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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Colorado, December 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: COLORADO

December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Colorado. 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.

Manitou Springs, CO

Maggie's Farm in Manitou Springs

Maggie’s Farm is famous for its sun-grown, spring-watered, slow-cured, hand-trimmed cannabis, so it makes sense that the farm would put the same level of effort into creating truly great dispensaries. Customers are consistently blown away by the high-quality, organic cannabis, vast selection, and the team of dedicated, friendly staff at Maggie’s Manitou Springs location.

Index: 93.78

Last Month: #45

What People are Saying:

“Maggie’s Farm in Manitou Springs has the most informative, caring and helpful staff in the recreational marijuana business. If you are looking for a fun and quality experience I would recommend you make this your one and only pot shop.” —Aleciaann

503 Havana St. Aurora, CO

Lightshade - Havana medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Aurora, Colorado

Established in 2011, Lightshade is known for its high-end genetics and potent cannabis. With four locations to chose from, you’re sure to find a Lightshade in your neighborhood. Come see why the team at Lightshade says “the difference is night and day.”

Index: 93.11

Last Month: #3

What People are Saying:

“I love this location! They have a great selection of buds and edibles at excellent prices. The staff here are very friendly and knowledgeable and always are willing to go above and behond for customers.” —DenaBradberry

4735 W. 38th Ave Denver, CO

The Joint Marijuana Dispensary Denver Colorado November Leafly List

The Joint serves medical and recreational cannabis consumers alike from its location on West 38th Avenue near downtown Denver. Its signature strain offering, Voodoo, is always on the menu, and keeps patrons coming back for more.

Index: 92.93

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“Easy access. Smells wonderful. Clean. Knowledgeable and professional. Great help with selection. Answered all questions. Thank You Thank You Thank You!!” —43pizzahead

Aurora, CO

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Established in 2011, Lightshade is known for its high-end genetics and potent cannabis. Among its locations, the Iliff store stands out for having a personable staff that customers depend on in selecting the best products for their needs from the extensive, varied menu.

Index: 92.34

Last Month: #4

What People are Saying:

“The Lightshade on Illiff has excellent staff. Everyone there treats you like a customer that they truly both value and appreciate.” —treestar36

Denver, CO

Healing House Denver Colorado Marijuana Dispensary - November Leafly List

Both medical and adult-use clients are blown away by Healing House Denver’s staff, who are always willing to take their time to help their patients and customers make informed decisions about their health. They have a large variety of products, offer a rewards program, and conveniently accept cards as well as cash.

Index: 91.35

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“Great place! Huge variety. People were very friendly and happy! Will be coming back.” —alkshinaynay

3054 Larimer St. Denver, CO

Bowls of cannabis buds

Botanico is praised for its consistency and superior quality. Its cannabis is accessible to all, with an exceptional price-to-quality ratio and an expansive menu that will surely have something you’re looking for.

Index: 91.04

Last Month: #2

What People are Saying:

“One of the best in town. Never had a long wait. Never felt uncomfortable in any way. Friendly staff and a great location.” —BananaCOIn

900 N College Ave Fort Collins, CO

Infinite Wellness Center medical marijuana and recreational cannabis dispensary in Fort Collins, Colorado

Infinite Wellness Center stands on three pillars: offering the best products, with the best prices, and all with the best service. Its professional environment is matched by its competitive pricing that offers affordable options for consumers of every income level.

Index: 90.25

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“Infinite Wellness always has a wide variety of buds. Very quick service and very informative.” —JoshAre

Northglenn, CO

The Green Solution Dispensary Colorado Leafly List

The Green Solution is committed to creating a welcoming, convenient environment for its customers, and it shows. At the flagship location in Northglenn, staff members are always available to provide personal cannabis concierge services to anyone who needs help finding the perfect product. On the flip side, customers in a hurry can take advantage of their express pickup service simply by calling ahead.

Index: 87.74

Last Month: #138

What People are Saying:

“Amazing customer service every time!!” —cramertodd

Denver, CO

New Amsterdam Organics Dispensary Colorado Leafly List

New Amsterdam Organics offers a generous first-timer special to bring in new customers, but fans of this Denver dispensary keep coming back for the terpene-rich, crystal-covered flower and sincere, helpful team of expert staff members.

Index: 86.93

Last Month: #27

What People are Saying:

“I think this place is like finding a gold mine, it has great service great deals and great selections. The budtenders are very informative. Thanks guys!!” —fred7212

Denver, CO

Urban Dispensary Colorado Leafly List

Though the name might suggest otherwise, this Denver dispensary has a decidedly small-town feel. Customers love the close-knit, friendly vibe, as well as the great deals, smart staff, and high-quality products.

Index: 86.5

Last Month: #37

What People are Saying:

“Fun environment, energetic staff, well organized product! Nice selection of flower!” —aprilemma

Previous Colorado Leafly Lists

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*The December 2016 Leafly List uses customer service metrics from November 2016

**Lightshade – Holly (92.55), Lightshade – 6th Avenue (90.62), Lightshade – Peoria (90.97), and Lightshade – Sheridan (88.72) withheld due to franchise limitations


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Southern California, December 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Southern California. 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.

2085 W Foothill Blvd. Upland, CA

CaptainJacks dab bar and medical marijuana dispensary in Upland, California

On top of being an alternative medicine collective, CaptainJacks is the only full service dabs bar in the Inland Empire. It has great daily deals, an excellent selection of glass for you to try, and is always buzzing with social events and activities.

