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25 Dispensaries with Fantastic Cannabis Prices and Deals

From daily deals to generous veteran discounts, stocking your stash doesn’t need to leave your wallet empty and bank account reeling. Furthermore, just because your bud is low price doesn’t mean it’s low quality. With these key tenets in mind, we took a deep dive into our Leafly data and analyzed copious user reviews to identify dispensaries offering some of the best cannabis bargains on the market. Check out how much you can save and see which specials keep customers coming back for more at the 25 locations listed below.

Important note: Dispensary deals change daily, and sometimes even hourly, at many locations—as such, the deals listed below are merely examples of deals offered at the time of publication, which may or may not be repeated in the future. For up-to-the-minute specials, deals, and customer loyalty program offers, check out individual dispensary pages on Leafly, and follow locations near you to keep up with their day to day pricing.

California

American Cannabis Company

11554 Vanowen St., North Hollywood, CA 

At American Cannabis Company, you can simply refer a friend and get a free top shelf gram with a minimum buy of $20. They also provide patient appreciation programs as well as rotating deals such as a free goody bag packed with products when you spend $25 or more.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

This shop is the truth! First time patient I received a dab and a joint. My friend who referred me got a free gram. Their products look exactly as they advertise on Instagram and Leafly.” —programercode

City Compassion Caregivers – CCC

2235 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA

City Compassion Caregivers offers everything from Patient Appreciation Days to birthday specials. You can refer a patient and get a free gift, or benefit from social security upgrades, veteran upgrades, senior upgrades, and disability upgrades. They even offer top-shelf indica eighths with a $40 cap. 

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Love coming here. Dope spot to get some fire bud for affordable prices!! Plus [the] budtenders are always really helpful!!” —tlokstaysfaded

The Cookie Co. 831

3711 Soquel Dr., A, Soquel, CA

At The Cookie Co. 831, first time members receive a free gift and $10 in credit with a $30 purchase, in addition to a $10 referral credit for a $30 purchase when you bring in a friend. Have your ID on hand for senior (15%), student (15%), and veteran (20%) discounts on top of rotating daily specials. 

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“I personally love [and] appreciate Cookie Co. 831 for so many reason, like the awesome supply of fresh flower [and] the best strains ever oh so fresh, at affordable, competitive prices. Also, all their edibles are like top notch in freshness, taste, quality. Oh, then there’s the large variety of concentrates—again top quality at such great affordable prices. Me being on a fixed small monthly income $ matters to me so thank you Cookie Co 831, you really do take great care of me.” —annebme

Herbal Pain Relief Center

10736 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA

You can spin Herbal Pain Relief Center’s unique prize wheel during Patient Appreciation Days (Wednesdays and Saturdays with a minimum $20 purchase) and as a first time patient for free products; they also have a generous referral program offering 1.5 grams for free when you refer a friend.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Store is clean and you feel safe. Products are top notch and the staff is more then helpful. Ask about the Daily Deal—budtender Brittanie informed me of it and I walked out of there buying an extra 8th because I couldn’t say no to 5 grams of Church OG for $35! PEACE” —1kushking

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Colorado

Elk Mountain Trading Post

170 E. 3rd St., De Beque, CO

Elk Mountain Trading Post offers $6 top shelf gram specials with no limits on purchasing—while supplies last. Check out their glass selection boasting the lowest prices on cannabis accessories in the area.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“The atmosphere in Elk Mountain Trading Post is phenomenal. Inviting and friendly. Very clean. The bud tenders are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Shopping here is a very fun experience. Can’t beat their prices and $6 a gram deals!! I can’t wait to tell all my friends and family to check it out.” —lolad5 

Elements

1534 55th St., Boulder, CO

With a Daily Flower Special every day of the week, you’ll find eighths for $22, quarters for $44, half ounces for $82, and full ounces for $164 at Elements. Early bird ounce specials ($110) run from 8 to 10 a.m.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“First time visiting Elements and I will be back! I live in Longmont and there is very limited selection here and most of them usually never run any deals. I’m willing to travel for good buds and most importantly deals. I went here and asked what deals they had on ounces and they told me that it was $30 out the door for an ounce of shake (tax included)! Not only that but they let me get half indica and half sativa which is PERFECT since I’m on all day smoker. The shake is really nice, not dry or overloaded with stems. I don’t mind shake because I prefer to roll my smoke but you really can’t beat this! Not sure if it’s all the time but I was intending on getting the $50 oz of shake that I saw on Leafbuyer so I’m extremely pleased. I will be returning!” —EmilyS

WholeMeds

3450 E. Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

You’ll get 10% off the whole menu if you head in early to WholeMeds—early bird specials run for the first two hours they’re open. Veterans also receive a 10% discount. Keep an eye on the $18 eighths, and sign up for customer membership for additional deals.

What Leafly Users Are Saying: 

“This is by far the best dispensary I’ve been to. The staff are always nice and the atmosphere is peaceful. And they got the best deals on quality medication. No matter what I always recommend wholemeds to anyone that wants more bang for their buck.” —pughdp303 

Todays Health Care

975 W. Fillmore St., Colorado Springs, CO

Stop by Todays Health Care Monday through Friday between 2 and 3 p.m. for daily Happy Hour specials where you can get 10% off your entire order. They also offer $1 joints when you bring in canned goods for their current food drive (limit on five cans). Sign up for their daily deal discounts and get offers delivered to you by text. 

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Today’s Health Care is definitely my favorite dispensary in the Springs. They always have the best prices and the absolute best selection of products that range from flower to edibles and come in a wide array of strains. The budtenders are very friendly and always make sure that the customer gets a great deal. Great place!” —jslewis

The Hemp Center – Colorado Springs

2501 W Colorado Ave #106, Colorado Springs, CO

When you sign up as a member at The Hemp Center, you’ll receive a $1 eighth on the spot, plus another every year you renew. Bonuses include $1 birthday eighths, 15% off edibles and concentrates, discounted flower (between $5 to $25 off), monthly “you call it” ounce specials for $100, and one $10 product credit to spend on whatever you’d like.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Best prices and deals, always get the best bang for your buck, just can’t beat the prices, and quality is out of this world … [you] have to try Mob Boss and Ghost and Sensi Star.” —taylormade5290

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Nevada

The Source – Henderson

9480 S. Eastern Blvd., Ste. 185, Las Vegas, NV

Beyond The Source’s industry, veteran, and senior discounts (all 10% off), they throw a first time patient special that grants you one of the following with a $20 purchase: The+Source value gram of flower, The+Source pre-roll, The+Source .5g of concentrate, or a pack of five THC distillate capsules.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“My daughter and I LOVE this location, not only because it’s only a few blocks from my home but because of the staff that are there to help you and they offer great products with reasonable prices! I’ve been to a lot of dispensaries but this one is the one you must try. Thank you Henderson staff…you’re the BEST!!” —sassygal52

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Oregon

Diem Cannabis

1040 Commercial St. S.E., Salem, OR

With discounts for both veterans (15%) and seniors (10%), Diem Cannabis also offers birthday discounts at 10% off to join in on your celebration. Their loyalty program gets you 30% off after 12 stamps, and a current special running through October 1 offers excellent values on edibles ($2.75), pre-rolls ($2.95), and grams ($3.75).

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“This place is awesome! Really great atmosphere and a very welcoming staff 🙂 GREAT specials! HIGH quality products!” —Kristaj23

The New Amsterdam

2201 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 

With timely deals such as the Rise n’ Shine n’ Feel Fine (15% off the entire store between 10 and 11 a.m.) and Flower Hour (10% off eighths and 15% off ounces every day from 8 to 10 p.m.), The New Amsterdam knows how to treat their customers. Additional weekly specials include Medible Mondays and Waxy Wednesdays.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

This is a fantastic store. Good quality, helpful staff, and excellent prices. Definitely my preferred Portland location.” —Ygritte

Eugreen Health Center – Willamette St.

1111 Willamette St., Eugene, OR

With deals almost every day of the week, Eugreen Health Center provides low prices for every type of consumer. Whether you head in on Shatterday Saturday (20% off select cartridges and extracts) or Wellness Wednesday (15% off all topicals), you’ll find a product for any possible need. Music fans rejoice: Eugreen also offers 10% off your full purchase when you bring in the ticket stub of a concert you’ve attended within the last 7 days.

What Leafly Users Are Saying: 

“Wow! Came in Thursday, with limited budget. Walked out with fine weed! Taylor is the man! He listened while I told him what I wanted. I got more smoke-able flower than I first thought and still had beer money! Thanks, Taylor! See you next week!” —voodude41

Deanz Greenz Portland – Sandy

10518B N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR

First time patients to Deanz Greenz receive a free pre-roll with an added lighter. Deanz also offers a daily Happy Hour starting at 4:20 and lasting until 7:10 p.m. (get it?) with 15% off your entire order during that time. Check out their rotating specials for additional savings.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“As a deal hunter, I appreciate these prices. Literally nobody else in town has better deals. And the pot is as good or better than anywhere else I’ve found. I feel like I’m getting ripped off if I ever don’t buy from here” —MaxLeatha

OG Collective – Cross St.

