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Summer 2010: MMJ Centers


A Cut Above

Strains: 35

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

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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 reliever. Look for unique, clone-only strains that nobody else carries, says one employee.

Advanced Cure for Colorado

Strains: 30

Old Colorado City (OCC): 2755 Ore Mill Road, #13, 217-5629

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hoping to have a hundred different strains by the end of summer, Advanced Cure for Colorado offers a variety of edibles including trail mix and granola bars, as well as a special on six clones for $100. "There's nothing really special or unique," says caregiver Josh Steele, "but there is always a good selection and new stuff coming in every day."

All Good Care Center

Strains: 15

Downtown: 329 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 630-5500, allgoodcarecenter.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"We offer good medicine at good prices," says center owner David Schiller. Additionally, Schiller says he picks up and takes home patients, and will even snag their groceries while he's out. Look for discounts for disabled veterans; massage services; clones, balms and rubbing ointments; edibles; smoking accessories; and free clinics on growing, medical licensure and legal rights.

All Green Medical

Strains: 20

Central: 3415 Chelton Loop South, Unit B, 574-5874

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Recently opened, All Green Medical offers a dual waiting-room process: first, for paperwork; second, for product, as well as edibles, pipes and shirts. Notable strains available include Purple Kush and what we're assured is "the real G-13."

Alternative Medicine Colorado Springs

Strains: 30

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

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Alternative Medicine Colorado Springs says it offers professional care giving services. "We're here to help anyone who needs help," says owner Jack Roth. Expect to find hash, edibles and tinctures as well as 30-plus strains.

Amendment 20 Caregivers

Strains: 30

Academy (North): 3716 Galley Road, 434-0420

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In its "convenience store-type setting," Amendment 20's offerings run the gamut: $250 ounces of Sour Diesel and AK-47; edibles such as candies, cakes, sodas, ice cream and take-and-bake pizza; balms, tinctures, glassware, vaporizers, grinders, powdered hash, hash pills, seeds and clones. Additional services include counseling, massage therapy and grow consulting. "We want to do all that we can to help those fighting cancer with medical marijuana, because we believe that it helps," says the owner.

Apothecare Medicinal Center

Strains: 10 to 91

Southgate: 1526 S. Nevada Ave., 344-9435

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Renamed from La Casa Cannabis after being purchased by Nicole Romero, Apothecare offers a free shuttle for senior citizens, 10 percent off all product for members and a free joint with membership; not to mention edibles, tinctures, pipes, papers, pre-rolled joints and jewelry. Asked if she wants to add anything else, Romero says, "[We provide] discretion, confidentiality and a friendly, educated staff."

Aromas and Herbs

Strains: 20

OCC: 11 S. 25th St., #220, 930-9846, gogreencross.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

KC Stark's Aromas and Herbs is now in a new, bigger location, but the center's original ethos of "discreet and upscale" still stands. Enjoy acupuncture, massage, aroma therapy and Reiki treatments. "It's 100 percent Colorado, every penny we spend," says Stark. "We're in the historical heart of Old Colorado City — come on out and see us." While there, look for a full line of edibles and roughly 20 strains.

Best Budz

Strains: 20 to 25

Academy (North): 4150 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #4132, 598-0168

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Located on the northeast corner of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard, Best Budz provides clones, edibles, drinks, hash and tinctures. Customers have mentioned lower pricing than other centers, says one employee who also says cooking and grow classes are likely to come in the future.

Bijou Wellness Center

Strains: 12 to 18

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, by appointment only

Opened May 1, military-veteran-owned Bijou Wellness Center offers high-end organic strains, topical lotions and bath crystals, as well as massage, acupuncture, counseling, craniosacral therapy and more. Look for a focus on servicing the needs of veterans and active military. Cannabutter, infused extra-virgin olive oil, sodas, pretzels, hash brownies and tinctures are just a sampling of available edibles. "We understand our patients' needs and offer professional and discreet health care solutions," says owner Jack Myers.

Briargate Wellness Center

Strains: 25

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When not being confused with a "clean, professional and upscale" doctor's office, Joe DiFabio's BWC is churning out the care: edibles, tinctures, cannacaps, sodas, candy bars, creams and lotions, not to mention acupuncture services. "We try to be the total wellness center for our patients — we bend over backward for patients," DiFabio says. "We do whatever it takes to make them feel safe and secure."

Broadmoor Wellness Center

Strains: 20

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Broadmoor Wellness, opened June 26, claims to be "the most beautiful and relaxing dispensary in town." Look for a $100 store credit when you designate the center as primary caregiver, as well as a free gram with any $10 purchase. Physicians make bi-weekly visits, while massage therapy and delivery are available.

Canna Caregivers

Strains: 20

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

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 center owner Tyla Reimers. "It seems to be what sets us apart for our patients." Canna offers all the amenities of a full-service center — including a wide array of edibles — and the "doc" is in four or five times a month for medical marijuana recommendations. "We are fully complying with the state of Colorado, and the city of Colorado Springs, and we're not going anywhere. We plan on being around," Reimers says.

