It has to be intimidating, running a marijuana dispensary almost literally in the shadow of the Denver Broncos’ Sports Authority Field at Mile High. With the team’s ability to be so damn good lately, the foot traffic in that area of Federal Boulevard has probably made local businesses feel like they’re running Jennifer Lawrence’ kissing booth at Comic-Con. This may be why Kara, the store manager for Damian Marley’s Stony Hill – By Tru Cannabis dispensary, was so excited to move out of the “dungeon” they worked out of only a few months ago.
Since their move down the street, and a grand opening event that was attended by the man himself, Damian Marley, this dispensary maintains one of the best locations for a business in Denver. If people are around for a Broncos game, the dispensary in the area is a pretty obvious choice. On their way out of the game, people walking from the stadium to Federal will most certainly notice the giant mural of Marley that faces Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Even though Federal Boulevard can be a pain to drive on, or perhaps more accurately, to turn off of, Damian Marley’s Stony Hill has an fair amount of parking. And with Burrito Express-O sitting right in the parking lot, you can grab some decent munchies on the way out. The burritos are good, but the espresso is fantastic. No, seriously, this little burrito shack in the parking lot of a marijuana dispensary served me one of the best espressos I’ve ever had. I digress. Onto the weed…
The dispensary isn’t much to look at on the outside, although the modern wooden doors are a pretty cool touch. Once you walk inside, the design gets much more interesting. The first thing you’ll probably notice when you’re having your ID checked are the high, barn-like ceilings. The walls dividing the lobby, the medical side, and the recreational sales only go about ten feet high, leaving big open spaces above your head. If this makes you want to start your own marijuana/cannabis dispensary, then you can check out this cannabis marketing scheme to help you get started on this career path. There are many ways to do this, keep on reading to find out how Stony Hill provide this type of service.
On the recreational side, Stony Hill features the usual glass displays for the budtenders to work behind, but on the other side of the sales floor there’s an area that looks much more like a bar. With two televisions and a few chalkboards mounted on the wall behind, Kara has big dreams of utilizing this space in the future to hold cannabis-related workshops and classes. Although there’s nothing formal to announce right now, I had to giggle at the prospect of calling it “Stony High.”
According to Zach, a Stony Hill budtender that’s as friendly as he is bearded (and he is quite bearded), their $7 joints are a popular choice for the tailgaters on their way to the stadium. And, when the game is over, you’ll see plenty of fans from the opposing team come by as a part of their tourist visit. Makes sense. If I had to watch my quarterback get repeatedly dropkicked by Von Miller, I’d probably need to get high, too.
On game day, this area of Federal is a zoo. And not the kind with cool giraffes and stuff. For every exotic animal there is at an actual zoo, there are roughly a dozen drunk uncles wearing Peyton Manning jerseys and wandering into traffic on Federal Boulevard.
The pricing system at Stony Hill isn’t groundbreaking, but it definitely seems more customer-friendly than most dispensaries I’ve visited. It’s a three-tier system that has strains rotating down to the cheaper shelves depending on how long the strain has been available. This gives customers options and information. They know what strains are freshest, what strains are soon to be discounted, and what strain is on the way out.
One of the signature strains at Stony Hill is their Ecto Cooler, which I can only assume is a Ghostbusters reference. This hybrid strain has a sour smell and a sweet flavor when smoked. The strain is a cross of Slimer and Tahoe OG Kush, so the high is euphoric, but not too sleepy. I also loved the look of their Golden Goat. Goat being one of my very favorite strains, I’m probably an easy customer to please. Regardless, those were some damn frosty buds. If you’re more of the indica-type, budtenders at Stony Hill were gushing over Tiger’s Milk.
Stony Hill’s selection of concentrates was rather large. I counted no less than a dozen samples in their display with varying forms of wax and shatter. Their newest batch of shatter from CSC is a bit on the expensive side, but has a pungent fruity aroma. I was later told that their concentrates are infused with extracts from actual fruit, with no artificial flavoring added. The shatter I saw, which was infused with golden pineapple, tested over 90% in THC. Powerful stuff.
If there’s one drawback to having a dispensary so constantly surrounded by activity, it’s that medical patients may not be so inclined to sign up with Stony Hill. Their clientele is so tourist-heavy and reliant on people just looking for the closest dispensary in the area, that it may be an inconvenient spot if you need your medicine. Although the (other) mural of Marley taking up the entire wall of the medical side is pretty cool, recreational certainly seems to get most of the love at this place.
The glass they had on hand wasn’t anything terribly special, but they carry more than most dispensaries when it comes to the more unique pieces. I also liked that they had several styles and sizes of grinders, silicon concentrate containers, and a few other nice-to-haves in stock for people in need of supplies. And there is absolutely no shortage of swag at Stony Hill. They’ve got more than a few t-shirts, hats, and even a few pairs of classy-looking marijuana socks.
Overall I would definitely recommend a visit to Damian Marley’s Stony Hill. I was impressed by the fact that they didn’t seem to just fall back on the fact that they have an A+ location, they seemed to really put pride in their product and in their business as a whole.
This is the kind of place that looks like a dispensary on purpose. The interior design is top-notch, especially the giant window panels in the back of the store that give you a panoramic view of the stadium area, has to leave tourists with a memorable impression of their first trip to buy legal weed. And I cannot wait to see what they end up doing with that bar area, as it could add a cool brewery tour-like aspect to the store.
Damian Marley’s Stony Hill – By Tru Cannabis is a great spot to check out some picturesque marijuana buds and wander through a dispensary with a really hip vibe to it. Combine that with surprisingly decent parking and an enthusiastic staff, and Stony Hill becomes an excellent option for weed-seekers in Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High area.
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