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Spring 2012: MMJ centers


Acme Smoke

Strains: 20

Central: 1202 E. Fillmore St., 219-5766, acmesmoke.com

Top strain: Blue Dream

Top edible: Fat Daddy's

If you miss Acme's location next to Yakibob's and Conway's Red Top, look for its huge sign, where you'll find the usual suspects offered. And clones? Acme's got 15 kinds of clones. "They're Blue Dream clones, and they're huge and unbelievable," says manager Jocelyn (last name withheld).

Advance Cure for Vera Bestura

Strains: 25 to 30

Old Colorado City: 2755 Ore Mill Road, #13,505-8288, verabestura.com

Top strain: Carnival

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Advance Cure for Vera Bestura offers organic medicine, as well as edibles, tinctures, rubs and accessories.

All Saints Medical

Strains: 20

Central: 2101 E. Platte Ave., 634-8381

Top strain: Bruce Banner

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Located across from the Black Sheep on East Platte Avenue, ASM offers a small assortment of edibles, as well as an extremely discounted quarter-ounce of marijuana when a patient signs up. Members and non-, alike, can purchase eighths for around $35, and ounces for $200 to $220.

Alternative Medicine Colorado Springs

Strains: 24

OCC: 2606 W. Colorado Ave., 358-6955

Top strain: Godfather OG Kush

Top edible: The Growing Kitchen

Expect to find glassware and accessories, as well as hash, edibles and tinctures. Grams start at $7, and eighths at $25; also find discounts for seniors and those who serve in the military.

Altitude Organic Medicine

Strains: 10

OCC: 822 W. Colorado Ave., 313-9841, altitudeorganicmedicine.com

Top strain: Bubble Gum

Top edible: Baked Canna Goods

This Old Colorado City medical marijuana center offers all organic strains, tinctures, lotions, earwax hash and edibles. If spliffs are your thing, find cross, triple-cross and King Kong joints.

Amendment 20 Caregivers

Strains: 27

Central: 2727 Palmer Park Blvd., 375-5610, amendment20cos.com

Top strain: Purponics

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Located in the concrete-heavy shopping center that also holds Extreme Bargains, Amendment 20 offers low prices, including $145 ounces and $20 eighths. Find pipes, edibles and massage oils, among others, in a "homey, roomy environment," says one employee. Note: The center's owned by Tanya Garduno, who also serves as president of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council.

American Wellness Center

Strains: 20

OCC: 3632 W. Colorado Ave., 630-5075, americanwellnesscenter.org

Top strain: Juicy Fruit

Top edible: Brownies

Reza Hassani's American Wellness Center offers members free eighths from among its strains every two months, as well as a free joint with every purchase of an eighth, and a free edible with every quarter. Also find earwax hash, Dixie Elixirs, medicated chews, brownies, clones and bath accessories. Note: Eighths here typically run from $22.95 to $39.97.

Best Budz

Strains: 20

Academy (North): 4132 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 598-0168

Top strain: Ghost OG Kush

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

Located on the northeast corner of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard, Best Budz provides edibles, drinks, hash, tinctures and a large assortment of glassware. All members of the center get buy-one-get-one-half-off deals on eighths.

Bijou Wellness Center

Strains: 22

Central: 2132 E. Bijou St., 465-2407, bijouwellnesscenter.com

Top strain: Pineapple Express

Top edible: Sweet Grass Kitchen cookies

Military-veteran-owned Bijou Wellness Center offers edibles, infused products such as Moon Rocks, high-end organic strains and a variety of therapies. Look for a focus on servicing the needs of veterans and active military members, as well as specials on Facebook.

Briargate Wellness Center

Strains: 45

Briargate: 890 Dublin Blvd., Suite C, 598-3510, briargatewellnesscenter.com

Top strain: Red Dragon

Top edible: Hash Caps

Joe DiFabio's BWC is one of the few centers in Colorado Springs fully licensed by the city and the state, with most of the other centers still waiting for one or the other. So confidently medicate with its edibles, tinctures, creams and lotions, not to mention hash oil, keef and $25 grams or $80 eighths of Caviar.