1255 Cross St. S.E., Ste. 150, Salem, OR 

Daily sales and “Super Sales” ($4 grams and $13 eighths) are a constant practice at OG Collective—and that’s in addition to their military discounts (10%), senior citizen (10%), birthday discounts (10%), and even review discounts (10%) for dedicated customers.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“I’ve been to all of the OGs in Salem and this is my favorite by far. I love that they have ranges of pricing so everyone can find something dank. They always have new oil and edibles and goodies. Plus whatever is on sale for 15.60 an 1/8th is almost always a great option, and at the price who can complain! I also love how friendly and receptive the staff is here, especially Erik. The more times I come in the more things I find that I love about this place. Would hands down always recommend a stop at OG to anyone, even just to look around!!” —MissyDabs 

Phresh Start

1623 21st St., Springfield, OR

Phresh Start offers a continual discount for veterans (10%) and seniors (10%), and on Thank You Thursdays those numbers grow to 20%. They even cater to CBD lovers on CBD Sundays with 10% off all CBD products, as well as weekly specials surrounding flower, edibles, shatter, and topicals (like Phresh Phriday Shatter Deals every Friday).

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“This is the best place to get what you need. No one beats their prices for the quality. I’m in there almost every day. The owners and employees make you feel like part of a family. If you have not visited Phresh Start then you need to stop by. You will not need to go to any other place. THANK YOU GUYS FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK” —gnharvey

Hi Cascade – Eugene

25561 Hwy 126, Veneta, OR

With sales occurring almost every day (such as the current “Dabtoberfest” with deals on concentrates), Hi Cascade also provides daily specials including 20% off for medical patients every Monday; 20% off Shango products and 25% off all glass on Sundays; and first time referral deals.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Very knowledgeable friendly staff, and prices you can’t beat. I look for the best bang for my buck before I venture out….and every time I find myself heading out to Veneta. A bit of a drive for me, but worth it every time.” —5Goodwins 

Deanz Greenz Portland – Foster

5625 S.E. 85th Ave., Portland, OR

Deanz Greenz provides deals at both locations in the form of $18 eighths and $5 grams, and just like at the Sandy location, you’ll find first time patient gifts and a daily Happy Hour from 4:20 to 7:10 p.m. with 15% off your entire order during that time.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Super chill friendly helpful staff. Great prices for quality flower. $5 grams killer deal! They gave me a free lighter for my first time visiting, I’m sure some are thinking, a free lighter ‘big deal’ but it’s a Bic and most shops don’t offer anything for first time visits anymore. I’d definitely recommend this shop to a friend, and I will be back for sure. They have several 8ths priced at just $15. Probably my new favorite shop in Portland.” —NorthWestJim

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Washington

The Joint Wenatchee

1510 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee, WA

The Joint Wenatchee features daily specials such as Munchie Monday and Wax Wednesdays, as well as a customer loyalty program that shaves 20% off every tenth visit. Sign up for deal updates by text so you’ll always be in the know.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“The Joint is the BEST! They have the largest selection in the area with price points to fit any budget, and their daily deals make their quality products even cheaper!! My favorite days are Munchie Monday (20% off edibles) and Phat Tuesday (20% off all Phat Panda products AND discounts on half & full ounces)!!! Love the products, love the prices and love the staff ❤ you guys rock!” —terperella                                                                                                              

Kushman’s Lynnwood

15804 Hwy 99, Unit A, Lynnwood, WA

Kushman’s in Lynnwood has a permanent 15% off select items daily. They’re also running 15% off your first visit on all products, 15% off every 10th visit, $5 grams, $15 eights, and $30 quarters happening through October 1st.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Kushman’s is dope! I come here at least once a week and Nathan and the rest of the staff are always super helpful. Great deals and loyal program, check them out!” —HSherwoodChohrach

The Joint – Tacoma

2409 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA

The Joint in Tacoma offers $3 joints on Fridays (“with plans to make them three cents each in the future,” according to their dispensary page). Their deals don’t stop at rolled cannabis; returning customers get 20% off every tenth visit applied to their entire order.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“I absolutely adore this shop, the price range is unbeatable, and I can’t even believe the price on some of these strains and growers. They top my list after nearly 4 years of visiting shops around the country!” —SoSuperSpooky 

Green Token – Lacey

430 Carpenter Rd. S.E., Unit A, Lacey, WA

Green Token offers a 5% discount for veterans as well as 10% off every tenth visit for returning customers. They also provide rotating deals on cannabis brands, such as $20 half grams for Altus cartridges happening now.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“After experiencing the phenomenal customer service at Green Token, I will be back again! Their staff was SUPER knowledgeable about all kinds of products. They really do have high quality/powerful stuff for the best prices. I travel all around the Greater Seattle area and the Sound for work and have been in many shops. Hands down GT’s prices for their quality stuff is the BEST in Washington State. Phenomenal oil, flower, and glass selections. Definitely will be back once I am in the area again!!! WOW.” —kml2001 

Highway 7 – Recreational

7046 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, WA

Highway 7 keeps their deals undercover with select “secret” in-store sales and products that are constantly rotating. They strive to provide the lowest price for the best quality, so see what deals you discover on your next visit.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Great deals on concentrate! $25 for a gram of 88% shatter. Definitely can’t find that anywhere else in Tacoma!” —helllllobrooke

Greenhand – Spokane

2424 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA

Weekly deals include Wax Wednesdays ($5 off concentrates) and Top Shelf Tuesdays (15% off top shelf flower such as Artizen and Fireline). For generous deals on edibles, head in for Snack Sunday and receive 20% off all edibles products.

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“I can’t say enough good things about Greenhand and their staff but let me try anyway! Great people to help you get the great product at great prices. I’ve likely been to every 502 shop in Spokane since we/WA went legal and these cats are doing it all right. Even better, besides the mind-bending array of amazing strains from growers I’m not yet familiar with – they’re starting to stock the local favorites like Virginia Co and Fireline. <3 Greehand” —zkid64

Seattle Tonics

12059 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle, WA

Seattle Tonics offers Green Haven half ounces for $120 or less in addition to their current Mix n’ Match special where you can receive 7g for as little as $25. Don’t forget to check their deals on ZootRocks ($18) and ZootDrops ($20). 

What Leafly Users Are Saying:

“Awesome prices, selection, and store layout. They have something for all tastes and budgets and their handy dandy order sheets are indeed handy dandy! I like being free to browse without the budtender hanging over my shoulder the whole time but they’re still readily available to answer questions and help out!” —sp4cec4t

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Dispensary Appreciation Days: How to Give Back to Your Customers

The cannabis industry is a unique community, and giving back to that community is a wonderful way to foster camaraderie as well as gain loving and loyal clients. Hosting a themed Customer Appreciation Day at your dispensary is a smart tactic to get some unique clients through your door and show them how much they mean to you. Below are a few examples of different Appreciation Days thrown by dispensaries and cannabusinesses to help inspire you to plan one of your own.

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Patients Appreciation Day

A simple Patients Appreciation Day is a great way to acknowledge the challenges medical marijuana patients face every day and to show patients that you care about helping them overcome (or at least better manage) these challenges. For example, you can create a special on certain products that are particularly aimed at medical cannabis patients, such as high-CBD strains or infused topical lotions.

California Herbal Remedies (CHR) is one of Leafly’s top dispensaries in California, and at least one of the reasons it’s so well-known is its devotion to its patients. The location regularly hosts patient appreciation celebrations, featuring deals, giveaways, and even celebrity guests and musicians. Take a page from this long-running dispensary and treat your patients like royalty.

Veterans Appreciation Day

Another great opportunity for your business is to pay tribute to military veterans. With so many veterans who rely on cannabis, often for service-related injuries or ailments, it can be very impactful to have even one day where you and your dispensary go out of your way to honor them and show your appreciation. If you happen to have a larger percentage of veterans that frequent your shop, you might even consider making this a regular event, or maintaining a veteran’s discount for those with a military identification.

At Santa Cruz Veteran’s Alliance, every day is Veterans Appreciation Day. The dispensary not only offers a daily 15% discount for veterans, it also honors military service through its Veterans Compassion Program (VCP), which meets with the veteran community every first Monday of the month and gives away free cannabis to collective members.

Pets Appreciation Day

Throwing a Pet Appreciation Day is a hugely popular event, but it can be a bit tricky to pull off depending on how strictly your state regulates dispensaries.

Vela Cannabis in Seattle recently hosted a Pets Appreciation Day, where customers’ pets were welcome to visit the dispensary. The promotion offered special deals on pet-friendly CBD products and even had a photo booth for “puptastic” selfies.

(Courtesy of Vela)

By all accounts, the day was a raucous success. A portion of all proceeds went toward supporting the Hurricane Harvey Pet Relocation efforts put forth by the Seattle Humane Society, and the day even featured adoptable pups from Emerald City Pet Rescue. The event proved to be a wonderful way to celebrate clients’ furry friends, support local pet shelters, and help some furbabies find their forever homes.

Budtenders Appreciation Day

A slightly more unorthodox but increasingly invaluable idea is hosting a Budtenders Appreciation Day. Much like an industry night, offering a day (or evening) to recognize and celebrate those who work hard in the dispensary will keep employee morale high and show your staff how much you care about and appreciate their hard work. Keep in mind that even during a Budtenders Appreciation Day, you’ll still need to have budtenders staffing the dispensary, but perhaps you can reward your hard-working employees by giving them a future day off and a well-earned discount or some free goodies.

DOPE Magazine held several Budtenders Appreciation Days (or B.A.D. parties) earlier this year with much success. Sponsors offered topical massages, dab bars, joint rolling contests, swag bags, food, games, product samples, and more.

Have you had success with appreciation events at your dispensary? Let us know in the comments!

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“Exchanging Prohibition for Extreme Regulation”: Toronto Braces for New Cannabis Reality

A month before Project Claudia began, Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott announced that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would introduce legalization legislation in the spring of 2017.