Index: 97.88

Last Month: #2

What People are Saying:

“Captain Jacks is a friendly and highly professional establishment. Even the least expensive products are of extremely good quality and very budget friendly.” —blaze420captainJ

7127 Canoga Ave Canoga Park, CA

Coast to Coast Collective boasts an impressive selection of more than 20 house-grown strains, with a particular focus on OG strains. The flower selection is constantly changing, and patients love the beautiful, high-quality buds they find here.

Index: 94.16

Last Month: #6

What People are Saying:

“Best place out here. Thanks for the amazing service and quality of bud.” —melissaella

430 Vista Village Dr. Vista, CA

Green Gopher cannabis collective in Vista, CA

Private parking and a clean, open environment make Green Gopher a comfortable shopping experience. If you haven’t stopped in yet, cruise by and capitalize on the location’s great new patient specials and see for yourself.

Index: 92.91

Last Month: #4

What People are Saying:

“I came here a noob and left educated! Loved the service and how friendly they were. I’m new to all of this and Monet answered all my questions! Super stoked! Would def come back.” —kaleo3x

Vista, CA

Tri City Emerald Medical Marijuana Dispensary Southern California – Leafly List

Visitors to Vista’s Tri City Emerald dispensary love the first-time patient deals, regular product specials, wide variety of strains, and budtenders that are equal parts personable and knowledgeable.

Index: 92.79

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“The best bud tenders and friendliest workers hands down! Always fast and helpful service with their many options & flavors! 11/10 would recommend.” —jerrodk215

1320 Mateo St. Los Angeles, CA

DTPG downtown LA medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California

Downtown Patient Group, or DTPG, keeps members of its democratically-run cooperative happy with its potent, high-quality medical cannabis. Patients love the atmosphere of the shop and the friendly budtenders’ customer service.

Index: 92.77

Last Month: #3

What People are Saying:

“Off the freeway with too [many] good deals. Private Reserve on point!” —Abel562

2530 South Santa Fe Vista, CA

Sugar Shack medical marijuana dispensary in Vista, California

Sugar Shack is a newer dispensary in Vista. Patients like it for being friendly and professional, while the quality flower and range of products keep them coming back. If you’re a new patient, stop by and grab your free edible or pre-roll with your first visit.

Index: 92.05

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“Absolutely love Sugar Shack! Staff is always super friendly and helpful with any questions. Always dank medication and the edibles they have here are great! 10/10.” —Medora1997

5470 Valley Blvd Los Angeles, CA

Established in 2007, CHR brings L.A. patients top-quality cannabis at competitive price points. Its daily deals and large selection of OG varieties to choose from make CHR a choice location.

Index: 92.03

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“CHR is definitely the best shop around…you get the best bud, best deals, and great service…couldn’t ask for more. Fav. bud tender Katt, Fav. guard Stan, Fav strain L.A.K Federal Reserve.” —Juv1

1660 E. 23rd Street Los Angeles, CA

TLC Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California

If TLC’s easy access and free gated onsite parking don’t get you, its daily free dabs and pre-rolls will. TLC boasts a menu of some very select strains that are difficult to find anywhere else in SoCal. If you haven’t been to TLC yet, go scope its selection of Kushes.

Index: 90.11

Last Month: #17

What People are Saying:

“These guys are the best ever! TLC is Helpful and they know [their] product. Had a great experience and top shelf product.” —liamwetzler

Torrance, CA

Green Cross of Torrance Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Southern California - November Leafly List
Green Cross of Torrance is committed to helping patients find relief, and it shows. The team of compassionate and knowledgeable staff are great at helping customers in all stages of their cannabis journey, whether they’re just starting out or have been medicating for years.

Index: 89.98

Last Month: #10

What People are Saying:

“Best shop around…good buds, excellent service, and deals and prices on point.” —Spencer070915

14080 Ventura Blvd Los Angeles, CA

The Higher Path cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles, California

Established in 2006, The Higher Path specializes in the finest selection of flower and cannabis concentrates on the market, as well as an array of CBD products. They host monthly events that feature bands and comedians and draw a fun crowd.

Index: 89.03

Last Month: #13

What People are Saying:

“This place is by far the best on Ventura, not going to mention any names, but they are hands down THE BEST. Herbs are top notch, concentrates are superb, and the edibles are tasty as can be. The staff are very educated on their products.” —EDDIECSL

Previous Southern California Leafly Lists

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*The December 2016 Leafly List uses customer feedback metrics from November 2016


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Ontario, December 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: ONTARIO

December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Ontario, Canada. 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.

Toronto, ON CA

Pure Releaf – Pape Toronto Ontario Canada Medical Marijuana Dispensary – Leafly List

Pure Releaf is a sister brand of Natural Releaf, focusing on keeping high-quality cannabis affordable for patients. The team decided to open the store after witnessing firsthand the effects of prescription medications on so many individuals. At the Pape location, customers love the strain selection, personable budtenders, and comfortable atmosphere.

Index: 97.19

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“Friendly staff that know their cannabis and give awesome recommendations! They also carry a wide variety of strains, so you’ve got a lot to choose from :)” —chibiusa

897 Dundas St W Toronto, Ontario

Pure Releaf medical marijuana dispensary in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pure Releaf is a sister brand of Natural Releaf, focusing on keeping high-quality cannabis affordable for patients. The team decided to open the store after witnessing firsthand the effects of prescription medications on so many individuals. At the Dundas store, customers love the central location, efficient service, and products tested for quality and contaminants.

