Denver’s 15 Best Dispensaries (2022)

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.

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Cannabis Station
LoDo
“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
Multiple Locations
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.

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Diego Pellicer
Valverde
A sleek, high-style space is matched with high-quality flower.

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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.

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Good Chemistry
Multiple locations
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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Green Dragon
Multiple Locations
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
Multiple Locations
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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GroundSwell
City Park
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
Washington Park
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.

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Kind Love
Glendale
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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L’Eagle Services
Santa Fe
The first and only adult use indoor grow in Colorado to achieve Clean Green Certification—an initiative modeled after the USDA National Organic Program.

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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.

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LivWell Enlightened Health

Multiple Locations

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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Native Roots
Multiple Locations
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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Natural Remedies
LoDo
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).

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Sacred Seed
University (DU)
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.

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Simply Pure
LoHi
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.

FAQs

What part of Colorado has the best dispensaries? ›

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17 May 2022

What part of Denver has the most dispensaries? ›

According to data from the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, and to the shock of few, Broadway has the most dispensary licenses of any street in Denver. Colfax Avenue and Federal Boulevard aren't far behind, though. Together they account for about 25 percent of the stores in the city.

Can you go to the same dispensary twice in one day in Colorado? ›

Q: Can I make multiple purchases on the same day? A: Yes. The only cap on how much you can buy is the legal possession limit: No one who is not a medical-marijuana patient can possess more than an ounce of marijuana at a time. But that's up to the customer to abide by.

What dispensaries sell the most? ›

Flower still holds the power

Flower is still overwhelmingly the best-selling product category in dispensaries, across all states.

What is the strongest strain in Colorado? ›

Ghost Train Haze

This sativa strain has a high THC content, which explains the powerful high that users experience.

Can I go to multiple dispensaries Colorado? ›

You may also make multiple purchases from different marijuana dispensaries, as long as you stay under the daily limit. A marijuana dispensary is liable for the marijuana it sells.

What city in Colorado has the most recreational dispensaries? ›

With seven pot shops in town and an eighth on the way, Aspen has the highest density of dispensaries of any city in the state, cementing its position as a global cannabis capital.

How much does a Budtender in Denver make? ›

How much does a Budtender make in California? The average Budtender salary in California is $41,314 as of August 29, 2022, but the range typically falls between $36,818 and $46,093.

How many ounces can you buy at a dispensary in Colorado? ›

Limits to buying: Buy retail marijuana only from licensed retail stores. Adults over the age of 21 can buy and possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana at a time.

Why do they scan IDs at dispensaries? ›

Why Do Dispensaries Scan ID in California? In order to ensure they are following local and state laws, California dispensaries need to scan IDs to verify age. This also allows them to track their guests to ensure they are not purchasing more marijuana than is legally allowed.

Can you smoke anywhere in Colorado? ›

It's illegal to use, or even bring, marijuana onto federal lands because it's only legal at the state level. Public, outdoor places: Colorado laws prevent consumption in outdoor public spaces, like parks, streets and even balconies. Lighting up, especially, in public may result in a ticket, so just avoid the hassle.

What states have the best dispensaries? ›

Our methodology
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CaliforniaNew Ranking: 1 Old Ranking: 1 Change: 0
NevadaNew Ranking: 2 Old Ranking: 2 Change: 0
ColoradoNew Ranking: 3 Old Ranking: 3 Change: 0
MassachusettsNew Ranking: 4 Old Ranking: 4 Change: 0
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Which cannabinoids are most potent? ›

THCP is the most potent cannabinoid currently known, about 30x that of delta 9 THC. It has more carbon atoms in its alkyl side chain, meaning it binds more readily and more tightly to receptors in our endocannabinoid system.

How much do top dispensaries make? ›

Across all states and provinces, dispensaries make $1.2 M to $2M in gross revenue in Canada and $2.1M to $3M in gross revenue in the US. For an average of $2M revenue per year, with at least 12% profit, dispensary owners can take home a minimum gross profit of $240,000.

What is the largest dispensary in the US? ›

Planet 13 Cannabis Dispensary

The company has a retail outlet near the Las Vegas Strip is the largest cannabis dispensary in the world measured by square footage at 40,000. It serves an average of 3,575 customers per day. It is open 24 hours seven days a week.

What city has the most dispensaries in the US? ›

Las Vegas has the most head shops with 2.5 per 100,000 residents.

What state has the most Dispos? ›

Number of cannabis dispensaries in the U.S. as of 2020, by state. Among states with legalized medical marijuana, Colorado had the largest number of dispensaries as of end-2020. The U.S. federal government still prohibits the use of marijuana for any way.

What strain is gangster? ›

Extreme Cream x Larry Bird, This smooth indica is great for the end of the day, light it up and let your stresses fade away and succumb to a relaxed vibe.

Which strain gets you high the longest? ›

Gorilla Glue

This potent strain is known for its cerebral and physical effects that come on quickly and last longer than those of other strains.

How much can you buy at one time at a dispensary in Colorado? ›

Adults 21 and older can purchase up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana, 8 grams of retail marijuana concentrate, or marijuana products containing up to 800 milligrams of THC in a single transaction.

Are all dispensaries in Denver cash only? ›

Can I use credit cards at Colorado dispensaries? Right now, the answer is no, or at least, not yet. Because cannabis is still federally illegal, most credit card companies will not process payments taken by dispensaries. So instead, you can get cash from onsite ATMs or use a debit card.