On the heels of this announcement, the dispensary market in Toronto, which had previously been operating in relative obscurity for decades, exploded. “There was this little period where I promise you it felt like cannabis was legal in Toronto,” says Cory Thompson, who owns two dispensaries in the city. “There was this overall feeling that cannabis was legal in Canada. Like quasi. It’s coming. We’re there. It’s all good. Then boom. The raids start. They start swarming all the dispensaries.”

“I wanted to be a patient and patient provider at the table but they aren’t even listening to us.”

dispensary owner and MMJ patient Cory Thompson

Thompson has multiple sclerosis and in 2012, while confined to a wheelchair, he began studying the medical potential of cannabis. Intrigued, he sought out a compassion club which secured him affordable access to the plant. He purchased a pound of bud, turned it into oil, and a few days later, his big toe moved. He skipped his next doctor’s appointment. Three weeks later, he was out of the wheelchair and moving with the assistance of a walker.

During his recovery, Thompson had to travel long distances to pick up his medicine, making trips that were often difficult and exhausting. It was enough to push him into business. With a partner, he opened a compassion club of his own, with reduced prices for medical patients. After a few years of operation, the club was raided and shut down.

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“It’s frustrating,” he says. “If you want weed you can go get it but if you want medicine, and you need it at an affordable rate, what I call dignified access, that’s few and far between.”

For the time being, Thompson is optimistic that his dispensaries will remain open. He is extremely thorough with his client screening, checking paperwork and medical records and calling doctors, but he’s not sure what the future holds. The threat of robbery or raid, Thompson says, even for those doing their due diligence, is a thought that never really goes away.

“It’s fucking trying, man. It’s not what I signed up for. I thought we were going to get regulated. I wanted to be part of that. I wanted to be a voice for the future, for regulation, for patients voices to be heard.

“I wanted to be a patient and patient provider at the table but they aren’t even listening to us.”

Shocking News from Ontario

(John Hryniuk for Leafly)

Last week, things got worse for dispensary owners. The Ontario government unveiled their plan for legalization. The province intends to restrict sales of legal cannabis to 150 government-run stores and a government-run website. Like vermin, the independent dispensaries will be eradicated.

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Almost immediately, the announcement prompted anger and disappointment. “Prohibition is not being lifted,” Harris says, “They are exchanging prohibition with extreme regulation.”

“This is a tyrannical plan from the provincial government,” says Jack Lloyd, a Toronto-based cannabis lawyer. “It’s a ridiculous plan and it doesn’t respect the cannabis culture that exists. It doesn’t respect the cannabis community that exists. It’s an attempt to deracinate our entire community and it doesn’t respect patients’ rights.”

Lloyd is not interested in the recreational side of the issue. The government can have that, he says, “but medical cannabis dispensaries are vital and patients deserve to be able to go to a storefront dispensary to be able to access their medicine.”

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“Prohibition is not being lifted. They are exchanging prohibition with extreme regulation.”

dispensary owner Trevor Harris

Last month, in Ontario Superior Court, Lloyd argued that dispensaries cannot be prohibited from operating when the government’s current medical cannabis system is broken and can’t keep up with demand. He was fighting on behalf of the Hamilton Village Dispensary, which had been ordered to shut down by the City of Hamilton. The judge sided with Lloyd, ruling that the dispensary could stay open as long as they were supplying medical cannabis to patients with a valid prescription.

A similar case will be before the courts next week in Toronto. What happens there will impact how the city handles dispensaries moving forward. “If they win there, the city is going to be forced to license them,” Lloyd says. “This is the big fight.”

Paul Lewin is one of the lawyers involved in that case and, like Lloyd, he’s frustrated by the proposed Ontario regulations.

“This plan is not very popular across a large part of the cannabis community,” he says. “[The dispensaries] are going to be driven further underground, which of course makes things less safe for Toronto. Prohibition has that effect, you drive industry further underground. So instead of well-lit stores on main streets in which they are security guards and tested products, it’s a little more old-school, which is a little less safe, but I don’t think they’re going away. The cannabis community has suffered through 100 years of prohibition and they are resilient.”

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Lewin, who represented many of the employees who were caught up in Project Claudia, says that the raids disproportionately affect young working Canadians.

“These are very serious charges that are being laid against these young people,” he says, “Some of whom were having a hard time finding a job, some who are medical patients and have great sympathy for other medical patients and have valuable knowledge and skills. They are facing very serious jeopardy. They are still Harper-era mandatory minimums on the books. I think it’s really irresponsible to be using the criminal law in this way.”

It is difficult to identify the motivating force behind the raids, though they are some popular theories.

(John Hryniuk for Leafly)

“I think it’s being pushed by higher ups,” says Paul Lewin. “I can tell you that many cops are not very excited about these raids and realize that it’s really a very low policing priority. This is being pushed from above. Dispensaries have been operating openly in Toronto for about 20 years and no one cared too much about them until we started to get closer to legalization. Ironically, it’s on the eve of legalization, when the government announces their plans for legal cannabis, that they want to launch an enforcement summit to shut down dispensaries? They’re most concerned now? When it’s about to be legal? Which really tells you what their priorities about. They’ve got this public health fig leaf that they are trying to hold up but it’s not about public health, it’s about them making money and protecting their turf.”

“It reeks of cronyism. (LPs) are using the police to enforce their business plan. It’s terrifying.”

cannabis lawyer Jack Lloyd

Some point to Canada’s licensed producers (LPs), the federally approved growing operations whose relationship with the dispensaries is acrimonious, at best. Many of the LPs are staffed with board members with political ties and individuals who were once waging the war on cannabis and are now putting themselves in a position to cash in once legalization arrives.

Former Toronto Police chief Bill Blair is handling the legalization file for Trudeau’s government. Kim Derry, who served as deputy chief under Blair, is the security adviser for THC Meds Ontario. Former Ontario deputy premier George Smitherman is also employed by the company. Canopy Growth, the largest publicly-traded medical marijuana company in Canada, was founded by Chuck Rifici while he was CFO of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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“It reeks of cronyism,” Lloyd says. “The problem is they are using the police to enforce their business plan. It’s terrifying, to be frank. And mark my words they are going to go through and arrest literally hundreds of Canadians under the age of 25, who believe in the cannabis plant and work in this world and really would never have anything to do, or never have any interaction otherwise, with criminal law.

“They could have very easily, simply licensed all the existing dispensaries and that would have solved this problem. Instead, they’ve elected to declare war on a group of political activists, moderate civil disobedient activists, cannabis enthusiasts and cannabis legalization activists. They are just arresting the culture. To say that it’s draconian is an understatement.”


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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Washington, Fall 2017

THE LEAFLY LIST: WASHINGTON

Fall 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Washington. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

Seattle, WA

Pot Stop Marijuana Dispensary Seattle Washington Leafly List(Courtesy of Pot Stop)

Pot Stop, centrally located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, makes a point of catering directly to individual requests. Whether visitors are after medicinal potency, splurge-worthy top shelf flower, or the best available no-frills deals, warm, welcoming budtenders behind the counter will happily guide any customer in the right direction.

Index: 93.76

What to Buy: Fire OG from Artizen Cannabis

Also Featured In: Washington Retail Cannabis Shops with Medical Marijuana Endorsements

What People Are Saying:

“The best place in Seattle to actually SHOP for cannabis. The staff are reliable and give you great recommendations that are genuinely motivated by getting you the best product. These guys do it right every time, I’ll always shop here.” —Schueler24

George, WA

(Courtesy of Grass Station George)

The Grass Station is conveniently located in close proximity to the Gorge, making it popular among locals as well as those just passing through. Friendly and professional staff, a large selection, and impressive deals round out to make this dispensary a must-visit for those in George.

Index: 88.96

What to Buy: Acapulco Gold cartridge from Avitas

What People Are Saying:

“No doubt—this is my favorite shop in this state. The people are wonderful and knowledgeable and the products are bar none. Swing by, totally worth it!” —bruhip

Seattle, WA

(Courtesy of Fweedom Cannabis)

Not only is Fweedom Cannabis friendly, they’re also pet friendly! Customers don’t have to leave their dogs behind when they browse the wide selection at this Aurora Avenue dispensary, which is known for its team of welcoming, expert budtenders, reasonable prices, and commitment to quality.

Index: 88.88

What to Buy: Paradise Indica Tincture from Ethos

What People Are Saying:

“I have been a customer at Fweedom since 2012 and have always been impressed by the quality of their products! The prices are unbeatable, their customer service is top notch and their clean professional environment is what has kept me as a consistent returning customer for the past 5 years. Fweedom is a prime example of what the marijuana industry should be striving for! Thank you for being the best, Fweedom!” —Dreidabs

Moses Lake, WA

Apex Cannabis Moses Lake Washington Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

Offering a wide selection of locally-grown cannabis, Apex is proud to keep it close to home at their Moses Lake location. They travel to each farm represented in their store to get to know their farmers and their products, so you know you’re getting the best hand-picked quality cannabis straight from the source.

Index: 88.84

What People Are Saying:

“I truly LOVE Apex! I have no doubt that when I walk into one of their store’s I will be treated like a person and not just a customer. Everyone is very friendly and so knowledgeable about the product they sell and are so helpful when you have something you are looking for or if you need a certain strain for, ailments, for example, such as pain or sleeping. Whether you’re looking for edibles with more CBD and less THC or leaning toward oils with indica rather than sativa this crew truly knows their stuff. I thoroughly enjoy going to Apex.” —pixie637

Port Townsend, WA

(Courtesy of Discovery Bay Cannabis)

Any dispensary that’s located in an old, repurposed train is awesome by default, but Discovery Bay goes above and beyond. The staff at this unique Port Townsend destination are most concerned with matching people with the strains and products that will work best for them, and visitors appreciate the friendly vibe and wide selection.