Canna Meds Wellness Center

Strains: 15

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Canna Meds has a message for other dispensaries that claim 30 varieties of marijuana: "It all comes down to about 12 to 15 parent strains," says owner Ken Brauner. "All the rest are named by someone who doesn't know what they're doing." Billed as "a full wellness center," CMWC offers all the usual tinctures, rubs and edibles, though the food part is where it gets interesting. Brauner's wife, a graduate of the chefs school at the Sorbonne in Paris, has created more than 40 pre-packaged meals.


Strains: 18

OCC: 1730 W. Colorado Ave., 633-2511

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Canna-Pothecary caries an extensive line of cancer-related products: items for women undergoing chemotherapy, head wear, bracelets, pins, car magnets, hats, shirts and other awareness items. Also look for 18 varieties of bud, as well as edibles like brownies, drinks and candies. "Our Blueberry [strain] is practically legendary, but we're almost sold out of it," says co-owner Barbara Haas.


Strains: 6

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located near Peterson Air Force Base, Cannabicare just started offering six strains, as well as smoking accessories and edibles. Says employee Julie (last name withheld): "We're geared toward patients in need, and not recreational users."

Cannabinoids Medical Marijuana Center

Strains: 17

Central: 516 Arrawanna St., 344-9461

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Month-old Cannabinoids Medical Marijuana Center is offering 17 strains but hopes to provide up to 30 later. Though the owners previously were solely growers, patient services abound at the center, with patient rides, lawn care, massage therapy and aesthetic services all available. Look for assorted edibles, tinctures, grow and cooking classes, as well as general information on medical marijuana. Manager Paul Wapson says the center charges less markup on medication than others, and that his wife is starting a nonprofit, Colorado Moms for Marijuana, "to build a better understanding of dispensary owning for families."

Cannabis Medical Caregivers

Strains: 24

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

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Open since the beginning of April, CMC offers a "very cool, very clean" atmosphere in which to purchase medication. A dual waiting room procedure shows an emphasis on patient confidentiality, while free drinks and pastries are available for the peckish. Join the VIP "Frequent Higher" program to earn additional percentage points off medication, and get a free gram if you name CMC as your primary caregiver. Also grab snacks, sack lunches and drinks for all patients.

Cannabis Medical Rx

Strains: 30

Central: 1120 N. Circle Drive, #116, 217-5725

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Open since April 20, Cannabis Medical promises to "carry the whole nine yards," as one reticent employee advised us, as well as the largest selection of edibles. A full product breakdown was not provided.

Cannabis Therapeutics

Strains: 74

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

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Employee Jay Sanner says Cannabis Therapeutics is the oldest center in the state. It boasts its own lab for THC-sample testing — in-house or patient-provided — and offers more products than there are letters in the word "tetrahydrocannabinol." Consider: varieties of clones and mother plants; medicated bubble bath, shower scrubs and hand soaps; tinctures and glycerins; THC sprays and drops; roll-ons, rubs and salves; and candies, bubble gum and suckers. For other forms of intake, look for papers, blunts, wraps, rolls, cones, one-hitters, dugouts, water pipes, bongs, double bubblers and vaporizers all sent out the door in non-odorous, waterproof bags. Add in the provided massage and yoga, and the care provided here is ridonkulous.

Cannabis Therapy Center

Strains: 30

Powers: 5953 Omaha Blvd., 686-4626, cannabistherapycenter.net

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

This eight-month-old center offers "the cheapest prices in town, and the best quality," according to one employee. Look for assorted edibles, pre-rolled joints, daily specials on 10 different strains, vaporizers, pipes, grinders, lotions and clones. Then look for medicated sodas, soaps and lotions, and massage therapy. Also enjoy free medicine with your first visit, and with purchases over $100.


Strains: 30

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

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Just over a year old, and tucked behind a 7-Eleven at the northeast corner of Fountain Boulevard and Jet Wing Drive, Cannacare serves patients' needs with edibles, sodas, ice cream and, of course, the leaf. Though it recently lost its masseuse, the center is in the market for another. Look for medication discounts for military veterans and hospice patients. Recent additions include medicated freeze pops.

Colorado Alternative Care Services

Strains: 15

Penrose: 324 Cedar St., 719/688-1450, coloradoalternativecareservices.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Though having moved to Penrose, CACS is still focusing on "trust, confidentiality, respect and compassion," and offering free classes and seminars featuring doctors, lawyers and industry growers. Also look for medicinal cannabis — especially the Jah Kush, "a really nice day or night medicine" — tinctures, THC pills, edibles and medicated teas, not to mention future grow classes.

