Suffice it to say, there is a good chance that many of you out there reading this have purchased marijuana illegally in the past (I won’t tell). I also will take it as being rote that in many cases it wasn’t the most pleasant shopping experience out there. Whether you just didn’t like sitting on the weed dealer’s bong-water-soaked couch, the seedy stem-laden weed he sold you, or his creepy janitor that wanted all the college girls to check out his hot tub (all rings a bell for me). Chances are you’ve had a less than pleasant pre-legalization experience as well. I also remember in the early days of legal sales in Colorado hearing the unending ration of complaints from my friends about how expensive it was to buy it legally. My response was always the same: “You’re buying marijuana legally, it will get cheap, just wait.” Low and behold we have entered the age of the $100 recreational ounce. On top of the price going way down, the grows that you buy from the store are much safer than home grows where there is no control over pesticide use, contaminants, proper flushing, or curing. The heyday for cannabis is nigh. We’re in the 21st century and I want a clean, slick place to purchase my cannabis, I want it loaded with witty anecdote-filled budtenders, and I want a couch that doesn’t smell like bong water! Coincidentally, I happened to find all of these things and more in my first visit to a Green Dragon dispensary. With seven different locations across the state, I started my adventure in shock that I had never crossed paths with a Green Dragon before. I chose my first location to visit simple because I’d seen it so many time from the highway. Located right off of I-25 and Alameda, right across from the Stranahan’s whiskey distillery (yum!), it’s pretty hard to miss the giant green edifice that is the ten-month old nascent Green Dragon. I found a parking spot out front and went to the door eager to see what the medical and recreational Green Dragon of Denver, Colorado had in store for me.
I walked in and was immediately wowed by the massive quad television display on the back wall, the slick glass entryway, curved front desk, and the immaculate poured concrete floors. I was greeted by a smiling Dustin from behind the counter, who took a peak at my ID and then guided me back to check out the recreational side of the dispensary. Having poked my proverbial nose into many dispensaries in my day, believe you me when I say Green Dragon is one of the most modern looking and clean-cut dispensaries I’ve ever had the fortune of visiting. I credit this look not only to the fact that the location is a relative newcomer to the scene, but I can tell that the company pulled out all the stops when making this dispensary. The center was graced by a beautiful wood and glass display counter, with matching cabinets along the walls. All of said cabinets were chock-full of various merchandise and a stunningly massive supply of smoking implements. Wasting no time, Dustin took me to the center where I met Tyler and Jen, who proceeded to give me the rundown on products, starting with buds and moving to concentrates, edibles, and beyond.
Tyler started off by showing me their selection of leaf, which during my visit consisted of roughly 10 strains half of them indica and half of them sativa. Tyler showed me right to the bread winners on the sativa side, Northern Cough and Tangie, which were perfectly displayed in little glass stasis pods. Breaking the number one rule in all sci-fi movies, I popped the top on said stasis pod to take a whiff of what was inside. Lucky for me, instead of a horrible alien virus, I was instead rewarded with Northern Cough’s sweet and earthy bite. The buds of Northern Cough were light green and sported a healthy number of both trichomes and hairs. The real treat for me was opening the lid on the Tangie, however. The beautiful hints of purple on the leaves were nothing compared to the outrageously orange scent that was unleashed from the jar. Jen mentioned that Tangie tastes like it smells; oh my. If only Tangie had vitamin C, then I’d have found a replacement for eating oranges. Next, Tyler showed me their formidable line-up of concentrates from Craft and EndoCanna which included: wax, shatte