Index: 88.24

Also Featured In: The 9 Most Unique Cannabis Dispensaries

What People Are Saying:

“This is one of the coolest spots around. Amazing and knowledgeable staff. They’re all so friendly, I love how they feature products grown locally and fantastic prices!” —tenderpoison956

Seattle, WA

Located just minutes from the airport, Kush21 – Burien’s 1st Pot Shop strives to be the area’s most convenient, affordable cannabis destination. Though they’re relatively new on the scene, they’ve already built up a large base of loyal customers who appreciate the friendly service, fair prices, and welcoming atmosphere.

Index: 88.04

Also Featured In: The Closest Dispensaries to the Airport in Legal States

What People Are Saying:

“I’m visiting here from Pennsylvania and this was my first stop. I felt very welcome and it was very professional. No pressure to purchase anything specific. The budtender, Oliver, was very knowledgeable and very helpful. He hooked me up with everything I needed for my stay here. I’ll definitely be back again before I leave!” —DirtyDab

Spokane, WA

(Courtesy of Royals Cannabis)(Courtesy of Royal’s Cannabis)

This Spokane dispensary’s goal is to ensure that each and every customer leaves satisfied, and it shows. People come from near and far for the lucrative daily deals, attentive budtenders, quality flower, and complimentary coffee.

Index: 87.8

What People Are Saying:

“I really like the employees. Doug is my favorite one. He is a really friendly guy. The whole crew are nice. Always very helpful! And all the employees make me feel welcome. Thanks for your great products. And prices. Love you guys.” —rebbrowser

Mountlake Terrace, WA

Rainier Cannabis Washington Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017(Courtesy of Rainier Cannabis)

Rainier Cannabis is proud to offer its famous “420 special” (four grams for $20), but don’t miss out on this location’s other great deals. According to Leafly reviews, the staff at Rainier are knowledgeable and provide wonderful service, especially for first time customers.

Index: 87.36

What People Are Saying:

“I shop here almost daily, even though there is competition nearby. The staff is always friendly, always willing to take time to help. I even know some of their names: Ian, Petros, Ray, and Miranda. They have phoned me when a product I’ve been waiting for arrives. Exceptional service! I love this store, my favorite ever.” —paulkis2017

Seattle, WA

(Courtesy of Green Fire Cannabis)

Open ‘til midnight every night, Green Fire Cannabis boasts an impressive glass gallery complete with a large selection of American-made glass. Many budtenders at this industrial-yet-welcoming dispensary transitioned from a medical to recreational market, and are comfortable making knowledgeable recommendations to a wide variety of customers.

Index: 86.88

What People are Saying:

“Fantastic dispensary — good location, great selection, great service. The prices were reasonable for the pre-rolls I picked up, and the girl behind the bar took time to help me pick out what I wanted. She even looked up strain information for me. Sitting at the bar made me want to hang out there — and the Maui Superdawg pre-rolls were fantastic. Thanks!” —paddyws

Seattle, WA

(Google Maps)

Mary’s is designed with the most seasoned cannabis connoisseurs in mind, but that doesn’t mean that newcomers should feel intimidated. The knowledgeable budtenders at this North Seattle dispensary go out of their way to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable experience, and most importantly, leaves with the product that’s right for them. Plus, they’re dog-friendly, so there’s no need to leave your best friend in the car.

Index: 86.64

What People Are Saying:

“My favorite shop on the green mile strip on Aurora! Love chatting it up with Armando about concentrates. Allie & Anthony are awesome as well! Always love walking in and seeing them, always killing it! Mary’s is the spot 🔥” —GunnerT

1817 130th Ave NE Suite B Bellevue, WA

(Courtesy of The Novel Tree)

A beautiful boutique location on the east side of Lake Washington, The Novel Tree is one-part glass art gallery and one-part bud bar, creating an innovative way to showcase its products and display its local glass artists. The location focuses on curating the best local cannabis products and building a sense of community in the cannabis movement.

Index: 86.2

What People Are Saying:

“I am a regular and they are awesome!! I rarely get my product anywhere else- very friendly and helpful staff, crazy amazing storefront and amazing product. I tell all my friends to go there when they need to restock. They often have guests come in and showcase their product (my first time I went, I met the fine folks from Sugarleaf and then another time Clandestine). Overall, great store, even better staff ❤️❤️” —MarauderOfGeese

Seattle, WA

(Courtesy of A Greener Today)

Located just a few blocks from Seattle’s light rail, this dispensary is as convenient as it is welcoming. Many of A Greener Today Marijuana’s staff members transitioned from the medical marijuana industry, so they understand the importance of working one on one with customers to help them find exactly what they’re looking for.

Index: 85.64

What People Are Saying:

“First off let me just say this place is awesome. when I first arrived inside this place the staff was very polite nobody was rude or didn’t want to help. they welcomed me with open arms. very convient for me. fantastic selection. reasonable prices. #1 favorite store now. I’ll see them today lol.” —Isaiah23

Lynnwood, WA

(Courtesy of Kushman’s)

First-time visitors to Kushman’s receive a generous 15% off their entire order, but what keeps people coming back to this Lynnwood dispensary is the team of helpful, expert staff, who are skilled at helping visitors navigate a wide selection of both value and top-shelf products to find what’s right for them.

Index: 85.6

What People Are Saying:

“Kushman’s is the best everyone there are extremely friendly and knowledgeable about there products and the quality of the buds and concentrates are are on point at the best prices I don’t go anywhere else.” —Juelz13santana

Otis Orchards-East Farms, WA

Apex Cannabis Dispensary Washington Leafly List(Courtesy of Apex Cannabis)

Located just minutes from the Idaho state line, Apex Cannabis features friendly and knowledgeable staff, daily deals, and high quality products. Reviewers are quick to praise their large selection of locally-grown cannabis, loyalty program, and cozy atmosphere, making Apex a natural addition to this month’s Leafly List.

Index: 85.84

What People Are Saying:

“Hands down the best environment, well rounded and most upbeat group of people. Answer all my questions and concerns along with recommend products that would actually work and add to my collections. I am beyond impress and overall highly recommending all my friends and family to come. I will be back and will forever be a returning customer.” —ChelsB2332

Spokane Valley, WA

(Courtesy of Cannabis and Glass Spokane Valley)(Courtesy of Cannabis & Glass Spokane Valley)

In addition to a robust loyalty program, Cannabis & Glass guarantees that no flower they carry costs over $10/gram. It makes sense, then, that they have such large and loyal group of regular customers, many of whom are on a first-name basis with the staff. If you’re a newcomer, don’t let this intimidate you—you’ll be a regular in no time at all.

Index: 85.32

What People Are Saying:

“Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Love going here every time. Thank you for everything you guys do. Would recommend to anyone!” —tyzesh

Puyallup, WA

(Courtesy of Greenhand Puyallap)(Courtesy of Greenhand Puyallup)

This Puyallup dispensary’s group of loyal customers love that the budtenders here are great at making recommendations but never push to get people to go home with products that aren’t a perfect fit.

Index: 84.92

What People Are Saying:

“Every time I go into there store, I always have a pleasant time. Everyone who works there are very friendly, I live over 40 miles away from them but I would never want to go anywhere else. I would recommend this store to anyone I know.” —Edmonson86

Covington, WA

Euphorium Covington Washington Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017(Courtesy of Euphorium Covington)

Euphorium in Covington offers a wide selection of premium products that will keep you coming back for more. Their knowledgeable staff is always ready to answer any questions with quick and friendly service. Whether you’re an avid consumer or completely new to cannabis, this shop has you covered.

Index: 84.64

What People Are Saying:

“When you’re just getting into embracing the legality of weed, going to shops can be anxiety inducing. Personally, knowing you have to walk in the store but not knowing exactly what to do next and risking embarrassing yourself is actually very unsettling. This is not the case here. I love this location and I gladly make the drive though other places may be closer to me. When I walk into a shop I know I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m looking for service from someone who doesn’t make me feel stupid for not knowing what I’m doing. That is what I got here. I always ask for suggestions for sativas, indicas, hybrids, etc. and I’ve never disappointed in the suggestions or the friendly service.” —bbs3

4033 NE Sunset Blvd, Suite 5 Renton, WA

Emerald Haze cannabis dispensary in Renton, Washington(Courtesy of Emerald Haze)

Voted “Best in Renton 2016” by the Renton Reporter, Emerald Haze Cannabis Emporium is a high-quality recreational dispensary raising the bar in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors love the friendly budtenders and solid product selection.

Index: 84.28

What People Are Saying:

“Great crew and fair prices! Customer service is wonderful, knowledgeable staff, large variety of product. Green Acres and Artizen are my jam and they always have some there 🙂 plus, cheapest price for the IndigoPro I’ve seen yet! Smart move to shop here if you’re in the area.” —dazetrip

Woodinville, WA

(Rick_Thompson/iStock)

The friendly staff at Euphorium’s Woodinville location have a special knack for helping customers narrow down their vast selection of high-quality cannabis to just a few items, turning what may initially seem like an insurmountable task into a perfectly manageable (and pleasant) one.