Colorado Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 40 to 50

Downtown: 2203 N. Weber St., 634-7389

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Featuring "edibles that are guaranteed to work," says employee Ben Mitton, and hard candies, vaporizers, glass pipes and medicated lip balms (among others), CCC has been serving the medical marijuana community since August 2009; look for $30 locally grown eighths. "When people see our selection, they'll find out we're one of the better [dispensaries] in town," Mitton says. Though walk-ins are technically welcome, a phone call 15 minutes prior to arrival is appreciated.

Colorado Cannabis Center

Strains: 30

Academy (North): 1905 N. Academy Blvd., 574-4455

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Though a Colorado Cannabis Center rep would only confirm contact information — choosing not to disclose further details over the phone — the rep did say that the center is "more patient-friendly" than other dispensaries.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Resources

Strains: 15

Central: 3133 N. El Paso St., 635-0420

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This formerly fledgling medical marijuana center has its roots all set. "We're striving to grow all of our own product," says center owner Wes Soul. "Right now, it's all-natural and hydroponically grown." CMMR offers monthly two-hour introductory grow classes conducted by a master grower, as well as a selection of clones, seedlings and edibles by request. "We're in it for the long haul," says Soul, who provides strains like AK-47 and Green Crack, as well as cooking classes and programs for patients to find individual medical treatment.

Compassionate Therapeutic Solutions

Strains: Varies

Southgate: 1255 Lake Plaza Drive, #269, 571-9698, ctscare.org

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CTS bills itself as a "full-service wellness center," and with a staff of licensed therapists, plus available in-house massage, chiropractic, nutritional and acupuncture practitioners, it's easy to see why. In addition to the usual tinctures, oils, edibles, vaporizers and pipes, Compassionate also specializes in tests studying which medicated products are more effective for various situations and ailments. Membership is requested, but not required, to obtain medication; call before visiting.

Eagle's Nest Sanctuary

Strains: 20

Woodland Park: 12850 Rampart Range Road, 719/687-2928, eaglesnestsanctuary.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Described on its website as "a holistic healing and compassionate care center," Eagle's Nest is technically a church located next to a national forest, teaching Ho'ala Huna: a set of perspectives that "have the power to heal lives, mend relationships and set souls free." Counseling is available under said philosophy, while a center within the healing center offers clones, lozenges, vaporizers, smoking accessories and water treatment systems. Fridays bring a buy-one-get-one-half-off deal; Saturdays, morning meetings on growing, cloning and spiritual healing.

East West Alternative Medicine

Strains: 16

Downtown: 306 S. Nevada Ave., 332-4262, eastwestalternativemedicine.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

EWAM says it caters to the older crowd of patients, who may not feel comfortable shopping at a medical marijuana center where the staff is "loaded." "We really pride ourselves on one of the safest and most comfortable environments for people," says co-owner Bill (last name withheld). Look for edibles, tinctures, lotions, smokeables, pipes and vaporizers, not to mention, according to Bill, "the best fudge in town."

Emerald City Wellness

Strains: 10 to 20

Cheyenne Mountain: 1353 S. Eighth St., #102, 344-8046

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Discreetly located in the basement of an Eighth Street office complex, Emerald City brings a sterile "clinic feel" (read: suit-and-tie employees, security doors) and says it is House Bill 1284 compliant. An oxygen bar installed in mid-April offers relief from insomnia, pain and ADHD, among other ailments, while a house-made line of edibles — infused lemonade, yummy gummies and "cannagliss" (tincture-filled straws), as well as traditional methods — takes care of the rest. ECW also serves as an information base for the MMJ-advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access.

Emerald Pathway

Strains: Varies

Central: 825 N. Circle Drive, 344-5536, emeraldpathways.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Emerald Pathway opened a month ago near the Circle Drive and Galley Road intersection. The number of strains available changes, but look for varieties such as Bubble Gum, Hindu Kush and White Rhino. Participants in the "friends and family" referral program receive a free half-ounce each month for six months when they provide 25 referrals; with 50 referrals they receive a free ounce each month for a year. Edibles include brownies, taffy and caramels, and cinnamon, cherry, orange, watermelon and root beer lollipops.

Enlightened Care

Strains: 20

Northwest: 757 Garden of the Gods Road, 531-7079

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, by appointment only.

Behind the Wendy's lies Enlightened Care, which a co-owner (name withheld) describes as a "café-style" center, with a waiting room and a bar showcasing different medications. "We do offer referral services for our patients for anything they need; if they need somebody to go shopping with them, somebody to clean their house, we contact service providers for them," the co-owner says, adding that the center now accepts credit cards. Look for edibles, tinctures and oils, and private patient rooms.

Epic Medical Caregivers

Strains: 20 to 30

Academy (North): 3631 Galley Road, 638-4596, epicmedcares.com

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Described as "not one of those places where people dress in street clothes" by one employee, one-year-old Epic Medical sells clones, hash, hash pills and vaporizers, among other products. Look for edibles like medicated cheesecakes, cakes and pies sourced from an outside vendor, as well as chiropractic and massage services.