Broadmoor Wellness Center

Strains: 25

Southgate: 1414 S. Tejon St., 634-0420, broadmoorwellnesscenter.com

Top strain: Bubba Kush pre-'98

Top edible: Headibles

The center just south of downtown offers a spa-like atmosphere, where you can find candies, vaporizers, tinctures, hash caps, lotions, balms and more. Look for rotating specials as well.

Canna Caregivers

Strains: 25

Academy (North): 3220 N. Academy Blvd., #4, 597-6685, cannacaregivers.com

Top strain: Super Lemon Haze

Top edible: Baked Canna Goods

The Canna Center

Strains: 30 to 40

Powers: 2306 N. Powers Blvd., 597-9333

Top strain: Blue Cheese

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Caregivers at Canna say all the house strains are Colorado-grown and organic. "What people like is that we are medical in nature. We're located in a medical building, not just a retail store," says owner Tyla Reimers. "It seems to be what sets us apart for our patients."

Canna Meds Wellness Center

Strains: 20

Academy (North): 2363 N. Academy Blvd.,638-6337, cannamedswellnesscenter.com

Top strain: Lime Green Skunk

Top edible: Canna Chews

Billed as "a full wellness center," CMWC offers all the usual lotions and balms, pipes, jewelry, hash and edibles. Five to seven different strains are typically harvested every week, so the stock is "constantly revolving," says owner Chris Rice. Eighths for top-shelf meds typically run around $25 for members, and the center's open seven days a week.


Strains: 30

Powers: 1466 Woolsey Heights, 573-2262, cannabicare.com

Top strain: Kong

Top edible: Green Kure Plus Elixir

Located near Peterson Air Force Base, Cannabicare is offering $25 to $35 eighths for members, and smoking accessories and edibles. Some specials: At the end of the week comes "free fatty Fridays," and every Saturday, nonmembers receive member pricing.

Cannabis Therapeutics

Strains: 60

Central: 907 E. Fillmore St., 633-7124, cannabistherapeutics.net

Top strain: Blue Dream Haze

Top edible: Pumpkin Carrot Cake

Cannabis Therapeutics offers $31.25 top-shelf eighths and daily specials including eighths starting at $15. Also find a variety of infused products like medicated bubble bath, edibles like bubble gum, and a variety of smoking accessories all sent out the door in odor-proof, waterproof bags.


Strains: 20

Academy (South): 1675 Jet Wing Drive, 596-3010

Top strain: Golden Goat

Top edible: Olive oil

Tucked behind a 7-Eleven at the northeast corner of Fountain Boulevard and Jet Wing Drive, Cannacare serves patients' needs with a variety of medication as well as member pricing that's half-off what nonmembers pay.

Colorado Alternative Care Services

Strains: 29

OCC: 1402 W. Colorado Ave., 635-5963, csmmd.com

Top strain: White Rhino

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

The center offers a tiered system: $35 eighths, $65 quarters, $120 half-ounces and $200 ounces. Also, new patients get a buy-one-get-one deal on eighths, a free pre-rolled joint with the purchase of an eighth, and a free eighth with the purchase of an ounce.

Crossroads MMC

Strains: 15

Central: 176 Talamine Court, #110, 219-0054, crossroadsmmc.com

Top strain: Blue Dream

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Owner Triton Gulczynski, whose center is tucked away in an industrial park, says to look for a full lineup of edibles, $10 grams, and a $180-per-ounce mix-and-match special.

A Cut Above

Strains: 25 to 30

Central: 1150 E. Fillmore St., 434-1665

Top strain: Dog Waltz

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

A Cut Above offers a waiting room featuring a big-screen TV and leather couches, leading into a separate space containing edibles, tinctures, hash, joints and medical pain relievers.

Doctors Orders

Strains: 12

Central: 2106 E. Boulder St., 634-8808, 719doctor.com

Top strain: Vanilla Kush

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Doctors Orders offers glassware, stash boxes, $10 grams of bubble hash on Wednesdays, and a variety of edibles. Member pricing includes $30 eighths, $60 quarters and $205 ounces.

Eagle's Nest Wellness Center

Strains: 30

Cascade: 8455 W. U.S. Hwy. 24, 687-2928, eaglesnestsanctuary.com

Top strain: Euphoria

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Eagle's Nest Wellness Center, located in the old Swiss Miss building, offers holistic and naturopathic medicines, and nature walks. There's also a dispensary, which the religion of Ho'ala Huna considers a natural offshoot of its practice, as well as an extensive lineup of glass pipes.