Index: 96.57

Last Month: #2

What People are Saying:

“Amazing variety of strains, friendly staff, and convenient location. 10/10” —Peskiiii173

Toronto, ON CA

Just Compassion Toronto Ontario Canada Medical Marijuana Dispensary – Leafly List

Just Compassion offers a strain or concentrate for every medical need, and budtenders are eager to steer patients in the right direction. Pricing is more than fair and visitors to the store love the on-site vape lounge, designed to double as a cannabis resource center.

Index: 95.87

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“Great place with even greater people, such compassionate prices you can’t go wrong. I recommend this to any one looking for compassion.” —spacey19

118 George St Hamilton, Ontario

MMJ Canada - Hamilton medical marijuana dispensary in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

MMJ Canada leverages a sincere belief in cannabis’s potential to help patients of all kinds as the location educates members and potential members on the benefits of medical marijuana for different conditions. Friendly service and a wide selection of flower, concentrates, and edibles are available to patients at the Hamilton location.

Index: 95.81

Last Month: #3

What People are Saying:

“Staff is very welcoming. Even the other customers are welcoming, that’s how good the atmosphere is. Budtenders know their stuff and they are not scared to tell their personal opinion on things.” —Jammasterdab

Toronto, Ontario

Fresh cannabis buds

MariCare prides itself on the quality of products and service it offers. Mail orders made by 12:30 p.m. are guaranteed to go out that day via expedited delivery. Orders for in-person delivery must be made by 12:00 p.m. (you can order days in advance, and orders are never delivered before 12:30 p.m.).

Index: 94.96

Last Month: #9

What People are Saying:

“these guys have an excellent selection of cannabis. awesome customer service, always a pleasure dealing with them. i highly recommended giving them a try.” —vato0420

17 Church Street Toronto, Ontario

Jars containing cannabis buds

Canna-Connoisseurs is a premium cannabis dispensary in Toronto. Its menu features a high standard for flowers, tinctures, and concentrates. The staff is knowledgeable and works tirelessly to provide a luxury experience.

Index: 94.7

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“great dispensary, was just there for the first time. super friendly helpful staff, amazing selection, and the only place in Toronto with the strain girl scout cookies!!” —ubergeek

66 Nassau St.Kensington Market Toronto, Ontario

Cannabis leaves

Toronto Cannabis Dispensary is known for providing members with safe and friendly access to high-quality cannabis. Its extensive menu caters to all patient needs, and the quality and customer service are something the location takes great pride in. Come in, look, smell, and inspect the flowers you want before making a purchase.

Index: 94.59

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“Dopest dope around!! Awesome place!! 5 Stars! Great bud quality and it’s in a good location!!” —STANKY-DANKY

Newmarket, ON CA

Health Cannabis Dispensary Ontario Leafly List

Yes, Health Cannabis’ Newmarket location is convenient, but that’s not the only reason it made this month’s Leafly List. Patients love the staff at Health Cannabis, who take the time to truly listen so they can recommend the perfect products to their customers. Plus, Health Cannabis is committed to cycling in new strains and products weekly, which is great news for those who love to try new things.

Index: 94.22

Last Month: #13

What People are Saying:

“This was the best shop I have been in. They were extremely friendly and helpful. They knew everything about their products and what would work the best for my needs. I honestly could have been there all day, talking and learning from them.” —deadlyaddicted

Toronto, ON

True Compassion Dispensary Toronto Leafly List

True Compassion is a dispensary that lives up to its name. Patients love the quality, selection, and fair prices, but are perhaps most blown away by True Compassion’s team of genuine, caring staff who are willing to take the time to make every customer feel empowered, comfortable, and taken care of.

Index: 93.97

Last Month: #16

What People are Saying:

“What can I say about True Compassion Toronto. Wow, one of the nicest dispensaries out there. [Good] selection of medicine, you know you can always trust the quality, you have  lot of choices and the people there are always willing to help you.” —Jubbes

Toronto, ON CA

Toronto Leaf Dispensary Toronto Leafly List

Pleasant and knowledgeable staff, a bountiful selection of cannabis products, and a cozy, ambient atmosphere are just a few of the things that put this dispensary on the map, and reviewers are nearly unanimous in stating that Toronto Leaf has some of the best, highest quality cannabis around.

Index: 93.6

Last Month: N/A

What People are Saying:

“Great location near Dundas square. Was greeted by friendly staff. Small selection at the moment as they have just opened, but the quality is really great. All strains look great, the Hindu Kush I grabbed is a fantastic indica. Will be visiting again soon!” —piotrfromtdot

Previous Ontario Leafly Lists

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Don’t see your favorite dispensary on the list? Make sure you follow, rate, and review your favorite cannabis locations to let the world know where to find the best cannabis products, service, and atmosphere.

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*The December 2016 Leafly List uses customer feedback metrics from November 2016

**Pure Releaf – Queen (95.61) withheld due to franchise limitations


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Arizona, December 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: ARIZONA

December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Arizona. 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.

Phoenix, AZ

Swell Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Phoenix Arizona - November Leafly List

Phoenicians are initially drawn to Swell Farmacy for their generous new patient special, but they keep coming back for the rotating daily specials, attentive and knowledgeable budtenders, and wide selection of top-notch products. Open seven days a week, Swell’s Phoenix location more than lives up to its name.

