil painting of a Cthulhu-esque octopus creature that the owners managed to match up with the red vintage theater seats they've had since day one."
Number 22: Colorado Harvest Company
1178 Sout Kalamath Street Denver, CO 80223
An excerpt from William Breathes's December 2013 review: "Other than the skunky odor wafting around the sidewalk out front, the green awning at Colorado Harvest is the only real indication that the tan building is a grow facility and dispensary. The rest of the block is equally nondescript and industrial: An auto salvage yard sits across the street, and the shop is flanked by the Talking Book warehouse on one side and a gas/fire-extinguisher-tank fabrication shop on the other. There's little drive-by traffic, let alone foot traffic, which is nice if you're still looking to be discreet about where you go for your pot."
Number 21: Timberline Herbal Clinic & Wellness
3995 East 50th Avenue Denver, CO 80216
An excerpt from William Breathes's February 2012 review: "There's no fancy decor inside. The clinic feels like the prefabbed office for a construction site, with a few hand-me-down leather office chairs lined up around paneled walls, gray utilitarian carpet and a coffee table just big enough to hold a stack of magazines. Not grimy or anything like that, just well-used. A few pot posters and framed photographs hang on the walls, and a TV was on the early news, giving the space a casual, kick-your-feet-up living-room vibe."
Number 20: Mile High Therapeutic/Altitude
1568 South Federal Boulevard Denver, CO 80219
Number 19: Altitude Organic Medicine
6858 East Evans Avenue Denver, CO 80224
To visit the Altitude Organic Medicine Facebook page, click here.
Continue to count down the 37 recreational marijuana stores licensed by the City of Denver so far. Number 18: The Clinic Colorado
3888 East Mexico Avenue Denver, CO 80210
To visit The Clinic Colorado Facebook page, click here.
Number 17: Mile High Medical Cannabis
1705 Federal Boulevard Denver, CO 80204
An excerpt from our January 17 post headlined "Patriots fans in Denver for game scoring plenty of legal pot:" "No matter how the AFC Championship game between Denver and New England turns out, the Broncos playoff run will turn out well for Justin Staley. Why? Staley's an owner of Mile High Medical Cannabis, whose location, at 1705 Federal Boulevard, is only steps away from Mile High Stadium. Last week, plenty of San Diego Chargers fans in town for their match-up stopped by the shop to take advantage of legal recreational pot sales -- something that presumably helped them deal with a 24-17 loss -- and visiting Patriots boosters are following suit."
Number 16: Denco Alternative Medicine
3460 Park Ave West Denver, CO 80216
To visit the Denco Alternative Medicine Facebook page, click here.
Number 15: The Health Center
1736 North Downing Street Denver, CO 80218
An excerpt from William Breathes's July 2012 review: "Inside, what was either a mud room or the kitchen has been turned into the small patient intake area. There's really not much to the space other than the purple walls and window into the receptionist area, but take a second to check out the old pictures of the building hanging in a frame on the wall near the door. At one time, it looked more like a crack house than the oversized dollhouse it resembles today."
Number 14: 3D Cannabis Center/3D
4305 North Brighton Boulevard Denver, CO 80216
An excerpt from William Breathes's August 2011 review: "Denver's Discreet Dispensary is anything but discreet. Though the huge, old, brown-brick industrial building it occupies off Brighton Boulevard does blend in with the warehouses, auto body shops and junkyards that surround it, the huge green crosses on the front and the smell of skunk in the air from the grow-room vents are a dead giveaway as to what is going on inside."
Number 13: Kindman 4125 North Elati Street Denver, CO 80216
An excerpt from William Breathes's March 2013 review: "Something kept me there: It's a tossup as to whether it was the skunky smell or the fact that I didn't have time to go anywhere else this week. Either way, I sat around in the county-jail-waiting-room-like entryway until the extremely bubbly and friendly woman behind the tinted glass security window buzzed the door open and told me to go on back."
Continue to count down the 37 recreational marijuana stores licensed by the City of Denver so far. Number 12: CitiMed
1640 East Evans Avenue Denver, CO 80210
An excerpt from William Breathes's October 2012 review: "The location means the store is likely to get a lot of student walk-in traffic. At least that's the impression I got after seeing the DU swag hung up on the waiting room walls -- plus I went there a few times when I was in grad school and needed a gram or two for the evening. I never found anything amazing, but neither did I ever walk out empty-handed."
Number 11: The Healing House Denver
2383 South Downing Street Denver, CO 80210
Click to visit The Healing House Denver Facebook page.
Number 10: The Green Solution
4400 Grape Street Denver, CO 80216
To visit The Green Solution website, click here.
Number 9: The Green Solution
2601 West Alameda Avenue Denver, CO 80219
To visit The Green Solution website, click here.
Number 8: Denver Kush Club
2615 Welton Street Denver, CO 80205
An excerpt from William Breathes's April 2102 review: "It's probably not a place for your hip-hop-hating dad with a red card, but it feels perfectly at home in the heart of a diverse neighborhood populated by everyone from black families who have been in the area for generations to hippies and, lately, twenty-something hipsters and musicians."
Number 7: Evergreen Apothecary
1568 South Broadway Denver, CO 80210
An excerpt from William Breathes's July 2012 review: "The bud-bar room is much smaller in comparison to the rest of the shop. Hip-high glass counters with edibles, concentrates and more glass pipes surround you. Bud is kept in large jars on green bookcases behind the counters, with different shelves denoting the various price ranges. The jars also are color-coded for price, but I found it easier to just ask how much each strain was selling for as I looked at it."
Continue to count down the 37 recreational marijuana stores licensed by the City of Denver so far. Number 6: Medicine Man Denver
4750 North Nome Street Denver, CO 80239
An excerpt from William Breathes's May 2012 review: "The shop is located north of I-70 in a warehouse district of Montbello -- about as far northeast as you can go in town and still find a medical marijuana shop. The center is nice, though, with large old trees on the lawns of nearby industrial buildings. Aside from the green "Medicine Man" sign out front, and the neon green cross in the barred front windows, it's not a very obvious dispensary site."
Number 5: Lodo Wellness Center
1617 Wazee Street Denver, CO 80202
An excerpt from William Breathes's October 2013 review: "The dispensary is down a steep flight of stairs from the sidewalk to the basement of the building. The dispensary takes up the entire floor, tucking patient lounges in between massive structural columns and pushing couches up against the massive painted bricks used for the foundation of the former paper mill. Much like Boulder Wellness in Boulder, the shop has gone for an Eastern Buddhist/Zen theme with low painted chairs, squatting Buddha statues and colorful framed posters with vaguely Hindu symbols. There was also a huge, seven-foot-tall antique-looking ceramic vase painted with what looked like a life-sized crane. In my head, I could see a massive cannabis tree fitting in perfectly."
Number 4: DANK Colorado
3835 North Elm Street Denver, CO 80207
An excerpt from William Breathes's July 2012 review: "DANK is basically a 400 square-foot green box with a matching leather couch and chairs set up in one corner as a lounge, and a cutout window in the opposite wall that opens into the employee-only bud room. Small, hinge-top sample jars with a few buds each are kept out on display on the counter. To the left of the bud counter is a small glass case filled with inexpensive pipes, papers and assorted marijuana ephemera."
Number 3: The Shelter
4095 North Jackson Street Denver, CO 80216
The Shelter is a Strainwise center. To visit the Strainwise website, click here.
Number 2: The Haven
777 North Canosa Court Denver, CO 80204
The Haven is also Strainwise shop. To visit the Strainwise website, click here.
Number 1: The Grove
74 Federal Boulevard Denver, CO 80219
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