Enlightened Care

Strains: 20

Northwest/Rockrimmon: 757 W. Garden of the Gods Road, 531-7079

Top strain: Vortex

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Behind the Wendy's lies Enlightened Care, which one employee describes as a "café-style" center, with a coffee bar, waiting room and a showcase of different medications. Additionally, look for what the center describes as one of the city's largest selections of edibles, tinctures, bubble hash, keef and oils.


Strains: 14

Northwest/Rockrimmon: 5913 N. Nevada Ave., 213-0118, 719fram.com

Top strain: Pot of Gold

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Front Range Alternative Medicines offers hash, tinctures, edibles and Colorado-grown medication. According to one employee, find the "cheapest bongs and glass pipes in town."

Garden of the Gods Wellness Center

Strains: 15

West side: 5030 Boardwalk Drive, 268-0063, gardenofthegodswellness.com

Top strain: Space Helmet

Top edible: Sarah's Medicated Teas

Discreetly located on the west side, GotG offers a variety of rotating specials. For instance: First-time visitors can receive member pricing, which typically runs around $25 an eighth. Also find $50 ounces of shake.

Green Earth Wellness Center

Strains: 20

OCC: 519 N. 30th St., 633-6337, greenearthwellnesscenter.com

Top strain: TRON

Top edible: Mountain Medicinals

Green Earth folks say they specialize in higher-end medicines and edibles, and carry all flavors of Dixie Elixirs & Edibles and Keef Cola. You'll also find a full line of rubs, tinctures and related items in a space with an art-gallery feel.

The Green House

Strains: 35

OCC: 1024 W. Colorado Ave., 344-5996, thegreenhousecs.com

Top strain: Herijuana

Top edible: Blue Kudu

Owner Isaac Mavashev says the center has some of the cheapest pipes in town, as well as hash, a wide range of edibles like Gaia's Garden and Cheeba Chews, and more.

Green Pharm

Strains: 20

Central: 325 Delaware Drive, 591-2070

Top strain: Blue Dream

Top edible: Brownies

Co-owner Gary Beierle says, "Though we are in a hard-to-find location, it's well worth it." As proof, grams of medication start at $7.50, eighths at $24, and ounces at $170 (though members may find ounces as low as $153). Also find hash products, accessories, various infused products and more.


Strains: 18

Academy (North): 2233 Academy Place #201, 597-4429

Top strain: Strawberry Cough

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Recently, owner Brandon Mackey's changed the center's name from Healthpoint Wellness Center to Greenwerkz. It's currently located in a medical building, but moving within a few weeks of this guide being published. (See CannaBiz for updates.) Either way, find $6 edibles all the time.

Grow Life

Strains: 20

Downtown: 219 W. Colorado Ave., #106, 635-1700, growlifecolorado.com

Top strain: Killer Queen

Top edible: N/A

Grow Life says strains are 100 percent organic and soil-based (as opposed to hydroponically grown). It also sports exclusive growers so that each strain is unique to the center. Specials-wise, all eighths are less than $40 with caregiver designation, and new patients benefit from a free edible. Grow Life also dedicates a wall to an artist of the month.


Strains: 25

Central: 700 Juanita St., 635-4367, hempcos.com

Top strain: Durban Poison

Top edible: Twirling Hippy Confections

Higher Elevation Medical Products calls a location behind Fargo's Pizza Co., home. Members and non-members alike enjoy low prices, such as no eighth over $30, which drops to $15 on select days.

Happy Buddha Wellness

Strains: 6

Academy (North): 3612 Galley Road, 638-1888

Top strain: Sugar Haze

Top edible: Discreet Treats

Owned by Terry Cullen, Happy Buddha Wellness offers a pleasant atmosphere and a private location, next to offices for a dentist and massage therapist. Look for $25 eighths and $185 ounces on all strains, for members.

Hawaiian Herbal Health Center

Strains: 20

Academy (North): 3729 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 522-4442, hawaiianherbalhealth.com

Top strain: Molokai Diesel

Top edible: North Shore Edibles

Manager Kiliki says the center — located down the road from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs — offers "a warm tropical feeling and plenty of 'aloha,' along with being discreet." Find medicated spa products, tinctures, hash, balms and Hawaiian souvenirs.