Epona's Sanctuary

Strains: N/A

Wholesale: 776-9676, eponassanctuary.com

Hours: N/A

Epona's Sanctuary is the "femme and gay friendly" MMJ wholesale operation of Lindsey Adams. Adams creates natural candies, lotions, skincare products and baked goods using indica- or sativa-based recipes. "I'm trying to stick to the people who truly need medicinal help through herbs and healing; my focus is healing," she says. Adams adds that patients can have food customized toward their illness, and she also makes vegan, organic, diabetic-specific and gluten-free products. Access to Reiki and energy therapists is also available.


Strains: 28

Academy (North): 2233 Academy Place, #201, 697-4429, floobies420.com

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FLOOBIES — standing for "Fulfilling Life on Our Best Indica, Edibles and Sativa" — started offering edibles, various strains, vaporizers and sensual oils in mid-April. Look for massage, raindrop and Reiki therapy, as well as a medicated soda made in-house.


Strains: 30

Northwest: 5913 N. Nevada Ave., 213-0118

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Otherwise known as Front Range Alternative Medicine, FRAM offers patients a "match 'em Monday" in which medication purchases are matched by the center (up to seven grams), as well as varying daily specials. "Prices should be cheaper than on the black market, if you're a patient," says owner Anthony Cappiello. FRAM provides hash, tinctures, edibles and Colorado-grown medication, as well as specialists in acupuncture, hot rock therapy, Reiki and deep tissue massage who will travel to a patient's location.

God's Own Garden

Strains: 16

Southgate: 419 E. Brookside St., 439-9983

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Originally located on the west side and known as "Miramed," God's Own Garden moved east to obtain a more secure location. "We're trying to present a doctor's office feel, but we decided security was the most important thing," says associate Michael Douglas. Look for "natural pain management, organic skin care using THC oils and weight control through THC use," plus traditional services, with staffed physicians and registered nurses, as well as four new, house-grown strains.

Green Earth Wellness Center

Strains: 20

OCC: 519 N. 30th St., 633-6337, greenearthcsco.org

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Green Earth folks say they specialize in higher-end medicines and edibles. This is likely due to the fact that one of the center owners is an ex-chef, leading to house-made, gourmet chocolates and ice creams, as well as a full line of rubs, tinctures and potent smokeables, among others. Look for an art gallery feel, sliding-scale billing and medical clinics every other Saturday.

Green Life Medical Center

Strains: 30

Southgate: 1265 Lake Plaza Drive, 571-9955, greenlifemed.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

"We're big on the care-giving side," says one employee. "Our knowledge level is very high, and customers like our service when compared to other dispensaries." Located in a clinical-type facility near Tinseltown, Green Life provides organic edibles like brownies, pumpkin bread and raspberry granola, as well as tinctures, lotions and 15 varieties of clone. Look for its Electric Avenue strain: purple in color, and strong in smell, EA offers a strong high good for sleep and relaxation. If that doesn't help, try medicated bubble bath, balms and strains like White Widow and White Rhino.

Grow Life

Strains: 18

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

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m.

Grow Life prefers to run a 50/50 split between indica and sativa strains, though both 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 and may be purchased using VISA or MasterCard. Look for edibles, as well as hand-blown glass pipes and a sliding-scale payment system based on the amount of medication purchased. Uniquely, Grow Life features an artist of the month, dedicating a wall to one person's work. New patients benefit from a free edible.

Happy Farms

Strains: Varies

Wholesale: 439-9942

Hours: N/A

Other than the experience of feeding five children, owner Gracy Midencey has no prior baking record. But when she saw a problem, she knew she had to act. "It was the cost of the edibles, and meeting so many people that needed the edibles instead of the smoke, and they just couldn't afford it," Midencey says. Thus was born the delivery-only bakery Happy Farms, and its medicated treats like scones, brownies and banana bread, as well as infused oils and butters for cooking at home. Unfortunately, selling directly to patients is not an option. "See, that blows everything, because my whole thing was to give it to the needy," Midencey says. Look for her products at Todays Health Care and All Good Care Center.

The Healing Canna

Strains: 25 to 30

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

Hours: Monday, noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Healing Canna offers a large, well-lit waiting and reception area to patients hoping to take advantage of their varying daily specials. (A good day to visit would be "Twisted Thursdays," when a purchase of an eighth of an ounce or more nets a free, pre-rolled AK-47 joint.) Members receive even greater discounts, and access to a large selection of edibles and house-made bubble hash. The center only sells to patients age 21 and over, and gives 10 percent off to disabled vets. Check its website for daily updates to the menu.

Heavenly Medical Caregivers

Strains: 30

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

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Discounts abound at fairly new Heavenly Medical Caregivers: the first 100 visitors on Saturdays receive a free joint, while first-time visitors receive a free joint any time. Otherwise, look for 30-plus strains like Grape Ape, OG Kush and Himalayan Gold, edibles, clones, hash and tinctures.