Index: 93.73

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“Swell is definitely my favorite dispensary. Top notch strains and prices.” —puertorock

8160 W. Union Hills Dr. Glendale, AZ

The Greenhouse Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary - Leafly List

With a knowledgeable staff of patient consultants and great specials for Leafly visitors, The GreenHouse is a great choice for quality cannabis in Glendale.

Index: 93.42

Last Month: #3

What People are Saying:

“This was a great experience for my wife and me. Very friendly woman greeted us kindly and was patient while we sorted out what we wanted. Quality of product was pretty good. Cool shop, nice people.” —onwardthru

4126 W. Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ

Herbal Wellness Center medical cannabis dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona

Herbal Wellness Center stands on three core principles: high-quality cannabis, education, and care for its patients. Its efforts show with its organically grown flower and collection of refined and unique concentrates.

Index: 93.03

Last Month: #6

What People are Saying:

“The potency of their concentrates is phenomenal. I especially love the Paris OG Vapen Clear because it puts me into a relaxing restful sleep that I hate waking from. The staff is friendly and helpful.” —Je5terJackson

9420 W Bell Rd.Suite 108 Sun City, AZ

White Mountain Health Center medical marijuana dispensary in Sun City, Arizona

An array of daily specials and discounts makes White Mountain Health Center a top location in the Sun City area. Its friendly staff and quality cannabis have certainly attracted people to its location.

Index: 92.68

Last Month: #2

What People are Saying:

“WM has the best budtenders and excellent quality products!” —cahoots

2439 West McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ

Nature's AZ Medicines medical marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona

Centrally located in Phoenix, Nature’s AZ Medicines provides patients with a transparent cannabis experience, supplying its medicine from bulk quantities and operating as a licensed non-profit dispensary.

Index: 89.88

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“Great place. Knowledgeable staff, good prices and friendly atmosphere. Winning combo in a time when customer service is a dying art. I always look forward to seeing everyone and having a good experience.” —jhmarshall6514

Phoenix, AZ

The Nirvana Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary - November Leafly List

The Nirvana Center might be the new kid in town, but this location is quickly gaining popularity points. It offers patients a free pre-roll with a $20 purchase during its daily happy hour, and visitors are impressed by the great selection, fair pricing, and downright comfy lobby no matter what time of day they visit.

Index: 89.58

Last Month: #4

What People are Saying:

“Amazing dispensary with amazing flower to match!” —ashmead

11200 West Michigan Avenue Suite 5 Youngtown, AZ

Swell Farmacy medical marijuana dispensary in Youngtown, Arizona

With a name like Swell, you wouldn’t expect anything less than the warm and welcoming staff at the only state-licensed dispensary in Youngtown. Focused on a mission to serve as ambassadors to end cannabis prohibition, Swell Farmacy encourages all patients to get involved and be a force within the cannabis movement.

Index: 89.14

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“Far drive but worth the visit.” —brodster

1613 N 40th St Phoenix, AZ

Tru Med medical marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona

Tru|med is a clean, elegant dispensary with a convenient location and friendly staff. Aside from its beautiful aesthetic, Tru|med is known for its highly-rated house strains like its OG Kush and the Tru|med Blue Dream, as well as a wide selection of cannabis edibles.

Index: 88.27

Last Month: #9

What People are Saying:

“Tru Med has such a massive selection on flower, edibles, concentrate. Everything is affordably priced and the quality is unmatched.” —iTzFox

Phoenix, AZ

Desert Rose Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Phoenix Arizona
Desert Rose, in the Happy Valley area of northern Phoenix, has been quick to win patients over with a carefully curated menu featuring local favorite strains and products plus a wide array of edibles, all of which are paired with customer service that consistently goes above and beyond.

Index: 88.13

Last Month: #10

What People are Saying:

“I always love the atmosphere and environment over at DR! Super friendly staff & one of the best looking shops in AZ too, with nearly every product under the sun.” —smokeleafly

7320 E Butherus Dr. STE 100 Scottsdale, AZ

Arizona Natural Selections of Scottsdale medical cannabis dispensary in Scottsdale, Arizona

All of Arizona Natural Selections’ locations create a comfortable atmosphere and maintain their focus on the wellness of their patients. By using expert horticulturists to grow its own cannabis, the Scottsdale location maintains high internal standards for its flowers, and a commitment towards sustainability influences its business practices from cultivation to distribution.

Index: 86.57

Last Month: #15

What People are Saying:

“Honestly, I loved this location! It is not often that I am in Scottsdale, but when I am, I plan on going here. Staff was super friendly and budtenders are very knowledgable!” —yob118

Previous Arizona Leafly Lists

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Don’t see your favorite dispensary on the list? Make sure you follow, rate, and review your favorite cannabis locations to let the world know where to find the best cannabis products, service, and atmosphere.

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*The December 2016 Leafly List uses customer service metrics from November 2016


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.

Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Michigan, December 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: MICHIGAN

December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Michigan. 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.

16890 Telegraph Rd Detroit, MI

The Jazz Club medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, Michigan

The Jazz Club opened its doors in the summer of 2015 with a commitment to top-shelf medicine, quality patient care, and friendly service. With a seemingly endless menu and great selections at all prices, it’s easy to see why The Jazz Club is one of Michigan’s best dispensaries.