The Healing Canna

Strains: 30

Academy (North): 3692 E. Bijou St., 637-7645, thehealingcanna.com

Top strain: Phish

Top edible: N/A

Once you make it through its discreet, no-sign entrance, the Healing Canna offers a large, well-lit waiting area for patients. Also find punch cards that offer a free eighth after 12 are purchased, a refer-a-friend program where both parties receive $20 eighths, and daily web updates.

The Healthy Connections

Strains: 20

OCC: 1602 W. Colorado Ave., 203-6004

Top strain: Lemon Skunk

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

The Healthy Connections offers roughly 20 strains, and a wide selection of keef. Plus, find vaporizers, related smoking accessories and a punch-card promotion where your eighth eighth-of-an-ounce is free.

Heavenly Medical Caregivers

Strains: 31

Academy (North): 5323 Montebello Lane, 598-8218, heavenlymedical.com

Top strain: Kilo

Top edible: N/A

Discounts abound at Heavenly Medical Caregivers: Members get three for the price of two on Mondays; buy one and get the second half-off on Thursdays; and $21 eighths on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Hemp Center

Strains: 25

OCC: 2501 W. Colorado Ave., 633-1611, the-hemp-center.com

Top strain: Juliet

Top edible: House pomegranate candy

Co-owner Jim Van Diest says members receive a free gram and joint after signing up, 5-gram eighths thereafter, and a free eighth on their birthday. "We have an RN on staff and an herbalist," says Van Diest, adding: "We make our own salves, lotions, candy, edibles and tinctures."

The Herb Shoppe

Strains: 20

OCC: 3020 W. Colorado Ave., 634-6337, herbshoppemmj.com

Top strain: Razzle Dazzle

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Owned by husband-and-wife team Ashley and Kasey Knutson, THS offers $25 eighths on select strains to all patients, as well as free yoga and 10 percent off edibles to members. Also find clones, hash, hash oil and bubble hash.

Humboldt Care and Wellness Center

Strains: 13

Powers: 6823 Space Village Ave., 597-4292, us-hcwc.com

Top strain: Blueberry

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

Strains: 13

West side: 1324 W. Garden of the Gods Road

Top strain: Blueberry

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

Members who have just joined receive a $20 credit, and can take advantage of $22 eighths ($25 for nonmembers). "As far as edibles," says one employee, "we do have a lot of edibles."


Strains: 45

OCC: 3044 W. Colorado Ave., 203-4592, indispensary.com

Top strain: Chocolope

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Strains: 60

Central: 3031 E. Platte Ave., 203-4542

Top strain: Bubba Kush

Top edible: Discreet Treats

Sister to Independent Records, Indispensary combines more than 30 years of customer service experience with a high-altitude, all-organic cultivation facility. Recently, it became one of the first in the city to feel the federal government's wrath when it was forced to close its downtown location under threat of prosecution, because of its proximity to Palmer High School.

JP Wellness

Strains: 25

Academy (South): 1741 S. Academy Blvd., 622-1000

Top strain: Hawaiian Banana

Top edible: Brownies

Besides its large collection of glass, JP has recently expanded its selection of strains, infused products and concentrates. As far as perks, members receive 20 percent off of edibles, and can receive a free eighth of medication after purchasing nine.

Levity Wellness

Strains: 30

Central: 426 W. Fillmore St., 266-5463, levitywellness.com

Top strain: Hawaiian Banana

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Levity is all about the discounts: Free joints on Mondays and Fridays with any purchase of an eighth for nonmembers (Monday through Friday for members); a free eighth for those who refer patients; a buy-one-get-one free eighth for the new member; 20 percent off on your first visit; $150 ounces; and more.

Maggie's Farm

Strains: 30

Southgate: 1424 S. Nevada Ave., 328-0420

Top strain: N/A

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Strains: 30

Penrose: 880 Marilyn Road, 719/372-1014

Top strain: N/A

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Owner Bill Conkling says his center offers a full line of hybrid indica-sativa strains, as well as a variety of edibles. "My focus on this thing is meds," Conkling says. "We're trying to be straight-up and simple." To that end, the grower offers 100 percent organic strains like Cold Creek Kush.