What is the most popular strain in Colorado? ›

Colorado's favorite fruity strain goes to Banana Kush. It's a renowned strain known for its bright, fruity, and refreshing flavor profile. Because this Indica-dominant hybrid has a welcoming THC content of 20%, it's a very reliable strain that can be smoked back to back without headaches or dizziness.

Are Colorado dispensaries still cash only? ›

Laws have relaxed a bit, you can use a debit card or cash to buy weed in Colorado. Most dispensaries have ATM machines and if you pay with your debit card, it actually looks like an ATM transaction - and you generally have to pay an ATM fee. You cannot use a credit card to buy marijuana in Colorado.

Should you tip a budtender? ›

As budtenders are such a crucial part of the dispensary experience, they deserve to be rewarded for their time and effort. If you're satisfied with what your budtender has done then it's definitely polite to tip them. The counter of most dispensaries is full of tip jars.

How much do master growers make in Colorado? ›

How much does a Master Grower make in Colorado? As of Sep 18, 2022, the average annual pay for a Master Grower in Colorado is $70,331 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $33.81 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,352/week or $5,860/month.

Where do Budtenders make the most money? ›

Highest paying cities for Marijuana Budtenders near United States
  • Seattle, WA. $16.56 per hour. 48 salaries reported.
  • Los Angeles, CA. $16.53 per hour. 66 salaries reported.
  • Denver, CO. $16.01 per hour. 334 salaries reported.
  • Portland, OR. $15.42 per hour. 196 salaries reported.
  • Spokane, WA. $15.34 per hour. ...
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13 Sept 2022

How much Bud can you buy a day in Colorado? ›

Adults in Colorado can purchase up to 28 grams (one ounce) of cannabis per day. The one-ounce limit also applies to possession– that's the most you can have at one time.

What pulls up when you scan an ID? ›

While some people may think drivers license scanners just scan to ensure it's a real ID or verify their age, it actually pulls up all of the information stored on the card. This information may include the person's address, date of birth, height, eye color, and sometimes even Social Security number.

Do dispensaries share information with the government Reddit? ›

Summary. The short answer to the question of whether or not recreational dispensaries are sharing your information with the government is: no.

Do they scan fake IDs? ›

Counterfeit IDs sold through the most popular online platforms will all return as valid when scanned. The majority of ID scanners used today rely solely on these tests alone, most fake IDs in circulation are passing as true when scanned.

What city in Colorado has the most recreational dispensaries? ›

With seven pot shops in town and an eighth on the way, Aspen has the highest density of dispensaries of any city in the state, cementing its position as a global cannabis capital.

What cities in Colorado have the most dispensaries? ›

Within Colorado, Pueblo had the highest rate of dispensaries, at 16.6 per 50,000 residents. Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs all ranked in the top 15 cities nationwide.

What states have the best dispensaries? ›

Our methodology
StateRankings
CaliforniaNew Ranking: 1 Old Ranking: 1 Change: 0
NevadaNew Ranking: 2 Old Ranking: 2 Change: 0
ColoradoNew Ranking: 3 Old Ranking: 3 Change: 0
MassachusettsNew Ranking: 4 Old Ranking: 4 Change: 0
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3 Sept 2021

How much does an ounce cost at a dispensary in Colorado? ›

Colorado marijuana prices vary by city, strain, season, supply and other variables, but overall you can expect to pay an average of $12 per gram and $167 per ounce.

Can I go to multiple dispensaries Colorado? ›

You may also make multiple purchases from different marijuana dispensaries, as long as you stay under the daily limit. A marijuana dispensary is liable for the marijuana it sells.

Are all dispensaries in Denver cash only? ›

Can I use credit cards at Colorado dispensaries? Right now, the answer is no, or at least, not yet. Because cannabis is still federally illegal, most credit card companies will not process payments taken by dispensaries. So instead, you can get cash from onsite ATMs or use a debit card.

What is the dispensary limit in Colorado? ›

Adults 21 and older can purchase up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana, 8 grams of retail marijuana concentrate, or marijuana products containing up to 800 milligrams of THC in a single transaction. A single transaction includes multiple sales to the same customer during a single business day.

How much does a Budtender in Denver make? ›

How much does a Budtender make in California? The average Budtender salary in California is $41,314 as of August 29, 2022, but the range typically falls between $36,818 and $46,093.

What Colorado cities do not allow dispensaries? ›

You might know Colorado for pushing boundaries and leading the cannabis industry. However, there are still numerous places within the state where no dispensaries exist.
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Where Is It Illegal to Purchase Marijuana in Colorado?
  • Bent.
  • Cheyenne.
  • Crowley.
  • Custer.
  • Delta.
  • Dolores.
  • Douglas.
  • Gunnison.
17 Mar 2021

Can you buy more than an ounce in Denver? ›

An adult with a valid ID can purchase up to one ounce of marijuana. Keep in mind that all marijuana is not flower, and the 1-ounce restriction applies to flower marijuana only. Colorado considers 1 oz of flower to be the equivalent of 8 grams of concentrate (shatter, wax, etc.), or 800 milligrams of edibles.

Where do the most stoners live? ›

For some people, a big part of that is smoking marijuana.
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Here is the top 20 based on their findings:
  • Denver, CO.
  • Los Angeles, CA.
  • San Francisco, CA.
  • Fullerton, CA.
  • Garden Grove, CA.
  • Glendale, CA.
  • Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Boston, MA.
15 Apr 2021

How much is an 1/8th in Colorado? ›

What Is The Average Price Of An 1/8th In Colorado? We estimated based on available data from the state of Colorado the average price per 1/8th would be between $20 and $30 dollars.

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