The Herb Shoppe

Strains: 14

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

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"I truly care, and I'm not in it for the money," says co-owner Chris Crider of the Herb Shoppe. In that spirit, three-week-old THS offers a free quarter-ounce of medication per month and free yoga. Also look for edibles like hash oil, coconut oil, hash pills, toffee, brownies, chocolates, pretzel sticks and sodas.

High Mountain Caregivers

Strains: 30

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

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Sporting easily the most entertaining website in this guide, not to mention edibles like chocolate crinkles and brownies made in-house, six-month-old High Mountain offers discounts galore: free joints on Monday and Friday with minimum $40 purchase; 10 percent off on your first visit; 10 percent off for military, the elderly and those with disabilities; and 20 percent off permanently once High Mountain is named as your caregiver. Look for clones, lotions and soaps in addition to regular medicinal options like house-created Hit Man and Sour Bubble strains. Note: Eighths typically run $32.


Strains: 10 to 20

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Higher Elevation Medical Products opened behind Fargo's Pizza Co. two months ago. Look for 10 to 20 strains, clones, edibles, hash, pipes and vaporizers. Its website says H.E.M.P. "was formed as a joint venture between two brothers who saw an opportunity to enhance awareness, and provide an alternative medicine for chronic sufferers."

The Highlands Cooperative

Strains: 30

Central: 332 W. Bijou St., #101, 442-6737, thehighlandscoop.com

Hours: By appointment only

In a "laid-back but secure" environment, THC focuses on veteran care, with military discounts and a varied rewards program that features free edibles with a $50 purchase and a free chair massage twice a month, among other benefits. Look for books, DVDs and magazines, as well as vaporizers, pipes, medicines and edibles. Please note that patients must designate THC as their caregiver, but then benefit from strains like New York City Diesel and White Widow, as well as a free T-shirt.


Strains: 36

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

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Get the Juicy Fruit, Nebula or Sky strains, says co-owner Brett Dunn. Otherwise, look for $37 eighths for Marimeds patients. "We have every edible imaginable," says Dunn. Chocolate from Discreet Treats, tinctures, $20 grams of hash, teas, lotions and rubs are all available from the two-month-old center.

Marisol Therapeutics

Strains: 20

Pueblo: 177 Tiffany Drive, #140, 800/584-6274, marisolmed.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Described by one employee as "more of a straight dispensary," as opposed to one offering other services, Marisol sells an extensive line of edibles, including brownies, biscotti, chocolates, THC shooters, popsicles, sodas and suckers. Also look for tinctures, lotions, suppositories, ointments and its Knee High Grape strain, described as "more of an indica."

Medical Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 20

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MC Caregivers is a (very) private and (very) discreet, House Bill 1284-compliant medical marijuana center that declined to provide specifics on its offerings. Its website reports continuing education and cannabis cooking classes as well as ongoing patient consultation. Also look for cannabis, accessories, edibles, and topical lotions and oils.

Medimar Ministry

Strains: 10

Pueblo: 112 Colorado Ave., 719/545-0100, medimarministry.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Medimar fell victim to the system when owner Tom Sexton was convicted of felony possession, making him ineligible for center ownership. Wife Karen Garnant has taken over the business, but it's still stuck in another way. "We're kind of at a standstill until we find out more from City Council and the zoning board," says Garnant, referring to forthcoming Pueblo city regulations concerning medical marijuana. In the meantime, look for roughly 10 strains, but not much else in the way of a wellness center.

Meds 2 U

Strains: 10 to 15

Academy (North): 1600 N. Academy Blvd., Suite B, 434-0420

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Opened Feb. 1, Meds 2 U offers a more clinical feel for the medicinally inclined. You'll find a variety of edibles, tinctures and cured and dried plants, as well as grow consulting and programs promoting treatment for PTSD for veterans. Also look for psychological counseling.

Mercy Wellness Center

Strains: 15

Central: 417 N. Circle Drive, 667-1111

Hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Family-owned Mercy Wellness Center more than lives up to its name. "I'm ill, and I've seen what [marijuana] has done for people over the years," says co-owner Cathey DeRosa. "Our first priority is our patients and trying to help them." Members enjoy lower prices on products like tinctures, salves, edibles, cooking oil and butter, as well as an available microscope through which they may view their medication magnified 200 times. Every day brings a new discounted Bud of the Day, as well as specials like Free Joint Friday, where each purchase of an eighth of an ounce of medication yields a free joint.

Mountain Made Meds

Strains: 12 to 15

Northwest: 5162 Centennial Blvd., 528-6337, mountainmademeds.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located on the corner of Centennial Boulevard and North 30th Street, Mountain Made Meds owner Patrick Warren says to expect all top-shelf meds, as well as clones, edibles, tinctures and hash. "You're pretty much going to get a one-stop shop," Warren says. A physician link-up over webcam allows on-site visitations for a faster card-obtaining process.