Strains: 20

Downtown: 222 E. Moreno Ave., 634-8285

Top strain: Blue Cheese

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

The self-proclaimed home of the famous Blue Cheese, Marimeds offers quality strains and edibles. Specials include: Spend $100 and get a $10 store credit , and $215 ounces.

Marisol Therapeutics

Strains: 25

Pueblo West: 922 Kimble Drive, 719/547-4000, marisolmed.com

Top strain: Santa Maria

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Marisol offers an extensive line of edibles and topicals. Eighths for strains — like its Knee High Grape strain, described as "more of an indica" — run around $25 for members.


Strains: 30

Central: 3701 N. Nevada Ave., 633-8882

Top strain: Qrazy Train

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Located at the old greyhound racing track on North Nevada Avenue, Medibis offers rotating daily specials for members, as well as credit for those who refer new ones. Look for $15, $20 and $25 eighths.

Medical Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 27

Academy (North): 6020 Erin Park Drive, 264-6337, mccaregivers.com

Top strain: L.S.D.

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

MC Caregivers sells cannabis, accessories, a wide range of edibles and topical lotions and oils. Instead of specials, look for prices like $33 for eighths and $200 for ounces, of anything on the shelf.

Mile High Holistics

Strains: 20

Palmer Lake: 626 State Hwy. 105, 487-0901, milehighholistics.com

Top strain: Deadhead OG

Top edible: Phoenix Tears

In an environment that co-owner Susie Breward calls "a groovy, little upscale spot," Mile High Holistics offers medication, as well as a large selection of edibles, balms and accessories. As for specials, Mile High runs a different one every day of the week.

Mountain Med Club

Strains: 20

OCC: 22 S. Chestnut St., 599-4180, mountainmedclub.com

Top strain: White Fire

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Off West Colorado Avenue lies Mountain Med Club, where you can find edibles, natural rolling papers, storage containers and hand-blown glass pipes.

Mountain Medicals

Strains: 12

Divide: 11505 W. U.S. Hwy. 24, 357-9893, mountainmedicals.com

Top strain: 91 Chem

Top edible: Twirling Hippy Confections

Mountain Medicals, where organic marijuana's grown in soil, offers discounts to those who designate it as their center. Look for a large variety of edibles, as well as classes on how to make cannabutter and tinctures.

Natural Advantage Medical Marijuana Center

Strains: 20

OCC: 925 W. Cucharras St., 533-1177

Top strain: L.A. Confidential

Top edible: N/A

Natural Advantage offers in-house chiropractic care, information on natural herbal medicine, lifestyle and pain counseling, and doctor referrals. Members get 10 percent off of most products, and can purchase ounces of medication at wholesale prices.

Natural Mystic Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 20 to 30

Downtown: 416 E. Colorado Ave., #101, 203-5094

Top strain: Tora Bora

Top edible: Mountain High Suckers

Locally owned Natural Mystic offers a discreet downtown location with roughly 30 top-shelf strains, as well as a variety of edibles. More than 10 years of working with medical marijuana patients ensures that the center knows what it's doing in the realm of patient care, says an unidentified owner.


Strains: 14

Downtown: 907 S. Tejon St., 630-7300, thenaturaleaf.com

Top strain: Vanilla Kush

Top edible: Healthy Creations

Look for literature on a variety of health issues and $5 grams. Otherwise, enjoy keef and hash made in-house, as well as tinctures, balms, salves and edibles.

Nature's Way Wellness Center

Strains: 30

Academy (North): 5012 N. Academy Blvd., 531-6337

Top strain: Wi-fi OG Kush

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

Both members and nonmembers can get specials for eighths as low as $25, single-strain ounces for $160, or a mix-and-match deal for $190; first-time patients can purchase an eighth of any strain for $25. Also find edibles as well as vitamins, hash, pipes and joints.

Original Cannabis Growers

Strains: 12

Central: 2625 E. St. Vrain St., Unit A, 475-9333

Top strain: UK Cheese

Top edible: Keef Cola

OCG offers $25 eighths and $7.15 "grade A" grams, says owner Paul Elias. Keef and infused products are also available. "We're a simple center, but we keep it real," says Elias.