Index: 84.2

What People Are Saying:

“I like the crew here. Friendly staff, great at narrowing your choices without being overbearing. They help you select your exact needs in a great way.” —Kerouac71

Seattle, WA

(Courtesy of Diego Pellicer)(Courtesy of Diego Pellicer)

Leafly reviewers have likened the interior of Diego Pellicer to lobby of a fancy hotel, a high-end jewelry shop, and a museum (among other things). Whatever it reminds you of, the quality of this Seattle dispensary extends beyond its physical space. The staff go out of their way to answer any questions, and customers are overwhelmingly pleased with both the quality and selection of the products.

Index: 83.96

What People Are Saying:

“Diego Pellicer has risen above the others to become my go-to shop. Great selection, quality products, and I am hard pressed to find better deals on my favorite picks. The staff are seriously impressive. They have walked me through my first vape pen, answered product questions, and never steered me wrong on suggestions or alternatives. I so appreciate their patience and wisdom.” —pammsamm

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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Oregon, Fall 2017

THE LEAFLY LIST: OREGON

Fall 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Oregon. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

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Molalla, OR

(Courtesy of Shango Molalla)(Courtesy of Shango Molalla)

If you’re wondering how a dispensary can be sophisticated and laid back at the same time, it might be time you paid a visit to Shango’s Molalla location. Its thoroughly modern interior mixed with its laid-back (yet very helpful) staff makes customers in Clackamas and Marion counties feel right at home.

Index: 88.92

What to Buy: Aloe Vera Cannabis Gel from Sativa Valley Farms

What People Are Saying:

“Super cool, mellow spot. I went in on a whim after moving to the local area and I found my regular shop from here on out. Jake helped me out and was highly knowledgeable and more than happy to answer any and all questions I had, let me see various strains and went over the various pre-rolls. It was a good trip to the shop and the smoke was fantastic. I definitely found my new spot.” —Deltawhiskey215

Beaverton, OR

(Courtesty of Green Mart)(Courtesy of Green Mart)

Green Mart prides itself in being a one-stop shop, offering a large selection of non-GMO, organic cannabis and cannabis accessories. Customers appreciate that they accept debit and credit cards, and are pleased with both the quality and quantity of strains and products available.

Index: 86.88

What to Buy: Amnesia Haze Tincture from Cascadia Herbals

What People Are Saying:

“This is my go-to spot. They were the first nearby cannabis shop to accept debit/credit cards and they remain the place that I can rely on to have the best selection and consistently great product. But the best part of this shop is the people, including Zach – super helpful, knowledgeable and generous. You guys have created at least one loyal, very appreciative, customer.” —Kosteo

1300 NW 9th St Corvallis, OR

(Courtesy of High Quality)

High Quality is a locally owned and operated dispensary in Corvallis. The budtenders are patients themselves who understand their patients’ needs and are eager to educate customers on the nuances of cannabis.

Index: 85.72

What to Buy: Blue Kush Concentrate from Apollo Grown

What People Are Saying:

“I was treated wonderfully from the moment I walked in the door. I had a lot of questions and they had all the answers with a smile. Such a great atmosphere!” —Cccordell

Tillamook, OR

(Courtesy of Nectar Tillamook)

Nectar’s Tillamook location may not have the biggest physical footprint, but they manage to pack a ton of premium, small-batch, sustainable cannabis into this cozy and inviting space. With generous daily deals, discounts for military members and seniors, and a top-notch staff of truly compassionate and professional budtenders, it’s no wonder this dispensary has such glowing reviews on Leafly.

Index: 85.6

What People Are Saying:

“I have been to many dispensaries in Washington and Oregon and Nectar in Tillamook went straight to the top. Nice clean environment with a menu that was so large I almost went cross eyed. The variety and options for price ranges was awesome. On top of this my bartender, Daylan was amazing. He steered me to some killer strains that I may have not tried before and his customer service skills was top notch going as far as double checking my prerolls to make sure there were no cracks or rips. Every time I go near Tillamook I will be stopping in” —ArkhamStone

Grants Pass, OR

(Courtesy of Tamerans)

The strain wall at Tamerans is designed to let customers get up close and personal with an abundant selection of flower before they commit, and a team of helpful budtenders are always available to answer any questions. Those looking to get in and out in a hurry shouldn’t worry, though, this Grants Pass dispensary keeps their Leafly menu updated to facilitate speedy purchases.

Index: 85.32

What People Are Saying:

“Great deals, friendly staff, dank bud with a good atmosphere, going to be a repeat customer for sure!” —Tenaya

Springfield, OR

(Courtesy of Phresh Start)

Phresh Start is a family-owned dispensary in the community of Springfield that treats everyone who walks in the door like extended members of the family. This clean and inviting shop offers an impressive array of daily deals on high-quality products along with a few surprise discounts for Ducks fans.

Index: 84.0

What People Are Saying:

“The folks at Phresh Start are awesome to say the least! The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is mellow. They have great selection and great prices. Every time I go somewhere else I find myself wishing I had just gone there instead. They are the best in the area without a doubt!” —420honeymama

Portland, OR

(Courtesy of Nectar Burlingame)

An enormous selection of flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals means that there’s something for everyone at Nectar, and visitors to this Portland dispensary are sure to leave happy no matter what day of the week they stop in. (But Leafly reviewers seem most excited about Sunday Fundays.)

Index: 83.36

What People Are Saying:

“Best dispensary in town in my personal opinion. Every staff member is always super knowledgeable, friendly, and makes every visit a great experience. If you are in Portland visiting or just looking to try a new dispensary there is no where else I would recommend!! (They also have amazing bud :), ask for any TJ’s flower and you will be in for a treat)!” —zaltman23

Salem, OR USA

(Courtesy of Diem)

Diem Cannabis has everything going for it—great deals, genuine staff members, high-quality cannabis, and a downright beautiful storefront. The only downside of using the free delivery service at this Salem dispensary offers is not being able to soak up all the good vibes going on in their Instagram-worthy space.

Index: 81.92

What People Are Saying:

“Great place to go! Diem Cannabis has a variety of top-shelf strains at affordable prices for everyone. The budtenders are all AMAZING and treat their customers well. Shout out to Johnny and Zack for their fantastic customer service! GO to DIEM…you will not be disappointed!!!” —GShiv13OR

Ashland, OR

(Courtesy of House of Leaves)(Courtesy of House of Leaves)

The House of Leaves team prides itself on catering to the needs of every patient. This wheelchair-accessible dispensary offers senior and military discounts as well as daily deals, and patients always report leaving satisfied with the customer service and purchases.

Index: 81.88

What People Are Saying:

“These wonderful people were super helpful and kind from the moment I walked in the door, good product and very knowledgeable staff! Ricky and Stormy thanks again!” —maxwellglass

Eugene, OR

Sweet Tree Farms Oregon Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017(Courtesy of Sweet Tree Farms)

Their commitment to providing small-batch, locally-grown cannabis and their team of friendly, helpful staff make Sweet Tree Farms one of Eugene’s finest dispensaries. Customers appreciate that they’re not pushed through the transaction, and reviewers are consistently pleased with the large selection.

Index: 80.8

What People Are Saying:

“Very friendly and knowledgeable staff that is willing to take their time to explain the different products and strains to customers. The daily $5 gram choices are awesome and provide real value as well as a great experience for budget conscious folks. Their other products, too, are sensational. Overall after shopping at several of the local places, I keep coming back to Sweet Tree Farms for their customer service and value. Give them a try I’m sure you will find a new place to call home.” —Ssgtkid

Springfield, OR USA

(Courtesy of Hi Cascade Springfield)

Inside this cute green and white building are some of the lowest cannabis prices in Springfield. Plus, the prices shown on their menu are after tax, making it easy to calculate whether an extra pre-roll (or two) is in the budget. This dispensary may have low prices, but it doesn’t sacrifice quality; Leafly reviewers are often quick to rave about how pleased they are with their purchases.

Index: 80.76

What People Are Saying:

“We almost missed this small but cool place. Pricing is great, staff knew their shit and the flower took away a headache I’ve had for a week, now I can get back to life being out of pain. This is now my favorite store.” —Cannabisheals420

Talent, OR

Green Valley Wellness Marijuana Dispensary Talent Oregon Leafly List

Serving southern Oregon with an extensive product selection (particularly of concentrates, edibles, and pre-rolls), Green Valley Wellness has earned a stellar reputation for friendly staff, dependable quality, and fair pricing.

Index: 80.4

What People Are Saying:

“They have a fantastic supply of CBD only products and a very broad selection of concentrates and edibles and a very knowledgeable staff for the first time visitor to a dispensary.” —junior112233

Medford, OR USA

(Courtesy of Sensible Cannabis Company)

All of the flower at this popular Medford dispensary is grown just a few miles west in the town of Williams. Neighbors along with those just passing through appreciate this cozy shop’s downright sensible approach to high-quality local cannabis, great deals, and their commitment to the community they serve.

Index: 79.4

What People Are Saying:

“This is my favorite dispensary yet… people say it over and over again, the 420 gram is the best. All the flower I’ve gotten has been of really good quality whether it was indoor or sun-grown. They also have all the test results handy right on the counter, never seen that before! 5/5 Would recommend to friends” —leogarate

17417 SE McLoughlin Blvd Portland, OR

Maritime Cafe - Gladstone recreational cannabis dispensary in Portland, Oregon(Courtesy of Maritime Café Gladstone)

Maritime Cafe was established in 2011 to serve Oregon’s medical marijuana patients, and the store is now serving recreational consumers as well. It has a large assortment of cannabis and the comfortable cafe makes for a good place to kick back and relax while waiting for your buds.