Index: 96.14

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“I’m always blown away by the amazing service they provide here. The buds are always the highest quality. Budtender Emmy is always able to answer any questions I have.” —TonyCatron

2201 E. Michigan Ave Lansing, MI

KIND medical marijuana dispensary in Lansing, MI

KIND was one of the first medical marijuana providers in the Lansing area. Its recently remodeled location serves up lab-tested cannabis, and its helpful staff is ready to answer any questions you might have.

Index: 94.12

Last Month: #4

What People are Saying:

“This is the first dispensary I visited when I became legal and I still go back. Awesome daily specials, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and quality meds. Will keep visiting!” —kingofkush1914

6640 E 8 Mile Rd Detroit, MI

The REEF Detroit medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, Michigan

REEF strives to offer the best service, products, and prices. With its beautiful location and extensive menu, this location is well on its way to the top of the Leafly List! REEF’s staff members go out of their way to help you find what you need, and they pride themselves on the knowledge they have to offer and in treating all visitors like family.

Index: 92.91

Last Month: #10

What People are Saying:

“I’ve been going to The Reef for the past month and they always treat me well. Always great products, never disappointed, great prices and deals. Give it a try and you’ll be glad you did.” —christine.ashlee

Detroit, MI

Elite Detroit Medical Marijuana Dispensary Detroit Michigan November Leafly LIst

Patients love that they can count on Elite Detroit’s knowledgeable budtenders to make tailored recommendations that target their individual symptoms and needs. With a large variety of strains (including high-CBD strains and many flower alternatives), a referral program, a rewards program, and a Happy Hour, it’s no wonder Elite Detroit is a crowd favorite.

Index: 92.4

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“I loved this place! The parking lot is huge and safe, the security guy was really nice, and I was taken in quickly. There was a huge range of products and deals to choose from and Ben walked me through everything in detail.” —CarRamrod420

20515 Hoover Street Detroit, MI

Greener Crossing medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, Michigan

Located in the Detroit metro area, Greener Crossing is a well-respected local collective proudly serving the nearby cannabis community. The dispensary features great product quality across the board and offers happy hour deals from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. daily.

Index: 92.03

Last Month: #8

What People are Saying:

“Great find with very friendly staff. ” —vadub1

8314 Portage Rd Portage, MI

Lake Effect medical marijuana dispensary in Portage, Michigan

Lake Effect is a dispensary dedicated to providing the best medicine to patients in the Kalamazoo area. With a friendly staff and devoted caregivers, it provides quality, lab-tested medicine and an educational experience to help better inform its patients.

Index: 91.74

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“Best in the area and constantly improving. Great people!” —ForeverAdrift

15308 E. 8 Mile Rd. Detroit, MI

A jar full of cannabis buds

Healing Tree Wellness Center in Detroit is known for its great selection, especially for flower. The well-kept, spacious facility and educated staff will make sure you don’t leave without something to meet your needs.

Index: 91.33

Last Month: #3

What People are Saying:

“Nice and clean environment. Nice staff and the bud is always fire.” —RondoGivenchy

3340 E. 8 Mile Rd Detroit, MI

Glass jars full of cannabis buds

With quality flower, potent concentrates, and great prices, House of Dank in Detroit is a one-stop shop for all your cannabis needs.

Index: 90.42

Last Month: #6

What People are Saying:

“This place has a great atmosphere when you go all in. They’ve got an excellent layout. Best of all they have high quality product and great deals to boot. I’ll be visiting again soon!” —bmlilseb

Detroit, MI

Far East Holistic Center Dispensary Michigan Leafly List

Patients love the comfortable, upscale atmosphere at Far East Holistic Center. Details like ample parking, friendly security, a cozy waiting room, and sweet new patient specials combined with quality products and expert staff create a standout Detroit dispensary experience from beginning to end.

Index: 90.2

Last Month: #34

What People are Saying:

“Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. I felt safe being there. They seem to take the security of their customers seriously both inside and in their parking lot. Good selection of buds. They helped me to find the perfect bud for whatever symptoms I have.” —Templar313

16196 Telegraph Rd Detroit, MI

Greenside Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Detroit, Michigan

Greenside Collective’s selection of over 50 strains is among the largest in the Motor City. Along with daily deals and a patient reward program, the dispensary also offers monthly raffles and free gifts for new patients.

Index: 90.14

Last Month: #11

What People are Saying:

“Worked with Simon and he picked out some great stuff. Love their daily specials.” –phmckinn

Note: To maximize the utility of the Leafly List – Michigan for consumers, this list only includes dispensaries which were open as of December 15, 2016.

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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Nevada, December 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: NEVADA

December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Nevada. 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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4647 Swenson St Las Vegas, NV

The Grove medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada

Open to local and out-of-state medical patients alike, The Grove’s Las Vegas dispensary is centrally located near the Strip. The medicine is produced at The Grove’s environmentally conscious, state-of-the-art indoor grow facility, and budtenders work one-on-one with patients to determine the best form of care for their individual needs.

Index: 96.69

Last month: #3

What People are Saying:

“They have a great selection, very competitive prices especially if you plan your visits around their daily specials, and a very nice store.” —BattleReborn

3400 Western Ave Las Vegas, NV

Reef Dispensaies - Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada

Reef’s Las Vegas location is an open, inviting dispensary with modern décor and a friendly, feel-good atmosphere. A rotating selection of featured strains and a knowledgeable staff keep consumers coming back for more.