Pain Management Solutions

Strains: 15

Southgate: 1022 S. Royer St., 473-0279, pmsmedicalmarijuana.com

Top strain: Kush 18

Top edible: Dr. J's Hash Infused Medical Edibles

Located just south of downtown, near the train tracks and warehouses, PMS offers a variety of tinctures, bath products, lotions and cannabidiol (CBD) syrups. Members and non-members alike enjoy like pricing, while those that name PMS as caregiver receive 10-percent off glassware and edibles, as well as a free quarter-ounce of marijuana.

Pikes Peak Alternative Health & Wellness

Strains: 30

Southgate: 1605 S. Tejon St., #101, 575-9835, ppahw.com

Top strain: Bruce Banner

Top edible: Bad-Ass Brownies

Handicap-accessible PPAHW specializes in treating hospice and cancer patients, as well as those with disabilities. There are also grow classes, while do-it-yourself patients can purchase clones and growing supplies.

Pikes Peak Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 15

Academy (South): 3715 Drennan Road, 216-5452, pikespeakcannabiscaregivers.com

Top strain: Cherry Diesel

Top edible: N/A

In addition to top-shelf medical marijuana, Pikes Peak Cannabis Caregivers offers a wide array of edibles, infused products and smoking accessories. First-time customers who buy an eighth get a free pipe, as do patients who refer a friend.

Pure Intentions Wellness Center

Strains: 17

Academy (North): 201 N. Academy Blvd., 570-7432, pureintentionswellness.com

Top strain: The Purps

Top edible: The Growing Kitchen

At any time, patients receive $3 edibles from the center's selection. Also: earwax hash for $35 per gram. Bud grams start at $9, with members receiving pricing starting at $17.50 to $38.50 per eighth. The center also sports more than 20 different types of infused products.

Pure Medical

Strains: 40

Downtown: 19 N. Tejon St., #108, 634-7390, puremedicalcolorado.com

Top strain: Golden Goat

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Pure Medical 2

Strains: 40

Northwest/Rockrimmon: 207 Rockrimmon Blvd., Unit C, 264-0800

Top strain: OG Kush

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

In addition to a broad array of Colorado-grown strains, Pure Medical carries edibles, tinctures, keef, hash, hash pills, pipes and vaporizers.

Rocky Mountain Miracles

Strains: 65

Central: 2316 E. Bijou St., 473-9333, rockymountainmiracles.com

Top strain: Skywalker OG Kush

Top edible: Standing Akimbo

"We've got great prices," says owner Ali Hillery. "All new members get a free eighth." Members also enjoy $199 ounces, two ounces for $350, and new strains released biweekly.

Rocky Road Remedies

Strains: 20

Academy (South): 2489 S. Academy Blvd., 574-4230, rockyroadrx.com

Top strain: Cinderella 99

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

Located behind a Subway, Rocky Road offers $25 eighths for anyone in on their first time. Otherwise, members get eighths for $27.58, and half-price quarter-ounces every month.

The Secret Stash Progressive Medicine

Strains: 30

West side: 2845 Ore Mill Road, #6, 633-8499, the-secret-stash.com

Top strain: Bazooka Joe

Top edible: Standing Akimbo

This family-owned dispensary offers newcomers a membership package that includes 50 percent off the first purchase for amounts not exceeding a quarter-ounce. "We're in a discreet location, with plenty of parking," notes co-owner Alex (last name withheld).

Simple Care Wellness Center

Strains: 20

Academy (North): 8270 Razorback Road,799-6881, simplecarewellness.com

Top strain: L.A. Kush

Top edible: TinctureBelle

Simple Care Wellness Center "focuses on the medication," says owner Keith Northwood. Look for pipes, bath products and a wide selection of edibles. Price-wise, eighths start at $40 and grams at $15. Note: 90 percent of the center's marijuana is grown on-site.

Southern Colorado Medical Marijuana

Strains: 20

Central: 2815 N. El Paso St., Unit D, 344-5021, socommj.com

Top strain: DJ Short's Flo

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Co-owner Don McKay says other dispensary owners shop at his recently expanded 10,000-square-foot center. Note: SoCoMMJ only offers prepackaged bulk, with half-ounces running in the $99 range — no grams or eighths.

S.S.I. Care Center

Strains: 15

Central: 549 E. Cimarron St., 632-3232, ssicares.com

Top strain: OG Kush

Top edible: Ganjaroo bars

As far as freebies, customers receive free pre-rolled joints with any purchase of an eighth or more. Also look for a variety of edibles.