Index: 79.12

What People Are Saying:

“Every single time I go in, it’s a great experience. Wide variety of product and the BEST customer service I’ve experienced anywhere. They have helped me navigate the giant world of weed…so much to learn. Patience and great customer service is what you’ll find here. If you’re a newbie, they will treat you like you’ve been shopping there forever. Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed!” —barleygirl

Portland, OR USA

(Courtesy of Paradise Found)(Courtesy of Paradise Found)

This Portland dispensary doesn’t just tolerate their patients’ furry friends—they love them! Pet visitors get free treats and ear scratches, and human visitors get amazing deals and terrific service.

Index: 77.92

What People Are Saying:

“Designed from a former bank, this location is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. A super wide selection of many different strains, edibles, devices, accessories, etc. The staff is super friendly and patient (especially because of the looong list of available strains). One of my favorites, especially because of its convenient location and ample parking!” —littlecrow

10020 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, OR

The Green Planet medical cannabis dispensary in Portland, Oregon(Courtesy of The Green Planet)

The Green Planet Dispensary is known for friendly customer service, top-quality cannabis, and affordable prices. It also has a huge selection of clones. The dispensary is located within The Green Planet’s Vape Shop and Lounge, which makes for a unique experience.

Index: 77.72

What People Are Saying:

This is my happy place. Their selection blows my mind. I stand there staring at all the big glass jars like a slack jawed idiot, trying to choose but I want them all! And the goodies here? So many nummy edibles, oils, and CBD products. They even have plants! I mean, could this get any better? It can! Cuz their glass is thee bestest! You need to go here or you’ll regret it. Noah & Spence took care of me today and deserve a shout out for their service. The people here give off that “I’m YOUR kind of person” vibe. They always help me find everything I need. I go here almost every day. And so should you.” —TheJerkStore83

Springfield, OR USA

(Courtesy of Deep Roots Cannabis)

This Springfield dispensary has found the sweet spot with product rotation—those looking for something new will always find it, while those looking for tried-and-true strains will leave happy, too. Plus, once a month, Deep Roots hosts a dance party complete with a live band or DJ, food truck, and deep discounts on a range of quality cannabis products. Oh, and all of their prices include tax. What’s not to love?

Index: 77.56

What People Are Saying:

“I drive all the way across town to come here! Never, ever had a negative experience! Everyone there is amazing, their variety is remarkable, and prices are perfect! My favorite place to shop!” —BiaFoFia

Springfield, OR

(Courtesy of Good Karma)

The people of Good Karma live up to their dispensary’s name, and are always looking out for their customers’ best interests. Plus, their space is downright cozy and inviting, enticing visitors to stick around and chat, catch a few scenes of a funny movie, and unwind a bit before going out and tackling the rest of the day.

Index: 77

What People Are Saying:

“These guys are great! They have a big selection & it’s hard to choose! We are always greeted kindly & the staff is extremely knowledgeable and always help me out with my questions.” —batmankerpow

Salem, OR

green-cross-cannabis-emporium-leafly-list(Courtesy of Green Cross Cannabis Emporium)

One word: bonus bags. Well, two words. Either way, this 2500 square foot dispensary knows how to wow Salem customers with some truly amazing deals, fantastic service, quality cannabis, and a beautiful dispensary showroom.

Index: 76.84

What People Are Saying:

“Extra friendly staff made me feel welcome as soon as I came in the door. Nice to see a store that actually seems to have a little bit of everything! Drew was super helpful!” —VooDooSnuuSnuu

Medford, OR

(Courtesy of Hijinx Cannabis)(Courtesy of Hijinx Cannabis)

Hijinx is a family-owned, seed-to-sale dispensary located near the Oregon border just south of Medford. In addition to carrying their own products, they also carry a range of edibles, cartridges, seeds, and accessories from other reputable companies.

Index: 76.16

What People Are Saying:

“Only the dopest spot in the area … Very chill place to walk in to and talk. Hijinx has quality products. The prices are better than anybody around too. I drive an hr to go here, 3 times a week so recommending everybody who reads this to stop by!” —Repo85

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*The Fall 2017 Leafly List uses customer service metrics from the three months prior to its month of publication.

** Nectar – Eugene (79.24), Nectar – Gresham (78.56), Nectar – Barbur (77.8) withheld due to franchise limitations.


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Leafly List: The Top Cannabis Dispensaries in British Columbia, Fall 2017

THE LEAFLY LIST: BRITISH COLUMBIA

Fall 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in British Columbia. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the territory based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

778 Fort St. Victoria, British Columbia

(Courtesy of Cloud Nine)(Courtesy of Cloud Nine)

Cloud Nine in Victoria is a modern dispensary with a comfortable atmosphere. Its central location makes it a convenient stop, and its potent flowers will keep you coming back for more.

Index: 95.08

What to Buy: Death Bubba Live Budder from Cloud Nine Victoria

What People Are Saying:

“Such a professional and exquisite experience. The staff were extremely helpful and well educated on what was most beneficial for me.” —Cnicast

Aldergrove, BC CA

(Courtesy of Starbuds Aldergrove)

Starbuds Aldergrove is committed to clearing up the confusion surrounding cannabis while helping patients find relief. This welcoming dispensary is known for its vast selection of delectable edibles, but those looking for flower, concentrates, or topicals will surely be impressed, too.

Index: 93.84

What to Buy: CBD Infused Rose + Mint Bath Bomb from Organa

What People Are Saying:

“Excellent location, a nice clean and warm atmosphere. Extremely knowledgeable, kind and friendly staff, signup was quick. Jamie was my budtender, very honest, friendly and helpful with excellent suggestions. By far, one of the largest selections of high quality products I’ve seen. Will most definitely be back very soon!!” —CorkyG

3004B 31st Street Vernon, British Columbia

(Courtesy of MMJ Total Healthcare)(Courtesy of MMJ Total Health Care)

Considered one of the best access points for cannabis in the Okanagans, MMJTHC incorporates education and a professional approach to providing compassionate care to its patients. Its extensive menu includes a variety of dried cannabis flower, including high-CBD strains and other products like oils, extracts, and its in-house topicals line, Skynn Inc. MMJTHC also offers shipping throughout Canada.

Index: 93.76

What to Buy: Critical Kush flower from MMJ Total Healthcare

Also Featured In: Leafly List Winners of 2016

What People Are Saying:

“I recently became an MMJ patient, I live in Toronto & fill my prescription online. Registration is simple, & the attention they give you from the very beginning is extremely welcoming. Their online shop is easy to navigate, they also have many CBD & THC options that will be sure to fit your needs. Shipping was fast, product is high quality, & I was very happy to see that your medicine comes sealed (which keeps your medicine fresh). I can’t thank MMJ enough for providing me with the medicine I need, & for being so professional. I HIGHLY recommend MMJ to anyone!” —LizWolf

Victoria, BC CA

(Courtesy of Trees)

The staff members at Trees Dispensary each stay current on the latest cannabis research so that they’re able to help make tailored recommendations to their diverse group of patients. Plus, Trees sources many of their products from Vancouver Island, proving that sustainable, local cannabis is not only possible, but affordable, too.

Index: 92.88

What People Are Saying:

“This is a beautiful dispensary located in the heart of downtown Victoria. I was amazed at their huge product selection. Originally stopped by for some indica flower, I also ended up walking away with some wonderful smelling topical THC balm as well as capsules. The staff was extremely friendly as well as fully knowledgeable about the wide product range. Will be getting a bath bomb next time 🙂 highly recommend trying this dispensary out, it will quickly become your favorite!” —TerpeneQueen27

Salmon Arm, BC CA

(Courtesy of Starbuds Salmon Arm)

There’s something for everyone at this Salmon Arm dispensary. Rotating daily deals ensure that all sorts of cannabis preferences are catered to. Not sure what you prefer? The team of knowledgeable and friendly staff are there to help newcomers and seasoned consumers alike expand their horizons while also honing in on the perfect cannabis strains and products for almost any situation.

Index: 92.84

What People Are Saying:

“Amazing service and an amazing staff make this dispensary very professional and helpful in every way a dispensary should. Lots of different products and options to make sure everyone is satisfied. A+” —Jaqoverjill

Kelowna, BC CA

(Courtesy of Stoneman Clinic)

The Stoneman Clinic works closely with doctors and licensed facilities to ensure that they carry a selection of products that can be enjoyed by a diverse array of patients. Those looking for high-CBD strains, high-THC strains, and everything in between might consider stopping by the Stoneman Clinic to talk to one of their compassionate staff members and get started on their healing journey.

Index: 92.28

What People Are Saying:

“Best dispensary in Kelowna hands down. They always have the best selection of different strains and are always fast with their service, it’s easy to drop in quickly and get everything you need to smoke all in one stop!” —Thomasm26

Nelson, BC CA

(Courtesy of Nelson Potorium)

This modern, welcoming dispensary serves both walk-in and mail-order patients. The Nelson Potorium upholds strict product testing standards that result in consistent, reliable products.  Though they specialize in high-CBD strains, those looking for higher-THC products will leave happy, too.

Index: 92.12

What People Are Saying:

“Excellent selection of edibles, oils and neat stuff outside of just bud. Rivals the best dispensaries in the greater Vancouver area for product and the shop is the nicest I’ve been in.” —lhart

Vancouver, BC CA

The Healing Center Dispensary British Columbia Leafly List(Courtesy of The Healing Center)

The Healing Center isn’t just a pretty face, though it is a decidedly beautiful boutique. While most reviewers seem to appreciate the modern aesthetic, they’re even more excited about THC’s great products, attentive staff, and reasonable prices, which combine to make this luxurious dispensary a force to be reckoned with.