Index: 96.63

Last month: #4

What People are Saying:

“Exceed all my expectations. Very friendly and relaxed staff, unbeatable deals and beautifully cared for flowers.” —amantolino

1366 W Cheyenne Ave North Las Vegas, NV

Reef Dispensaries - North Vegas medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada

Reef’s comfortable, colorful North Las Vegas location is modern and brightly lit with friendly service across the board. A rotating selection of featured strains and a knowledgeable staff keep consumers coming back for more.

Index: 95.27+

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“Another great trip to Reef! Anthony got me set up with the Chem OG shatter, and some Gorilla Glue flower. Johnny rang me up and got me out the door in a timely manner. So grateful to have this quality establishment so close by. Very happy with my purchase.” —dab702

2307 Las Vegas Blvd S.Las Vegas, NV

Essence Vegas - The Strip medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada

Essence Vegas’s conveniently located Strip dispensary is hyper-focused on consumers’ health and happiness, and cultivates both through high-quality flower, dependable pricing, trustworthy budtender recommendations, and a professional environment.

Index: 95.27+

Last month: #8

What People are Saying:

“Very personal and [knowledgeable] people there very helpful! Excellent service!! I can’t wait to come back!” —kangD

5765 W. Tropicana Las Vegas, NV

Essence Vegas - West medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada

Essence Vegas’s West dispensary is hyper-focused on consumers’ health and happiness, and cultivates both through high-quality flower, dependable pricing, trustworthy budtender recommendations, and a professional environment.

Index: 94.29

Last month: #6

What People are Saying:

“Very clean and modern. They have great selections with reasonable prices. I come here regularly for my needs and I’d recommend anyone else visit. ” —jzachron

Las Vegas, NV

Jardin Dispensary Nevada Leafly List

Patients are impressed by Jardín’s clean and modern ambiance, friendly staff, and impressive inventory. If their large selection of high-quality products isn’t enough to draw you in, their generous first-time patient specials surely will. Jardín rewards its regular patients with a VIP program that offers great deals for repeat customers.

Index: 93.53

Last Month: N/A

What People are Saying:

“Very nice and clean place. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They have great promotions and a large selection.” —Notta7

4850 S. Fort Apache Rd Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV

ShowGrow medical cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada

ShowGrow lands squarely among Las Vegas’s premier medical cannabis dispensaries. With a gorgeous showroom and a knowledgeable staff, ShowGrow supplies a friendly atmosphere where patients can learn about and acquire quality flower and infused products alike.

Index: 93.47

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“Showgrow is awesome great customer service and deals!” —Mariot2323

2755 W. Cheyenne Ave #103 North Las Vegas, NV

Thrive Cannabis Marketplace - North Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada

Thrive admits it is “obsessed” with offering attentively grown, high-quality cannabis – and patients aren’t complaining. Budtenders love to tell the back stories of each strain they offer, meaning that patrons are virtually guaranteed to learn something new during every visit.

Index: 92.8

Last month: #12

What People are Saying:

“Wonderful first time experience! The staff was incredibly friendly. I was directed to just the thing I was looking for! Got great pain relief from the cbd gummies. ” —Desertgl

4240 W. Flamingo Rd. #100 Las Vegas, NV

The Apothecary Shoppe medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Apothecary Shoppe was founded by doctors and is rooted in an intimate understanding of cannabis chemistry. Through the dispensary, which offers private parlors for one-on-one patient consultations and features an unusually elegant interior design, the team dedicates itself to furthering the evolution of a positive, progressive cannabis culture throughout Nevada.

Index: 91.76

Last month: #15

What People are Saying:

“The people are great, helpful with what you need.” —Thcdraco

2550 S Rainbow Blvd Las Vegas, NV

The Source Las Vegas medical marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Source’s elegant Las Vegas space is bright, clean, and classy. Premium buds are displayed for easy perusal on glass-encased tables and shelves across the open floor plan and along the well-lit walls. Education, advocacy, and engagement round out the dispensary experience.

Index: 91.44

Last month: #11

What People are Saying:

“I love going to a dispensary and having someone help me who really cares about my needs. Kat helped me out today & she was so helpful with answering all of my questions. The prices are great and they have a big variety. I will be back again.” —sierra080

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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Washington, December 2016

THE LEAFLY LIST: WASHINGTON

December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. 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.

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3202 E Portland Ave. Tacoma, WA

World of Weed recreational cannabis dispensary in Tacoma, Washington

Not far from the Tacoma Dome sits World of Weed. This convenient location stays open until 11 p.m. every day, and with plenty of parking, World of Weed makes quality cannabis easily accessible to all.

Index: 94.27

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“There is not a single negative thing I can say about this shop. It’s my regular place and I probably won’t consider anywhere else. The weed is great quality and they have a variety of growers and price ranges to choose from.” —bluestopher

12833 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S Seattle, WA

Have a Heart - Skyway recreational cannabis dispensary in Seattle, Washington

Have a Heart is particularly mindful of fair pricing at its Skyway store, making it a great place to pick up high-quality product for less. Staff members, who are trained regularly on emerging cannabis research, are friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to help newcomers and regulars alike.