Strawberry Fields Alternative Health and Wellness

Strains: 50

OCC: 3404 W. Colorado Ave., 471-2837, strawberryfieldsmmj.com

Top strain: Voodoo Star

Top edible: Edi-Pure edibles

The center that won last year's Indy readers' pick for best dispensary in Colorado Springs offers specialized member pricing on its "100 percent organic" medication. Also find "literally everything," says one employee, when it comes to edibles, and specials like store credit when you become a member, and even more if you renew each year.

Third Day Apothecary

Strains: 25

Academy (North): 4865B N. Academy Blvd., 266-6699, thirddayapothecary.com

Top strain: Acapulco Gold

Top edible: Caribbean Spice cookies

Third Day Apothecary is located on the northeast corner of Flintridge Drive and North Academy Boulevard. The center says all strains are grown organically in-house, in soil.

Todays Health Care

Strains: 40

West side: 221 S. Eighth St., 635-9002, todayshealthcaremeds.com

Top strain: Alaskan Ice

Top edible: The Growing Kitchen

Strains: 40

West side: 1635 W. Uintah St., 633-1300

Top strain: Alaskan Ice

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

The dispensary offers free rides to medical appointments for terminal cancer patients, even if they're not the center's own patients. Look for happy hours from 2 to 3 on weekdays, when patients get 10 percent off.

Total Health Concepts

Strains: 16

Downtown: 502 S. Weber St., 471-4180, mmj-centers.com

Top strain: King's Kush

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

Total Health Concepts offers edibles, as well as a large supply of infused products. Free, gated parking is available, plus a collection of original hand-blown Colorado glass.

Tree of Wellness

Strains: 30

Northwest/Rockrimmon: 1000 W. Fillmore St., #105, 635-5556, csdispensary.com

Top strain: Skywalker

Top edible: In-house butter

Tree of Wellness promises a comprehensive medicinal array of edibles and infused products. The center also sells pipes, and 10 different kinds of hash, plus hash oils. Most of the medication comes from a recently expanded LED grow system.

Trichome Health Consultants

Strains: 30

OCC: 2117 W. Colorado Ave., 635-6337, thcmed.com

Top strain: Purple Kush

Top edible: Pot corn

The center, which opened in late 2008, specializes in high-grade clones, and carries a large selection of edibles, infused products and topicals. Look for a recently introduced competition where patients are invited to find another grow considered "nicer" than THC's and receive a complimentary ounce of cannabis.

We Grow Colorado

Strains: 8

Central: 2502 E. Bijou St., 634-4100

Top strain: Evergreen Kush

Top edible: Cookies

We Grow Colorado offers edibles, glassware, vaporizers, lotions and rubs, and focuses on military veterans.

A Wellness Centers

Strains: 25

Central: 2918 Wood Ave., 375-1907

Top strain: L.A. Confidential

Top edible: Karma Candy

Manager Tom Scudder has an idea of why people should shop here for edibles. "We've had six [or] seven vendors say we've got the biggest selection they've ever seen," he says.

Westside Wellness Center

Strains: 15 to 20

West side: 2200 Bott Ave., 344-8441, westsidebuds.com

Top strain: New York City Diesel

Top edible: Edi-Pure Edibles

The family-owned center welcomes patients who need recommendations and help setting up doctors' visits. It also offers a 15-percent discount for veterans, plus pipes, vaporizers, tinctures and lotions.

White Mountain Medicine

Strains: 20

Central: 3226 N. Nevada Ave., 622-6652

Top strain: Blue Dream

Top edible: Chocolate tortes

Owned by Denver's Beyond Broadway, White Mountain carries infused products from BB, Benjamin's Edibles and more, as well as accessories like pipes, bongs and vaporizers.

Woodland Wellness

Strains: 8

Woodland Park: 213 Aspen Garden Way, #2, 686-8144, pikespeakcomfortcarecenters.com

Top strain: Critical Plus

Top edible: Cheeba Chews

One of the few dispensaries located in Teller County, Woodland Wellness offers 10 percent off the first purchase of new members; also look for keef, edibles, tinctures, lotions and rotating weekly specials.

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