The 15 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Denver
Welcome to Denver—ground zero of the green rush. At the end of the first year of recreational cannabis sales in 2014, there were 147 licensed retail stores in Colorado. Cut to five years later and it’s hard to imagine that cannabis was once illegal here, with 529 licensed retail stores in the state (as of May 2018). The majority of our picks are the OGs of Denver’s medical marijuana dispensary scene, first opening their doors in 2009, and since expanding their cannabis offerings for patients and recreational consumers alike.
For visiting cannabis enthusiasts, a dispensary is always on the itinerary, but with an overwhelming number of options, it’s hard to know where to even start. And for all canna-curious newbies, finding a shop that employs a staff with expert-level knowledge is essential in navigating ever-growing menus of flower, edibles, topicals, concentrates, and accessories. Here are the 15 best recreational marijuana dispensaries in Denver that’ll make your time in the Mile High City even higher.
Courtesy of Cannabis Station
“Fill up on Diesel” at this funky former gas station turned downtown dispensary.
Located in the heart of downtown Denver in a former gas station adorned with graffiti art, it’s the perfect pitstop before catching a Rockies game at Coors Field or a night out on the town. Owned under the Rocky Mountain High umbrella with seven locations across the state, its flower is award-winning. In fact, they just took home a 2nd place trophy for “Best Colorado Sativa Flower” at the High Times U.S. Cannabis Cup in Denver.
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Colorado Harvest Company
With a pair of industry bigwigs behind it all, the power of its flower speaks for itself.
Cannabiz pioneers, Tim Cullen and Ralph Morgan, founded Colorado Harvest Company (formerly Evergreen Apothecary) in 2009, now holding 36 state and local licenses in Colorado. They also happen to be the brains behind the best-selling vaporizer brand, O.penVAPE and the nation’s largest organic hash oil production company, OrganaLabs. Inside any one of their three Denver area retail stores, you’ll find a minimum of 20 freshly harvested strains on shelf that are organically cultivated in three innovative facilities totaling 55,000 square-feet. Customers praise the always-friendly staff and the expert-level of knowledge they drop from behind the corrugated metal bud bar. The Yale location is worth the trip from downtown, where you can step inside their own branded Volkswagen “magic bus” for a selfie.
A sleek, high-style space is matched with high-quality flower.
Diego Pellicer leans on luxury for the consumer experience with affordable pricing for premium products. Its concierge-style level of service from its staff of “marijuana sommeliers” stands out and earned employee Gladys Solis the honor of “2017 Budtender of the Year” at the 7th Annual Cannabis Business Awards. The boutique, which has an equally as beautiful second location in Seattle, also took home trophies for Executive of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Retail Store of the Year.
Courtesy of Good Chemistry
Responsibly cultivated cannabis that’s broken down for shoppers into “effect categories” (Amplify, Relax, Relieve or Sleep)
Its 3,600-square-foot flagship store opened on Colfax Avenue as one of Denver’s first higher-designed, state-of-the-art dispensaries. Since then, two more locations (Aurora and South Broadway) have opened and the company’s signature color-coded “effect categories” of recommended uses ( Amplify, Relax, Relieve or Sleep) guide customers toward an experiential-focused product selection process steered by a knowledgeable staff. More than 60 strains of flower, extracts and concentrates are cultivated under the Good Chemistry Nurseries umbrella, whose products are also available in select Nevada retailers. Founded in the spirit of “making life better” for those in need, Good Chemistry is also committed to giving back, officially supporting ONE Colorado, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Denver Police Brotherhood, Comitis Crisis Center of Aurora, the Harm Reduction Action Center, the Aurora Police Association and more.
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Homegrown in the High Rockies since 2009 with 12 Colorado-proud locations.
With a state-of-the-art grow facility at its Glenwood Springs-based headquarters (and a second in Denver), Green Dragon produces premium flower for its 12 Colorado locations the state. A selection of Green Dragon exclusive strains, which come in precise, plastic sealed to-go packs (making transactions faster than most dispensaries) line the wall behind the counter cases where you can also find a deep collection of Colorado’s leading edible, concentrate, and topical brands. Locals and tourists alike keep coming back for competitive prices and freebies from its loyalty VIP program. Beyond the Denver metro area locations, you can also follow the Green Dragon to ski country and stock up at outposts in Aspen, Breckenridge and Telluride before shredding the gnar.