Mountain Med Club

Strains: 15

Northwest: 4465 Northpark Drive, #201, 599-4180

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

At the corner of Garden of the Gods Road and Interstate 25 lies the new Mountain Med Club. "We're upscale, discreet and safe — we have video cameras everywhere," says owner Sarah, who requested her last name not be used. "We have no bars on the windows or marijuana signs out front." Look for edibles from Gaia's Harvest Candy, candy bars, natural rolling papers, glass storage containers and an "amazing" Sour Diesel strain. Enjoy a free eighth of an ounce on your birthday, as well as a discount for using an MMC-purchased stash jar. For privacy, the center offers separate rooms for all its services.

Mountain View Cannabis

Strains: 20

Central: 21 N. Circle Drive, 471-4357

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Located among three other businesses on North Circle Drive, Mountain View stands out with low-priced medication (ounces from $200 to $250), edibles and tinctures. Patients who designate Mountain View as caregiver are eligible for a variety of discounts, with restrictions.

Natural Advantage Medical Marijuana Center

Strains: 50

OCC: 925 W. Cucharras St., 533-1177, naturaladvantage420.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Opened in December, Natural Advantage offers edibles, hard candies, brownies, tinctures, lotions, potions and teas. To complement, in-house chiropractic care, massage therapy, information on natural herbal medicine, lifestyle and pain counseling, and doctor referrals are available. Members receive 10 percent off all products, including books and T-shirts.

Natural Remedies MMJ

Strains: 50

Central: 408 S. Nevada Ave., 800/985-7168, naturalremediesmmj.org

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Natural Remedies "understands the need for discretion and privacy" and focuses "more on providing excellent customer service, and less on the bottom line," according to a statement on its website. Look for strains like Burgundy Goo and Grand Daddy Purple X Mango as well as edibles like brownies, peanut butter cups, truffles and s'mores to go with tinctures, plant seeds and various pipes. Prices for eighths run $40 to $55.

Nature's Medicine Wellness Center

Strains: 25

OCC: 11 S. 25th St., Suite 220 434-1808, naturesmedicine.ning.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A "full-service alternative wellness center," Nature's Medicine offers in-house massage and Reiki therapy, as well as a full line of Chinese herb, and a free yoga night once each month in the old liquor store at 16th Street and Colorado Avenue. Stocked with edibles, tinctures, oils, extracts and clones, Nature's Medicine operates nine locations all over Colorado, with one more Springs location set for the near future. Certain rotating strains enjoy specials of $250 per ounce, $70 per quarter of an ounce and $35 per eighth, and a caregiver designation is not required to enjoy the center's benefits.

Nature's Way

Strains: 50

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

Hours: Daily, noon to 8 p.m.

Offering "mostly organic, soil-grown" medical marijuana, Nature's Way runs $40 specials for an eighth of an ounce of its top-shelf medication. You can also find edibles such as butter, cooking oil, cookies, Chex Mix, brownies, suckers and hard candies, as well as vitamins, hash, pipes and joints. Have your friends designate NW as caregiver and receive a free gram.

Old World Pharm

Strains: 10 to 15

Academy (North): 3605 E. Platte Ave., 393-3899

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Owner Kenny Brock, whose mantra is "We believe nature does it best," opened Old World Pharm six months ago, determined to give it the feel of a "hometown pharmacy." Its organic strains are grown locally, and the staff is available to answer all growing-related questions. It also offers high-quality medical marijuana edibles and tinctures, and Brock's own invention: TincStix, which are like honey sticks, but filled with 100 percent indica or sativa tinctures. Look for Maui Wowie, and Sweet Island strains. "We have a highly knowledgeable staff to help you select medicine for specific needs," Brock says.

The Organic Seed

Strains: 20

Central: 2303 E. Platte Ave., 375-3700, theorganicseedco.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Organic Seed is a family affair, with Sherrie White and her kinfolk sharing the workload. They offer their totally organic marijuana, edibles, tinctures and candy to all medical marijuana patients who visit their homey office. They also design and assemble growing rooms, sell growing supplies and have a wealth of growing knowledge that they're aching to share. Look for $288 ounces of a variety of house blends, as well as popsicles and cola.

Organic Solutions Caregiver

Strains: 12

Pueblo: 356 S. McCulloch Blvd., #106, 719/547-5179, organicsolutionscaregiver.com

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

In addition to Organic Solutions' all-organic, all-locally grown marijuana, it offers edibles, tinctures, rubs, lip balms, smoking utensils and clones. (Watch for upcoming growing classes.) Among specials are $15 grams and every-Thursday-eighths for $40, plus an assistance program for those who need help paying the bill. Oh, and one more thing: Look this far and no farther for all your medicated Slurpee needs.

