Okay, can we take a second to talk about how cool plants are? No, I haven’t smoked today. Plants are seriously awesome. Let’s think about the whole process of cloning, for example. In a nutshell, a “clone” is just a clipping from a mature marijuana plant, which has been put in soil, so that it can grow into a full sized plant all by itself. The resulting plant is genetically identical to the mother plant. That’s like, if I chopped my arm off, and gave my severed arm a bunch of nutrients, it would eventually turn into a genetic copy of me! Seriously, I haven’t smoked today, and that’s awesome (and the scenario I just came up with would certainly make that 127 Hours movie a whole lot scarier, right?). For my lovely readers on the south side of Denver, there exists a dispensary that thrives off of its vibrant clones for sale. If you’ve ever considered growing your own marijuana plants, a good place to stop would be The Clone Store. Even if growing the stuff isn’t your bag, the dispensary, despite the name, services any and all your cannabis-related needs.
Take a drive down South Federal. You’ll know you’re close when you’ve reached Little Saigon, and, unless you can read Vietnamese, the signs have become indecipherable. Hidden in this vibrant part of southwest Denver, The Clone Store is tucked away in the back of a small strip of businesses. Originally, I found myself scratching my head at the growing store that faces the street, but after a little walking, I found the large green cross that pinpointed my destination. Of course, I would hope the majority of the people reading this would be more observant than me. I was greeted warmly in the small, but comfortable waiting room. Waiting out for me was a Halloween candy bowl filled with chips that I was invited to munch on while I waited. I caught the dispensary at a slow time, so this wait was extremely brief, and my bag of Cheetos were sadly left unopened. Inside the product room, I was greeted by Kimberly, the store’s general manager. Wasting no time at all, she showed me to the store’s namesake: its massive selection of clones.
According to Kimberly, the store will have anywhere from 300-400 different clones on the shelf at any given time. They are all organized by type of plant, and are all labeled by approximately how long the grow is expected to take. And let me tell you, these folks know a lot about the grow process. You want plants that grow well together? You want plants that are easier to care for, with the highest average yield? No problem. A major service that The Clone Store offers that many other places simply do not is in-depth education about the mechanics of growing cannabis. Are you an experienced grower already, and want a customized order? The Clone Store allows you to call ahead and make a preorder. If you want six plants, all rooted at the same time, in three different varieties, for example, the dispensary can get help you out. “It’s a fun and rewarding experience, so long as you’re willing to put in the effort upfront,” Kimberly suggested. And hey, if you’re as notorious a plant murderer like me, all of the clones come with a 72 hour guarantee. What’s most enticing about The Clone Store’s plants are the price. You can grab each for $12, or only $10 a piece if you buy six or more. Think about it this way. Even a beginner can potentially harvest roughly two ounces of sensimilla from a single plant, and it doesn’t take someone with an economics degree or a working understanding of the Spanish language to know that’s a spectacular return on your investment.
Another added perk for growers is The Clone Store’s massive bud selection. The dispensary carries the cured and ready-to-smoke buds of many of the clones on the shelf. That way, you can get an idea what kind of delicious ganja awaits you in eight to ten weeks time. For those not interested in growing, you can have the immediate satisfaction of smoking the fruits of the dispensary’s labor. Like the dispensary’s sister store up north, DenverDam, you can expect anywhere from twenty to twenty-five different strains available at any time. When I was in the store, I counted twenty-two jars of different strains. Typically, the bud goes for $160 an ounce, but the dispensary will also run specials on particular strains. On the day I was in, you could pick up an ounce of Thai Lights or ChemDog for only $150, or two ounces for $280. For high grade, cocoa-grown bud, this is a deal that’s hard to pass up.
The dispensary also boasts a very impressive collection of concentrates, edibles, and smoking devices. At the very top of the list are the Mahatma Platinum full nug concentrates, that come in at $55 for the gram. Too painful for the pocketbook? The dispensary carries concentrates of all different varieties, including grams of caviar for only twenty bucks. The dispensary also carries several different syringes of CO2 honey oil for only $12. You could also grab the large honey oil syringe produced by Huxley’s for $24. While I’ve never personally sampled Huxley’s concentrates, I’ve only heard good things about their honey oils. The back wall behind the counter was completely covered in different edible varieties, including Edipure, Cheeba Chews, Dabba, and Blue Kudu, plus plenty more than I could possibly list. Finally, on the far side of the store was a very impressive display of dab rigs, bongs, pipes, steamrollers, chillums, and other smoking and dabbing accessories. If you’re interested in smoking, and smoking right away, The Clone Store boasts a great selection of glass to get you elevated.
The Clone Store is truly full service. Whether you come seeking knowledge about growing your own “herb” garden, or you’re a seasoned grower, looking to supplement your garden with healthy female clones, or if you’re just looking for high quality buds and concentrates, The Clone Store might be a great stop for you. Fortunately, for those of you without your Red (or now Purple) Card, The Clone Store will be opening its recreational dispensary before the end of the year. For me, my New Years’ Resolution will read something like: make some room in my apartment for a small growing operation, and then try my hardest not to kill everything that I touch. A formidable task, but perhaps the competence of The Clone Store will rub off on me. Maybe.
If you get an opportunity to visit The Clone Store of Denver, Colorado, let them know you heard of them through the Dope Directory, and please give them a rating.