Index: 94.04

Last Month: #3

What People are Saying:

“has the most helpful kind staff, yes they might check ur id twice but thats a good security precaution. say wat? im almost to the have a heart as I speak. hands down best dispensary ive been to!” —Broni4rizzle94

115 Blanchard St Seattle, WA

Have a Heart Belltown cannabis dispensary in Seattle, Washington

The Have a Heart name has become synonymous in Seattle with high-quality cannabis. Now that one of the Emerald City’s favorite dispensaries has opened its fourth location in Belltown near Pike Place Market, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and knowledgeable staff as they guide each individual toward the strain or sensation they’re looking for.

Index: 92.79

Last Month: #2

What People are Saying:

“Love this place, great staff, prices are just right, always have what I’m looking for, quick service, wouldn’t go anywhere else…love u guys.” —Weedhead20621

4033 NE Sunset Blvd, Suite 5 Renton, WA

Emerald Haze cannabis dispensary in Renton, Washington

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.

Index: 88.77

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“I’ve been going here for a few months now. Matthew has always been really helpful when I’m trying to decide what to buy and is always so nice. I definitely recommend people to visit him at this location!” —Devvvy

10422 Pacific Ave South Suite B Tacoma, WA

Green Collar Cannabis recreational dispensary in Tacoma, Washington

Green Collar Cannabis prides itself on its huge selection of flower, concentrates, edibles, and many other cannabis products. It has an extensive collection of glass and accessories to chose from, and the clean, inviting layout makes every visit a pleasure.

Index: 88.42

Last Month: #9

What People are Saying:

“Best place around…nobody has [prices] like these guys, they are great.” —Rollerguy777

214610 E. SR 397 Kennewick, WA

Green2Go Cannabis Dispensary - Kennewick, Washington State

Green2Go Collective Gardens stocks its shelves with a broad selection of high-quality medical marijuana products. You’re sure to find something that’s right for you, and if you have a hard time, the location’s friendly staff will help you decide between the flowers, edibles, concentrates, and more that fill the menu.

Index: 87.49

Last Month: #10

What People are Saying:

“Love this location! It’s close to my house and the staff here are very helpful and courteous. They are very knowledgeable about the products they sell.” —Bbarichello

1817 130th Ave NE Suite B Bellevue, WA

The Novel Tree recreational cannabis dispensary in Bellevue, Washington

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: 86.35

Last Month: #8

What People are Saying:

“This location is a bit out of the way for me, but is still my preferred location. Staff is very friendly, and the recommendations are spot on based on what I’d like to try for the first time, or how I’d like to feel. The glass artwork is fun to look at as well.” —jdiemer13

Seattle, WA

Burien's 1st Pot Shop Washington Marijuana Dispensary - November Leafly List

Located just minutes from the airport, 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: 86.31

Last Month: #5

What People are Saying:

“The nicest staff and really great prices…very knowledgeable.” —raveneyyes

12059 Aurora Ave N Seattle, WA

Seattle Tonics recreational cannabis dispensary in Seattle, Washington

With over 2,000 square feet of retail space, Seattle Tonics is one of the largest cannabis dispensaries in the Seattle area. Its huge green sign outside makes this location hard to miss when you’re driving down Highway 99. The next time you’re on the north end of Seattle, stop by and check out the enormous menu of the area’s finest cannabis products.

Index: 85.99

Last Month: #110

What People are Saying:

“My absolute favorite store in the state. Unparalleled selection and unbeatable prices for the quality you get. Everyone is super nice too :)” —ThatTerpyGoodness

Otis Orchards-East Farms, WA

Apex Cannabis Dispensary Washington Leafly List

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: 85.66

Last Month: #17

What People are Saying:

“Love the quality selection, incredibly friendly and knowledgeable team along with a convenient location.  Just moved from the Seattle area and Apex is my new favorite!” —shawneboy71

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Maryland Releases Names of Medical Marijuana Dispensary Finalists

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The names of 102 finalists on the path to be licensed to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland were made public Friday by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

There were 811 applications for up to 109 possible licenses. Last week, the commission gave initial approval to 102 dispensaries in a blind application review that had applicant names and locations redacted.

“These qualified entities will be on the front line providing medical cannabis to qualified patients in Maryland,” Dr. Paul Davies, the commission chairman said. “They will have a tremendous responsibility in serving the legitimate needs of those patients that seek medical treatment.”

Each of Maryland’s 47 state Senate districts can have up to two dispensaries, and all but two districts have two applicants named as finalists. The two districts with only one finalist are District 2 in Washington County and District 41 in Baltimore city.

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Maryland’s medical cannabis initiative has been bedeviled by setbacks. The state approved its first medical marijuana law in 2013. The effort stalled, however, because it required academic medical centers to run the programs, and none stepped forward. The law was changed in 2014 to allow doctors certified by the commission to recommend marijuana for patients with debilitating, chronic and severe illnesses.

The regulatory process also has been mired in controversy this year. Three companies are suing the commission over the licensing process for up to 15 growers. Alternative Medicine Maryland, which did not receive initial approval to become a cannabis grower, is alleging that the commission wrongly ignored racial diversity in the licensing process. The company is one of the finalists for a dispensary.

Two other companies, GTI Maryland and Maryland Cultivation and Processing, are suing because they were bumped out of the top 15 companies to become finalists as growers, as the commission sought to include geographic diversity among the finalists. GTI is among the finalists for a dispensary.