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The Green Solution
This ever-expanding chain sets the customer service standard with concierge-level attention to shop through an extensive product selection.
Although it’s family owned-and-operated by Colorado natives, The Green Solution (TSG) has grown into one of Colorado’s largest dispensary chains with 16 locations in the state. Their award-winning (the current tally is at 70 and counting), premium flower is available in six tiers: Private Stock (competition-grade), Feature (particularly phenomenal harvests), Top Shelf (the perfect balance of quality and price), Store Special (high quality flower for limited time discounted price), Value (smaller buds) and Ground (residuals from trimming that are ready to roll). At its 20,000 square-foot facility in Denver, TSG also produces a signature line of concentrates, Nectar Bee. Traveling west on I-70 when in town? Be sure to exit at Silver Plume for a stop in TSG’s official outlet store where everything, yes everything, is deeply discounted.
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Committed to improving the Colfax Avenue community through cannabis.
With a vision to create a neighborhood resource focused on responsible cannabis use and its medicinal benefits, the GroundSwell team has deep roots in the community—both living in the area and producing large-scale events for the Bluebird District for the past ten years. Dedicated to providing clean cannabis products from its own offsite organic cultivation facility, its boutique space offers a tranquil respite from “the longest, wickedest street in America.”
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The Herbal Cure
When T.H.C. are the initials, it has to be on point.
This log cabin-esque depot has a “Cannaboose” on the property—in the form of a 1927 train car the owners inherited when they purchased it in 2010. The cool factor continues to the back of the building, which rotates with commissioned, custom graffiti murals by local artists. Inside, you’ll find exotic strains—only $20 an eighth all day, every day. “The Cure Crew” is a tight-knit team, and they shine when it comes to their customers.
Courtesy of Kind Love
A medically focused staff shares knowledge for all cannabis consumers.
Led by a team of longtime industry experts, Kind Love has a large selection of the highest profile product portfolios on the market across all categories. For a try at growing your own, grab a seedling from the Clone Bar—a rare offering in Denver’s dispensaries. Customers love the “Kind Club Loyalty Program” where members earn points for rewards good for everything in the store. Bonus: they’re open later than most other dispensaries, until 11:45 p.m. (seven days a week) to accommodate busy schedules or wild weekends.
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The first and only adult use indoor grow in Colorado to achieve Clean Green Certification—an initiative modeled after the USDA National Organic Program.
With a long list of awards and accolades, L’Eagle Services has set the standard in organic cultivation practices since its opening in 2010 in an industrial park near downtown. Its stellar budtender staff runs the recreational retail space on-site making its flower and in-house cured concentrates among the freshest you’ll find in town (or anywhere). Co-owner Amy Andrle is a founding member of the Cannabis Certification Council, a Denver-based non-profit that independently certifies cannabis products as “Organically Grown and Fairly Produced.” You can find hard-to-find-clones here, too.
Courtesy of LivWell Enlightened Health
Run by a team of scientists, farmers and experts, this chain is committed to quality and powered by an unwavering passion for the plant.
Education, responsibility, and enlightenment are the ethos of LivWell, a family owned chain of clean, bright boutiques. Founded in 2009 “with one little clone and one very big dream,” LivWell has grown to seven stores in the Denver metro area with a total of 14 statewide (including one more in Springfield, OR). In addition to stocking their own lines of award-winning flower and specialty label concentrates, edibles and topicals, LivWell is also choice among celebrity-backed brands like Leafs by Snoop and Willie’s Reserve. Their dedication to elevating the industry goes beyond the dispensary, too, through philanthropic arm, LivWell Cares, which works with a host of organizations where it operates to raise funds and cultivate community.
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A celeb musician favorite, it’s usually the first stop on a Denver tour stop.
What began as a medical dispensary on the 16th Street Mall in 2013, Native Roots’ signature black and white pop-art graphics mark the spot at each and every one of its 20 shops across the state (and counting). Now considered one of the largest chains of marijuana shops in the US, its crew of homegrown owners have blazed a trail for the entire industry. Modern, bright displays showcase signature strains, concentrates, and the pioneers in the product space from Mary’s Medicinals and Apothecanna, to Sweet Grass Kitchen, to marQaha. And picking up a pack of Native Roots Shorties (five mini joints) for party favors is a must.
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A.K.A. “Natty Rems”—a four-time High Times Cannabis Cup winner.