Index: 91.92

What People Are Saying:

“Very clean and friendly environment , hands down best place in town! I just started coming here and I gotta say the staff are awesome and are always more then happy to help you figure out what you are looking for, and have the best deals! I always look forward to my next visit! 10/10” —Sirdabzalot36

Salmon Arm, BC CA

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Greenleaf Rx keeps a variety of products in stock for the people of Salmon Arm and the surrounding area, giving newcomers and seasoned consumers the chance to try a variety of strains and delivery methods before discovering what they like best. Their large selection coupled with their reasonable prices and pleasant staff have solidified their place on this quarter’s Leafly List.

Index: 91.8

What People Are Saying:

“Fantastic place, staff is always very welcoming. Large selection & variation of product between plant & concentrates. Lots of info on variations & the knowledgable staff is more than willing to help find your individual needs if you’re unsure.” —Laamb

Vancouver, BC CA

(Courtesy of The Healing Tree)

This Vancouver dispensary has a variety of programs designed to ensure that its members receive deep discounts on a variety of products. Their rewards system reflects the wants and needs of the community and changes often, and their daily deals and new patient specials ensure that no one is left out. Not in Vancouver? Don’t worry, the Healing Tree ships nationally.

Index: 91.56

What People Are Saying:

“They’re fast, friendly, knowledgeable, and have a great variety of strains, edibles, and oils. This is definitely the spot to go!” —gfjensen

Vernon, BC CA

(Juanmonino/iStock)

Monashee Mountain Medicine understands that cannabis can be complicated, so they go the extra mile to ensure that each patient they serve feels comfortable and confident with their decisions. Instead of rushing people through a transaction, the compassionate and knowledgeable staff at this Central Okanagan dispensary take their time with patients in order to help them find the best possible products.

Index: 91.28

What People Are Saying:

“Nice friendly owners and Lisa at the front desk is always an absolute delight. They always have the answers to any questions I ask all in all just a place that makes you feel warm and welcome. They always make sure to take good care of the clients. It’s our go to shop.” —jessicacassidy

Kelowna, BC CA

Kelowna Compassion Society Medical Marijuana dispensary leafly list 2017 spring(Courtesy of Kelowna Compassion Society)

At the Kelowna Compassion Society, patients aren’t hurried through the transaction process. Instead, they’re invited to relax in the newly renovated lounge and attend ‘Ganja Yoga’ classes, which are offered twice per day and include a pre-yoga vaping session.

Index: 90.92

What People Are Saying:

“Very comfortable and relaxing, friendly. Love the environment this place has, the chill lounge really separates other dispensarys for this one 💯👌” —Connerag123

258 W Broadway Vancouver, BC

Cannabis buds being held

Quality control is a major focus at Sunrise Wellness, where you can always count on cannabis completely free from molds, mildew, insect damage, harmful pesticides, and heavy metals. With such an impressively stringent screening process, this Vancouver dispensary not only ensures the consistent top-shelf quality of its products, it also leads the industry by example.

Index: 90.72

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve ordered through quite a few mail order dispensaries, but they all paled in comparison to the amazing and friendly service of Sunrise Wellness. Their CBD products are half the price of other dispensaries which is amazing as CBD has benefited me in many amazing ways. I am incredibly excited to place my first order with them.” —PTSD-Survivor

732 Tyee Road Victoria, British Columbia

(Courtesy of Buds and Leaves)(Courtesy of Buds and Leaves)

Buds and Leaves has a mission to carefully curate the best selection of cannabis products that its members will love. Its menu boasts a range of options for flower, edibles, tinctures, shatter, and more. The knowledgeable budtenders are friendly, approachable, and eager to help find the perfect product for you!

Index: 90.56+

What People Are Saying:

“By far the best dispensary in Victoria. The staff are professional, friendly and knowledgeable, and the products are only the finest available. They like to support local manufacturers and growers which is fantastic. The selection is not huge as far as flowers, but this means they can be very selective and always rotate fantastic strains. They also carry quality glassware and other accessories. Can’t say enough good things, thanks guys!” —AdamSilvernail

Nanaimo, BC CA

(HighGradeRoots/iStock)

Trees Dispensary is located conveniently in Nanaimo, but many Leafly reviewers say they’d happily travel farther to experience the great deals, fantastic service, and great vibes at this friendly cannabis destination.

Index: 90.56+

What People Are Saying:

“Great dispensary with awesome vibes. The staff is amazing and always friendly and knowledgeable and they always help one to feel both welcome and comfortable. There is always a fantastic selection of strains and other products, couldn’t be happier with this dispensary and would recommend it to everyone :)” —sequoiadragonfly

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Washington Budtender Abducted, Still Missing

A well-known budtender from a Eastern Washington cannabis dispensary remains missing this week after being abducted outside the shop Sunday afternoon.

The abduction of Cameron Smith from the Lucid retail store in Cheney, just outside the city of Spokane, has rocked the local cannabis community.

Cameron Smith, who works at Lucid as a budtender, was abducted outside of the dispensary Sunday, Sept. 10, in Cheney, Wash. He is a father of two and a strong advocate for cannabis. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

According to Dennis Turner, Lucid’s co-owner and Smith’s brother, the encounter started off simply enough.

Two women and one man pulled up to the dispensary in a white Ford F-250 truck, he told Leafly. Turner recalled that one of the female suspects appeared to be watching the dispensary intently. “It looked like she was casing the building, checking out the video cameras, and walking around the building,” he said.

Cameron Smith, pictured left (courtesy of Lucid’s Facebook profile).

The male suspect and one woman attempted to enter the dispensary, but when asked for identification, the male could not provide his ID, saying he had left it behind in Yakima, a city located about 190 miles west of Cheney, Turner said. He was subsequently denied entrance. The woman produced identification that showed her year of birth as 1999, Turner said. “She wasn’t in compliance and she was rejected from the shop.”

A sign dedicated to Cameron Smith sits on a chair outside of Lucid in Cheney, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Smith, who works at Lucid as a budtender, went missing Sunday, Sept. 10, after being abducted outside of the dispensary. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

“Our brother, Cam, was working as lead budtender—he’s everyone’s favorite budtender,” Turner told Leafly. “On lunch, he likes to sit in his car and listen to his music while he eats.”

Smith, the 46-year-old barber-turned-budtender from Toledo, Ohio, exited his car for a moment and walked right past the male suspect. He then returned to his vehicle, a 2008 silver Acura SUV, to finish his lunch.

“The gentleman pulled up to Cam’s car and it appeared there was a verbal exchange between them,” Turner explained, referring to video surveillance footage that captured the moment between the two men. “At that point, the dude pulled a gun out and fired two shots into the car. It knocked out the back window. He jumped into the driver’s seat and took off with Cam still in the car.”

The two accompanying women took off in the white Ford truck, which was later reported stolen from the White Swan area of Yakima County.

A poster board is filled with notes to Cameron Smith from community members and friends at Lucid in Cheney, WA, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. “Everyone knew Cam. Even if they didn’t partake in marijuana they appreciated him and they got to know him for who he was,” said store manager Stacia Shirley. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

“We haven’t seen or heard from him since,” said Turner.

The Cheney Police Department responded to requests saying they have warrants out for two individuals, but neither are currently in custody. Law enforcement have identified the male suspect as Donavon Culps and the woman as his 18-year-old niece, Violetta Culps, both from the White Swan area of Yakima.

Store manager Stacia Shirley holds a picture of Cameron Smith at an office near Lucid in Cheney, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Smith, who works at Lucid as a budtender, went missing Sunday, Sept. 10, after being abducted outside of the dispensary. “He got along with everybody and he had such a positive presence. There was no way you couldn’t love that man,” said Shirley. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

The case has expanded to include the nearby Spokane Police Department, Yakama Tribal Police, and the FBI.

Efforts were made to ping Smith’s cell phone, but the signal was lost near Medical Lake, at which point authorities believe the suspect threw Smith’s phone out the window.

Signs and candles are set up outside of Lucid in Cheney, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. “He embodied Lucid. He loved everybody in this company. He was a light in the shop. When you walk in he was the first thing you seen,” said Smith’s brother Dennis Turner. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

“They’re treating it as a kidnapping and potential homicide,” Turner said. “This guy has an extensive criminal background.”

The team at Lucid Marijuana has not given up hope. The group planned a vigil seeking Smith’s safe return, and law enforcement has been using all resources to bring him home. There’s been an outpouring of support local community members on social media, as Smith is well-known and well-loved within the small town of Cheney.

A site dedicated to Cameron Smith is set up inside the Lucid store in Cheney, Wash., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Sofia Jaramillo for Leafly)

“They put out an APB [all-points bulletin] on his vehicle,” Turner said. “They’ve got helicopters searching, they’ve got the dogs out.”

A Cheney Police Department spokesperson told Leafly on Tuesday that Smith’s vehicle had been located in Airway Heights near Medical Lake, which is where authorities last made contact with Smith’s cell phone.

“The Washington state crime lab is still processing the scene,” Cheney PD reported. “We still have not located the victim.”


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Michigan to MMJ Dispensaries: Close by Dec. 15 or Risk Licensure

BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan on Wednesday gave medical marijuana businesses until Dec. 15 to close or potentially risk not obtaining a license under a new regulatory system aimed at increasing oversight and imposing new taxes on the industry.

The decision means registered patients will have to grow their own cannabis or obtain it from caregivers — as allowed for under existing law — until the state issues the licenses, likely in the first quarter of next year. It will accept license applications starting Dec. 15.