Companies have shown strong interest in Maryland, because the market is expected to be lucrative. Cannabis will be available for any condition that is severe in which other medical treatments have been ineffective. Nurse practitioners, dentists, podiatrists and nurse midwives will be able to recommend its use, as well as doctors.

All applicants will still need to undergo criminal background investigations, financial due diligence and compliance inspections by the commission before getting licensed. The process could take several months.


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Montana Dispensaries to Re-Open Immediately, Judge Rules

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Montana’s medical marijuana dispensaries to re-open after a three-month hiatus by ruling that a drafting error in a voter-approved ballot initiative should not delay the measure’s implementation.

District Judge James Reynolds of Helena ruled the error that pushed back the effective date of a key portion of the initiative until July 1 should not keep very ill patients from accessing the drug immediately.

“The folks that are maybe the most in need are the least able to provide, to grow their own,” Reynolds said in making his ruling. “I think speed is more important than niceties.”

The initiative approved by voters last month struck down a law passed by the Montana Legislature in 2011 that limited medical cannabis providers to three patients each. The three-patient limit took effect Aug. 31 after a five-year court battle, forcing the closure of medical marijuana dispensaries across the state and leaving thousands of registered users without providers.

The state health department did not oppose the advocacy group’s effort to change the effective date through the courts, its attorney said.

The authors of the ballot measure, the Montana Cannabis Industry Association, had intended for the three-patient limit to be struck down immediately upon passage of the initiative.

But a last-minute flurry of activity between initiative sponsors and state officials resulted in two new sections being added to the measure, changing the numbering of the sections in the initiative, according to the group’s lobbyist, Kate Cholewa. The part of the initiative that laid out the effective dates of the various sections of the measure was not updated to reflect the final changes, she said.

The advocacy group took their case to Reynolds, who had twice ruled to block the three-patient limit while the challenge to the 2011 state law was making its way through the courts. Reynolds said the effective date issue was clearly an error, that the advocacy group had meant for the measure to take effect immediately and that the group had publicly campaigned that it would upon passage.

The judge, in an aside, noted that federal and state laws regarding marijuana remain in conflict while the number of states legalizing cannabis is growing.

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“We’re in a morass here,” he said of the disparity between federal and state laws. “Folks are speaking with their votes.”

Cholewa said it was not clear how much time providers would need to get their operations up and running. She acknowledged that shortages in marijuana supplies, a rush to physicians who refer patients and how the state Department of Public Health and Human Services administers the changes could cause some delays.

“The people who work providing marijuana in Montana were, let’s face it, they were jerked around quite a bit,” Cholewa said. “They are somewhat used to it and very good at coming back. ”

The state health department did not oppose the advocacy group’s effort to change the effective date through the courts, attorney Nicholas Domitrovich said.

“We have the program in place, we have the staff in place,” Domitrovich said before the ruling. “We are prepared to act, but we feel we don’t have the proper legal cover right now.”


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Montana Patients Seek Immediate Re-Opening of Medical Dispensaries

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates and patients are asking a judge to fix a mistake in a voter-approved ballot initiative that inadvertently delayed the re-opening of shuttered dispensaries in Montana by eight months.

A state law that limited medical cannabis providers to three patients apiece took effect on Aug. 31 after a five-year battle, leaving thousands of registered users without legal access to the drug.

Earlier this month, Montana voters passed Initiative 182 to repeal the three-patient limit, but the writers of the ballot measure accidentally put in a July 1, 2017, effective date, instead of making it immediately effective.

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One lawsuit was filed Tuesday and another was to be filed this week asking District Judge James Reynolds of Helena to issue an order that would re-open marijuana dispensaries immediately.

“You and I and everybody else knows that when the public voted on I-182, they didn’t get into the minutia of the effective date,” said James Goetz, a Bozeman attorney representing the Montana Cannabis Industry Association. “Let’s get on with it and help these poor people who want their medicine and can’t get it.”

The Montana Cannabis Industry Association is asking Reynolds to rule that the delayed effective date was the result of what’s known as a “scrivener’s error” that courts can correct.

“There’s no reason to make people wait. The people have spoken twice now.”

Kim Faechner, president, Montanans Ensuring Access to Natural Medicine

Another advocacy group, Montanans Ensuring Access to Natural Medicine, released a draft update to a separate lawsuit it filed in September with four medical marijuana patients. That lawsuit is also before Reynolds, and it asks the judge to rule that the three-patient limit is unconstitutional and to block it from being enforced until the initiative takes effect July 1.

Such a ruling also would allow dispensaries to reopen immediately.

Reynolds was the judge who handled the legal challenge to the Montana Legislature’s 2011 law that included the three-patient limit and other restrictions on the drug. Reynolds twice blocked that provision of the law before the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of it earlier this year.

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Kim Faechner, the president of Montanans Ensuring Access to Natural Medicine, said she believes Reynolds will block it again.

“We’re very, very hopeful,” she said. “There’s no reason to make people wait. The people have spoken twice now.”

Voters first legalized medical cannabis in Montana in 2004. State lawmakers passed its restrictive law in 2011 to rein in abuses after the number of patients surpassed 30,000.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services spokesman Jon Ebelt said officials are reviewing Goetz’s filing but had not seen a copy of the amended Montanans Ensuring Access to Natural Medicine lawsuit.

“The department understands how important this issue is to thousands of Montanans, and will work as quickly as possible to file an appropriate response with the court,” Ebelt said.


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