Original Cannabis Growers

Strains: Varies

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, by member appointment only

Original Cannabis Growers — whose motto is "Private, friendly and discreet" — recently expanded into a remodeled, 1,800-square-foot building to better offer medication. If you choose OCG as your caregiver, reps will work with you to get your medical marijuana license for $75. Other deals include $10 "grade A" grams to members ($5 "grade B" grams), and $275 ounces. Edibles for $2, pills, kief and hash also available. "We brought Denver prices down here to Colorado Springs," says owner Paul (last name withheld).

Pikes Peak Alternative Health & Wellness

Strains: 30

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year-and-a-half-old center specializes in treating hospice and cancer patients as well as those with disabilities. After the patient chooses PPAHW as the caregiver, plants are grown specifically for his or her ailment. There is also a grow college, and patients can purchase clones and growing supplies. Only raw materials — like extracted oils and canna butter — go into the center's homemade treats, which include brownies, four flavors of muffins, and massively popular truffles. For further medicating needs, look for tinctures, capsules, candy bars, hash and hard candies. Upcoming events include a live music and barbecue event — "Cannapalooza" — as well as a Christmas gala for patients and guests.

Pikes Peak Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 30

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

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

In addition to top-quality medical marijuana, Pikes Peak Cannabis Caregivers offers a wide array of tinctures, bubble hash, THC pills, 11 varieties of tea, and edibles including eight kinds of brownies, pizza, candies, fudge, chocolates, ice cream, marinara sauce, Chex Mix, caramel popcorn and soda. Glassware and vaporizers are also available at wholesale prices. First-time customers who buy an eighth get a joint free, as well as those who refer another. Strains include Sour Sage and White Widow. Center barbecues also run every 20th of the month for all patients.

Pikes Peak Natural Wonders

Strains: 15 to 20

Northwest: 4157 Centennial Blvd., 375-8887

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

PPNW offers a massage therapist on site, as well as physician visits every Thursday and Saturday. Edibles include lemonade, gourmet soups and candies; expect more offerings in the future. "We're all about wellness," says Michelle, the office manager. Look for a safe location — "It's not an open dispensary" — and a gift shop of non-medicated items.

Pure Medical

Strains: 50

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

Hours: Monday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; all other days, noon to 8 p.m.

Pure Medical 2

Strains: 40

Briargate: 207 Rockrimmon Blvd., Unit C, 264-0800

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Thomas Choi opened Pure Medical in October 2009, and in addition to offering a broad array of Colorado-grown strains, he carries edibles (truffles, hard candy, vegetable oil, butter and cappuccino, among others), tinctures, kief, hash, hash pills and hash oil. Custom orders for pipes and vaporizers are welcome.

Rocky Mountain Herbal Health Center

Strains: 10

Pueblo: 434 S. McCulloch Blvd., #1, 719/562-0420,

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Herbal Health Center offers at least 10 strains and a focus on patients. "We came into this looking to provide a really open, nice atmosphere with a super-friendly staff for people to come in and not be intimated," says one budtender who wished to go unnamed. "Not for people to feel like it's a back street drug deal." Look for a full lineup of customizable edibles such as birthday cakes for diabetics, as well as $40 eighths on Tuesdays (normally $50). E-mailed discounts are available, says the budtender, as are in-house massage services for $25 per hour.

Roy's Cannabis Connection

Strains: 20 to 30

Central: 2360 E. Platte Ave., 634-9333, royscc.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Roy's patients get free massages, and the center's growers donate pure cannabis oil for use by cancer patients. "We're here to help," says owner Roy Moots. "We try to open everybody's eyes to what this plant is and what it can do." Open since November, Roy's also offers edibles, tinctures, hash, pipes and vaporizers.

Select Health Resources

Strains: 25

OCC: 1502 W. Colorado Ave., 635-9918, mymedmarijuana.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Opened April 20, Select Health Resources wants to be known "as the classiest joint in town — that's our goal," says an employee, who requested his name not be used. Look for edibles like soda, ice cream, pizza and candy, as well as pipes, bongs, salves, lip balms, "and all the things you would need to medicate." Enjoy a free joint when you designate Select Health as caregiver. Future offerings likely include massage therapy and acupuncture.

The Springs Connection

Strains: 7

Central: 3129 Delta Drive, 719/465-3017, thespringsmmj.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Located south of South Circle Drive and Hancock Expressway, the Springs Connection had a grand re-opening ceremony June 26 to officially kick itself off. The center offers roughly seven strains — more upon request — in addition to massage therapy. Look for a secure, neighborly feel, as well as the cheapest Keef Colas in town, according to employee Mary Meredith.

Third Day Apothecary

Strains: 24

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

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Family-owned Third Day Apothecary grows all the organic marijuana strains it sells. Having opened earlier this spring, the Academy Boulevard center carries a wide selection of bubble hash, pipes and vacuum-sealed storage containers, and stocks up on edibles in time for weekends. "We grow all of our own product and grow our own hash, and we're very customer-oriented. We don't rush you in and out — we take the time to sit and speak with you," says co-owner Brian Johnson. Expect a professional but comfortable atmosphere with a Jamaican flavor.