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After learning of the decision, a new state licensing board dropped a member’s proposal to tell shops they would not get a license if they stayed open beyond this Friday — which had been blasted by patients, shop owners and others. They expressed concern, however, with the new deadline as well, questioning how some patients will buy their marijuana.

“Continued operation is a business risk as they may be shut down by law enforcement or denied licensure.“

Andrew Brisbo, MMJ bureau director

The dispensaries — which are not explicitly addressed under a 2008 voter-approved medical marijuana laws — have gone unchecked in some municipalities and have been blocked in others under a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that questioned their legality.

A five-tiered licensing system is being developed under a 2016 law that further regulates medical marijuana. It will impose a new tax and establish licenses to grow, process, sell, transport or test marijuana.

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Andrew Brisbo, director of the state’s medical marijuana bureau, said dispensaries still open after Dec. 15 will face a “potential impediment to licensure.” Three months affords enough time for existing operations to wind down their affairs and for patients to connect with caregivers, he said.

“The department will not shut down facilities,” Brisbo said. “However, continued operation is a business risk as they may be shut down by law enforcement or denied licensure.”


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Nevada Legalization Is Changing the Las Vegas Scene. Could Consumption Lounges Be Next?

Nevada’s legalization has changed the entire tourism industry in Las Vegas. Ever since legal cannabis made its debut on July 1, tourists have been flocking to the dispensaries for a chance to sample the newly regulated green herbs. With a renewed influx of canna-tourists, what does this mean for visitors hoping to enjoy the spoils of the green rush without risking any pesky legal entanglements?

Luckily, Nevada’s regulatory system has made it fairly straightforward for out-of-towners to visit dispensaries and legally purchase up to an ounce of fine, Nevada-grown cannabis, but one lingering conundrum remains: where do you smoke it?

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We reached out to Carlos Blumberg, an attorney with De Castroverde Law Group in Las Vegas, along with his business partner, Jo Ann Abajian, who are both founding members of the Nevada Dispensary Association and co-owners of the Apothecarium dispensary.

Where Can You Legally Smoke Cannabis in Las Vegas?

A major concern that has arisen in the recent legalization happening in Sin City is the lack of a proper place to consume cannabis as a tourist.

“It’s only legal if it’s in your own home,” Blumberg explains. It is illegal to consume cannabis in public, and a “public place” is defined as any place open to the public or exposed to public view.

“If your only crime is you’re at the park smoking a joint, they would probably just ask you to put it out rather than charging you with anything.”

Carlos Blumberg, attorney with De Castroverde Law Group in Las Vegas, NV

As for hotel rooms and Airbnbs, they’re technically considered private property, and thus, management may autonomously make the decision as to whether they allow cannabis consumption onsite. Tourists may have more luck with a private cannabis-friendly Airbnb or a Bud & Breakfast in the area, which specifically caters to cannabis tourists.

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Consuming cannabis in a public place, whether it’s a park or walking down the Vegas strip, can earn you a $600 ticket, although Blumberg has not seen a rise in the ticketing of tourists since the state went legal.

“To be honest, there’s been somewhat of a policy even before it went to medical use. My understanding was that [law enforcement’s] time was better spent citing people for other things,” he says. “If your only crime, so to say, is you’re at the park and you’re smoking a joint, they would probably just ask you to put it out rather than charging you with anything.”

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What Could Change Moving Forward?

Looking forward to the future, Blumberg anticipates the law may change in regards to public consumption. “Will that change? Maybe in the future,” he ponders. “I could see them setting up something like a hookah lounge around the gaming corridor. It’s the next step, logically.”

“After having watched a couple of other states make some mistakes, Nevada is learning from those mistakes.”

Jo Ann Abajian, co-founding member of the Nevada Dispensary Association

The attitude towards cannabis in the state has been steadily progressing in the past years since medical marijuana was first signed into law in 2001. “Nevada has shifted the view from being completely negative about cannabis to being positive,” Blumberg tells us. “Everybody is fighting for that tax revenue! It’s a whole new industry saying, ‘Tax us! Tax us!’”

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Apothecarium co-founder Jo Ann Abaijian acknowledges that Nevada’s implementation process has been slow and steady, but with good reason. “After having watched a couple of other states make some mistakes, Nevada is learning from those mistakes,” she explains. “The regulators have been saying, ‘wait, wait, wait,’ instead of moving forward and having to go back and fix things later.”

“It’s important to note that Nevada and the legislators here, we try to get it right,” Blumberg continues. “We’ve seen Washington and Colorado go legal, and we’re not Xeroxing anyone’s laws. We’ve seen what’s worked and what hasn’t and we’re trying to make it better.”

Unfortunately, one of the major obstacles standing in the way of legalization comes from an unlikely place: Nevada’s gaming laws. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has already placed incredibly restrictive regulations on casinos and gaming licensees, and owners are wary to introduce a new substance into the mix.

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“The gaming regulators don’t want to be involved in the marijuana industry for a lot of different reasons,” Blumberg says. “There’s no banking, [and] they don’t want to have the temptation [only to] then lose their gaming license.”

Although initially there were talks of combining casino play with cannabis consumption, after much deliberation, the Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo shot down the idea. “On one hand you have the gaming industry and on the other hand you have the marijuana industry … The two shall not meet,” he promised.

Until further notice, the report issued from the Gaming Commission stated that their priority “is the prohibition of delivery and consumption of marijuana within the Las Vegas Boulevard Gaming Corridor, H1 Zones, and on the premises of any restricted or non-restricted gaming licensee to comply with the Nevada Gaming Commission and Board’s prohibition of any consumption and possession of marijuana on gaming properties.”

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Instead, the likelihood of a separate, alternative area away from the bright lights of the Strip but still accessible to tourists is a more likely possibility. Similar to a hookah lounge or a cannabis social club, it may take years before regulators approach and address the issue, but with canna-tourism on the rise, it’s an issue that will need to be addressed eventually.

Despite the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s regulations, however, the future of legal cannabis in Sin City looks promising and bright. “Come to Las Vegas!” Blumberg exclaims. “It’s legal, it’s tested, and you know exactly what you’re getting. Everybody in town has their own variety and strains. Much like alcohol, some people want a Corona, some people want a Heineken. We check for reviews and find out what people like.”


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Will Michigan Shut Down Dispensaries Until December?

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Licensing Board will meet Tuesday and could vote to close the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries until mid-December.

The potential pause is the result of a 2013 state Supreme Court ruling that labeled dispensaries a public nuisance and called into question their legality. Now, more than four years later, the licensing board is attempting to act on the ruling. New state regulations for licensing are scheduled to kick in on Dec. 15, and board members have indicated they will attempt to shut down Michigan’s medical cannabis program until that time.

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Board member Don Bailey introduced the closure motion at an Aug. 21 meeting at which he referenced the Supreme Court ruling and said he believed all dispensaries are currently operating in violation of state law. That sentiment was echoed by board chair Rick Johnson.

While the board has so far postponed action on the motion, members will have another chance to act when the five-member committee reconvenes on Tuesday.

That meeting will come almost exactly a year after the matter was addressed by the Michigan State Senate, which hastily passed legislation on Sept. 9 of last year to clear up the gray area created by the 2013 Supreme Court ruling. In total, lawmakers passed three bills to address questions around dispensaries, edibles, and seed-to-sale tracking systems. The bills’ passage led to the new regulations set to take effect in December.

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But with just three months to go until the regulations kick in, Bailey’s introduced motion would require that all dispensaries temporarily close in order to be eligible for licenses come December.

With one member absent from that meeting, Bailey’s motion wasn’t considered for a vote. But even the suggestion of temporarily closing the state’s dispensaries sparked a response from patients concerned about access.

In a statement to Leafly, David Harns, a spokesman for the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR), said the agency is “currently reviewing the recommendations and discussions from the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board, and consulting with the Attorney General’s office before any action is taken.”

The state’s attorney general, Bill Schuette, is no friend of dispensaries.

At the next meeting, the board will make “a determination” regarding the board’s authority on this matter. Harns said any action ultimately taken will be handled in a manner that takes patients and dispensaries into account.

“BMMR will make recommendations and give guidance to the board on how to best implement any potential actions to ensure that patients are protected and the delivery of services to licensees are fair and efficient,” he said.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the state will act to protect cannabis dispensaries should the board move to temporarily shut down the system, however. The state’s attorney general, Bill Schuette, is no friend of dispensaries.

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Schuette was also the AG at the time of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling. He and a local prosecutor initially brought the case to the Supreme Court and argued in favor of prohibiting retail marijuana sales in any fashion.

As part of the case, Schuette sent a letter to the other 83 county prosecutors with instructions on how to file similar nuisance actions. In a press release, he was quoted as saying that other dispensaries in the state “will have to close their doors.”

Schuette has not publicly updated his stance since the Senate passed its update bill in September 2016.

It was that legislation that created the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board. The bill laid out the procedures for how the five members would be appointed and established its legal authority. By law, the body is charged with the “general responsibility for implementing this act,” but the legislation gives no specific reference or mention of the board’s authority before the regulations are put in place.

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Bailey’s motion seeks to utilize the board’s “jurisdiction over the operation of all marihuana facilities” per state law. If the vote proceeds, support from three of the five members of the board could temporarily halt the retail sale of cannabis, at least until the new regulations take effect in December.

Only four members were present at the Aug. 21 meeting, but with more time and an extra vote at the table, Bailey could receive the support he needs to move forward with the motion when the board meets on Tuesday. The meeting starts at 12 p.m. Eastern Time, and can be viewed via a livestream on the state government website.


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