Family-owned-and-operated, Natural Remedies opened in 2009 as one of Denver’s first 20 medicinal cannabis dispensaries, its loyal customers continue to hit “Natty Rems” for its award-winning flower and in-house concentrates line of CRx, cultivated by hand in two offsite warehouses totaling over 30,000 square feet. In the downtown shop, you’ll find a smart staff behind the curated counters filled with edibles, topicals, accessories, and CBD products along with more than 20 strain varieties on rotation. Pro tip for picks: Gorilla Glue (hybrid), Bob Saget (sativa), and Natty Rems OG (indica).
Courtesy of Sacred Seed
This mom-and-pop shop is beloved for its hand-cultivated landrace strains.
A collection of some of the most exclusive cannabis in the country, Sacred Seed more than merits its name offering true landrace strains, all of which are procured from seed—not unreliable clone stock. With a focus on elevating wellness, the self-proclaimed “mom and pop shop” cultivates its grow operation by hand and infuses its own line of waxes, shatter, crumble, and oils under the label of Sacred Seed Pharms. The college coeds in the neighborhood head here for its spirited staff, competitively priced menu, and monthly discount specials.
Courtesy of Simply Pure
Pot, politics, and food is what they do at this forward-thinking cannabis company.
Opening the first black-owned dispensary in Denver, entrepreneurs Wanda James and Scott Durrah are also military Veterans, so extensive education and advocacy is at the forefront of Simply Pure. As one of High Times 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis last year, James, in partnership with her husband Durrah, are paving the way in a movement that extends way beyond their elevated retail experience. Among their multiple business endeavors in the industry over the years, they got an early industry start in 2009 as hosts of “Creative Cooking with Cannabis“ to sold-out audiences in the Denver area (long before canna-chefs were a thing) and are rolling out a new schedule come summer.
5 Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Colorado
One of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, Colorado sits at the forefront of cannabis rights and weed legalization. Already topping $1 billion in cannabis sales during 2016, this mountain covered state has always served as an example of what weed legalization can do to a state’s economy and population. Filled with amazing ganja and mind-blowing dispensaries, discover the most fascinating locations:
Colorado’s 5 Best Marijuana Dispensaries:
1. Medicine Man-Aurora: 1901 S. Havana St, Aurora, CO.
Medicine Man located in Aurora, Colorado provides both recreational and medical marijuana services to 420-lovers throughout the CO area and those who are visiting from other states or abroad. Aside from presenting only the finest quality marijuana, Medicine Man’s top priority is their patients, they care about them more than anything. Offering the finest edibles, topicals, concentrates and flower, whatever your heart desires, MM can provide you with. A family run business, this dispensary has grown its success from the roots up, keeping the product as well as the patient in mind at all times.
- 2 convenient locations: Denver and Aurora
- Special deals on ganja 7 days a week
- Hundreds of various top-grade strains to choose from
- A convenient online menu that lets you know what is offered before purchasing
- Mondays: Buy 1 edible, get one 50% off
- Tuesdays: Any top shelf Ounce for only $130
- Wednesdays: $45 Quarters for all top shelf flower
- Thursdays: $25 Eighths of flower
- Fridays: $35 top shelf Eighths
- Saturdays: $45 grams of Shatters, or 2 grams for $60
- Sundays: $35 private stock Eighths of flower
Not many cannabis shops make the buying experience as personalized and special as Medicine Man does. This boutique style dispensary truly focuses in on the patient’s needs, making it convenient to receive your medicine. Their online menu is incredibly detailed, even providing pictures of what your product will look like. Plus, in case you are nervous about walking into their dispensary, you can take a virtual tour, so you can see just how welcoming and friendly the place really is.
2. Infinite Wellness Center: 900 N. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO.
Offering the largest selections of flower, concentrates and edibles in Northern Colorado, Infinite Wellness Center provides patients with the most competitive pricing that they could possibly discover in the area. Featuring a convenient and spacious parking lot, incredibly knowledgable and friendly budtenders and staff, marijuana consultants who can assist you with any questions, 13 registers to get you in and out fast and a massive selection with added in daily specials, there’s really nothing to not love about this top of the line recreational shop and medical cannabis dispensary.