Todays Health Care

Strains: 15 to 20

West side: 1635 W. Uintah St., Suite E, 633-1300, todayshealthcaremeds.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Employee Dave Felis says Todays Health Care is all about relationship-building. "We're all supposed to be a family and take care of one another," he says, which is why they offer free rides to medical appointments for terminal cancer patients, even if they're not Todays Health Care customers. They stock Dixie Flyer sodas, 20 flavors of Mile High Ice Cream, tinctures, pipes and vaporizers, and offer year-round growing classes. Enjoy a 10-percent-off happy hour from 2 to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and newly lowered prices the rest of the time: $40 eighths and $80 quarters.

Top Buds

Strains: 17 to 25

Powers: 575 Valley St., #10, 591-7411

Hours: Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Look for vaporizers, pipes, bongs, grinders and scales at Top Buds, as well as a variety of edibles, hash and tinctures. Use its growing assistance for personal home care, and receive special prices on medication from 4 to 5 p.m. on its house-grown medication.

Total Health Concepts

Strains: 15 to 20

Downtown: 502 S. Weber St., 471-4180

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Opened May 13, Total Health Concepts is an offshoot of the five-month-old Denver-based parent. In 1,700 square feet of space, THC's owner (who wished to remain nameless) says the medical marijuana center specializes in $10 grams on half its inventory. "If you become legal, you should be able to get affordable medicine," he says. Look for edibles such as candies, cookies, brownies, ice cream, vegan candy bars and full meal lines like medicated enchiladas. Free gated parking is available, as well as grams of strains like G13 and New York City Diesel in the $10 to $15 range. The center's open seven days a week.

Tree of Wellness

Strains: 20

Northwest: 1000 W. Fillmore St., #105, 635-5556, treeofwellnesscs.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tree of Wellness offers a comprehensive medicinal array: chocolates, tea bags, hard candies, trail mix, granola bar, ointments, lip balms and cannabis-infused skincare products. "We have a really good different selection of hash — 10 to 15 different kinds," says the unnamed manager. Look for clones, growing supplies and its hash oil, which Tree of Wellness sells to other dispensaries; also, free growing classes on Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Trichome Health Consultants

Strains: 30

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through an exclusive arrangement with the west side's House of Saigon, Trichome offers medicated Chinese carry-out (or delivery) for patients with a yen for lo mein or fried rice. This service is in addition to grow classes and instruction in herbology and reflexology. According to co-owner Peter Trujillo, Trichome, which opened in late 2008, specializes in high-grade/low-cost marijuana; edibles like hash candies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, sodas, salad dressings and cheesecakes; vaporizers, lotions and salves. And the Trichome motto? "Professional, confidential, legal."

uHeal Apothecary

Strains: 30

Downtown: 101 N. Tejon St., #102, 465-3471, uhealapothecary.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

uHeal is the brainchild of owner Chris Siegel, an expert in plant growth. "My family's been doing this for close to 40 years in California; I've been at it since I was 13 years old — now I'm 35," Siegel says. With a strong focus on low prices (eighths of an ounce starting at $35 and capping at $50) and high-quality, lab-tested product — "We're trying to provide all of our own meds, grown in Colorado by someone that lives in Colorado" — uHeal has the leafy portion of care covered. From there, look for massage, occupational and physical therapy, as well as nutritional and personal training. "Everybody who works at the center is in the wellness industry, from certified nutritionists and herbalists to someone with a degree in occupational therapy," Siegel says. In addition to the traditional offerings of balms, rubs, lotions, tinctures, and edibles such as different savories, sodas, cheeses, sweets and hash pills, uHeal also goes holistic with antioxidant herbs, creams and skin lotions.

We Grow Colorado

Strains: 10 to 20

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

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The leaders of recently opened We Grow are particularly proud of their House Strain, which they grow along with many of the other strains they offer. Fresh from Los Angeles, where they also ran a center, they maintain an affiliation with U Grow Academy in Agoura Hills, Calif. We Grow offers edibles and tinctures, and boasts good prices on glassware and vaporizers.

The Wellness Source

Strains: 9 to 30

OCC: 1351 Pecan St., 465-2235

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Look for edibles, tinctures and medicated topical applicants at the Wellness Source. "Topicals are awesome," says manager Patrick Scott. "We strongly believe in the non-smoking products." Scott says the medical marijuana center takes a more hands-on approach than other centers. "We listen. If they have a specific problem, we research to find the best strain for them. If we don't have it, we'll recommend someone who does." The manager goes on to say that the center is strictly medically focused, and "not for the recreational user."

Westside Wellness Center

Strains: 12 to 18

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Westside Wellness has set out to create a relaxing space that feels like home. That warm, inviting atmosphere plays an important role in the center's community-building activities. Look for a 15 percent discount for veterans, as well as new availability of the California Mist strain. The family-owned and -operated center offers only Colorado-grown strains, edibles, tinctures and lotions, as well as pipes and vaporizers.

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