- Incredible recreational VIP loyalty program
- Rated within the top 10 Dispensaries in CO on Leafly for an entire year
- Separation of medical from recreational, providing specific sites and services for both categories
- Accept Credit/Debit cards, not a cash only store
- $160 Ounce of shake
- Flux by Infinite Concentrates, buy 2 and get 1 for $1
- 4 IWC oil syringes for $50
Finally, a dispensary that doesn’t accept only cash and then make you pay insane ATM fees in-store. Infinite Wellness Center is just overall convenient. Located in Fort Collins Colorado, IWC outstandingly services all its 420-loving patients in Northern Colorado, providing them with the most competitive prices they could discover in the area. This has to be one of our favorite dispensaries in Northern CO.
3. The Joint-Denver: 4735 W. 38th Ave, Denver, CO.
The Joint in Denver offers a massive selection of edibles, bud, cannabis-infused products and accessories to individuals all over the Colorado area. Featuring some of the lowest prices in CO, many committed patients are sworn to only receive their top quality ganja from The Joint. Offering mind-blowing daily deals, caring and educated budtenders and even some unique and unlikely strains to try out, this location is seen as one of Colorado’s premiere dispensaries, even having been rated #1 in CO by Leafly themselves.
- Serving both recreational (21+) and medical patients
- Known as Denver’s premiere cannabis dispensary!
- Signature strain offered; known as Voodoo
- Convenient location within Denver’s Highlands neighborhood
- One of the cheapest priced dispensaries in Colorado
- Medical only, $99 top shelf Ounce
- $40 top shelf Fourth
We truly haven’t discovered any cheaper prices in Colorado, plus we give this dispensary mad brownie points for its clever and punny name. The Joint is constantly running discounts and daily deals, it seems like every time anyone is in the shop, they get a massive discount on some of the dankest weed in CO. Be sure to try their Voodoo, it’s a rich sativa that gives you a really pure and earthy high.
4. Lightshade-Iliff: 16821 E. Iliff Avenue, Aurora, CO.
Taking its roots in Denver in 2011, Lightshade has grown greatly since that time, expanding into 6 locations conveniently located across Denver, some specialized to servicing recreational customers, some to medical patients and some to both. Known for their top quality cannabis genetics, Lightshade operates their own state-of-the-art growing facilities, where they cultivate some of their insanely potent and pure marijuana, which are then sent to labs and professionally tested for accurate THC levels. Coming back with the results of some of the highest THC levels of any strains in Colorado, it’s a no-brainer why cannabis connoisseurs and first-time ganja users all fall in love with this caring and reputable home-grown style dispensary.
- This location serves only recreational patients (21+)
- 6 convenient locations across Denver
- Farm-to-shelf style dispensary, with some of the best cannabis genetics in Colorado
Most dispensaries don’t actually grow anything themselves, especially not marijuana that is lab tested with such ridiculously high levels of THC. It’s nice to still see a farm to table style operation, where not only do they know where their product is coming from, they ARE where their product is coming from. The staff and storefront of the Iliff location are especially pleasant, and it’s great in many ways that this location only tailors to recreational patients, because it keeps the service more focused on the customers.
5. Botanico: 3054 Larimer St, Denver, CO.
With constant exclusive sales being offered to patients, Botanico is dedicated to serving the customers that have been so loyal to them. With an immense menu that is constantly changing, this dispensary’s organized website offers a page for the daily strains available, letting you know what’s there and what’s not. Additionally, their menu isn’t just built up of the typical strains you would expect at some weed shop, they involve unique and sativa or indica dominant flowers into their mix, so you can try something you never have before. With a friendly staff and a passion for caring service, Botanico has gained massive popularity in Denver as a leading green medicine provider.
- Recreational only dispensary (21+)
- Massive daily menu, constantly rotating so you can always try something new
- Spend $100 or more and save 10%
- Write a review, receive a %10 discount
- Early Bird Specials: Sunday (10AM-12PM), Monday thru Thursday (9AM-11AM): wax and shatter $25 per gram, Nug Run wax and shatter $30 per gram, live resin $45 per gram
You can tell from the moment you walk into Botanico just how passionate the staff and owners are. Their goal is to keep things local and simple, which is exactly what they do. Offering plenty of unique and strange strains, every time we go for a visit, we’re sure to pick up something odd and delicious.
Next time you are in the Colorado area, find out what this state covered with herb and trees has to offer at one of these fine dispensaries, and smoke yourself the good stuff with competitive prices so you can always afford to enjoy even more.
It’s important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user and discretion should be taken. In addition, please check each dispensary’s menu and deals for the latest updates. Deals tend to change based on inventory.