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


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 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.

Trinidad, CO

Highland Health Trinidad Colorado <strong><a href=Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017" width="840" height="525" />(Courtesy of Highland Health)

Highland Health packages their cannabis at the time of sale to ensure that their customers take home the freshest, highest-quality flower possible. Their commitment to helping their community of patients and customers is obvious; in fact, they’re so driven to help folks get the relief they need that they’re willing to send them to other dispensaries in the area if they aren’t able to procure specific products visitors are looking for.

Index: 92.64

What to Buy: Craters of the Moon infused chocolate from Blue Kudu

What People Are Saying:

“Super cool waiting room, though I’ve never had to use it. Dope prices super friendly bud tenders who know what there talking about and really just want to make sure you have a good time. Most shops try to flip customers as fast as they can, but this spot they are all joking and having fun, yet still fast and professional. It’s perfect.” —vivaterlingua

Denver, CO

(Courtesy of Lightshade Sheridan)

This Denver dispensary strikes the perfect balance of being modern and industrial while remaining cozy and welcoming. Lightshade serves Colorado medical and adult-use customers, who appreciate this local chain’s commitment to quality genetics, rigorous testing, and compassionate customer service.

Index: 89.48

What to Buy: Scott’s OG flower from Lightshade

What People Are Saying:

“Very clean place with great people. Alex was probably the best bud-tender I’ve ever dealt with. had a ton of knowledge about cannabis and the industry itself. I didn’t feel rushed to pick something, he even gave me some great recommendations. Overall I’m highly satisfied😎 and will definitely be coming back. Thank you again.” —plumsawceflo

2119 Larimer Street Denver, CO

(Courtesy of Ballpark)(Courtesy of Ballpark)

Ballpark Holistic Dispensary is located in the heart of downtown Denver, just two blocks from Coors Field. It caters to a wide variety of holistic needs and serves both medical and recreational consumers, offering an expansive menu and free parking across the street. Visit its Leafly menu to pre-order your favorite strains.

Index: 88.72

What to Buy: Live Nectar from Harmony Extracts

What People Are Saying:

“Amazing place! Very professional and welcoming, our budtender Sam was very knowledgeable and helpful. Made a killer recommendation to us. My first trip to a dispensary was here, and tonight I’m goin back here for my second!” —Bsugar93

Aurora, CO

september-leafly-list-lightshade-web(Courtesy of Lightshade)

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: 88.48

What People Are Saying:

“This location has become my number one stop everyday for my everyday needs. The staff have become friends who always welcome you with a smile and friendly atmosphere. I recommend you guys to all of my friends and family.” —Bossdadon

Colorado Springs, CO

(Courtesy of Rocky Road Remedies West)

Every budtender at Rocky Road Remedies goes out of their way to ensure that each patient receives the best possible pricing. Members and non-members alike love this storefront’s especially large selection of concentrates and edibles, though those who prefer other methods of consumption will leave happy, too.

Index: 88.04

What People Are Saying:

“Love the budtenders, very friendly and helpful. Have great deals , very clean store and also have great quality and variety of medical cannabis products.” —JrCox78

Parachute, CO

(Courtesy of The Green Joint)

This cute shop is located just 30 minutes from Grand Junction and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. The Green Joint’s team of helpful staff are great at recommending strains based on preference, intended activity, and tolerance level, and customers love their generous daily deals.

Index: 87.56

What People Are Saying:

“The Green Joint is a great place for all your cannabis needs. The sales staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. The variety and quality of their products is top notch. I have peace of mind when I shop here because I know I am getting a great deal on great products with excellent service.” —pdub1572

Trinidad, CO

Faragosi Farms Colorado <strong>Marijuana</strong> Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017(Courtesy of Faragosi Farms)

This pet-friendly dispensary donates a whopping 33% of their profits to charity, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on quality. The laid-back, friendly atmosphere mixed with helpful and attentive budtenders attracts numerous visitors, yet reviewers say that they’re always able to get in, get out, and get on with their day quickly.

Index: 87.12

What People Are Saying:

“After a long drive from Arizona Faragosi Farms was an oasis. It was our first time, and the staff all were super friendly, patient and extremely helpful. They’re also super welcoming of pets with dog bed and water on hand. Had the best vibe of all the places we checked out, and the weed is phenomenal! Orange Jack truly deserves the Orange in its name. Don’t miss out on this gem of a place!” —JaegerMannen

Denver, CO

(Courtesy of Trenchtown)(Courtesy of Trenchtown)

Part dispensary, part downtown cannabis farm, Trenchtown is a vertically integrated Denver cannabis destination committed to providing Coloradans with quality, organic, hand trimmed, pesticide-free cannabis. They grow and sell over 50 unique strains in-house, and customers love that their high-quality local cannabis doesn’t come with astronomical price tags.

Index: 86.92

What People Are Saying:

“My favorite location! The staff is kind and personable, they know their stuff and are through with all my questions! This is the only place I come as they have good deals as well. SHOP HERE!!” —girlmeetsworld22

Colorado Springs, CO


With awesome deals like penny pre-rolls, it’s no wonder that this Colorado Springs dispensary has such a loyal following. Medical patients and adult-use consumers alike are sure to find just what they’re looking for, and reviewers rave about everything from this location’s unique and friendly atmosphere to their short wait times and fantastic team of friendly, professional staff.

Index: 86.6

What People Are Saying:

“Top shelf flower and concentrates. Very impressed with whatever I get from this joint. Always in and out, never really had to wait in line or anything. Flower always tastes fresh and lots of flavors and also the buds are always dense and sticky. Try the GOB extracts super fire! Best prices I’ve found for superb quality” —skunkyjake

Trinidad, CO

(Courtesy of Rooted in Trinidad)

Rooted in Trinidad takes customer service seriously and it shows. Leafly reviewers go out of their way to talk about the amazing service, staff, selection, and deals at this Southern Colorado dispensary, which is cherished for its high-end products without high-end price tags.

Index: 86.36

What People Are Saying:

“I have been to many places but nothing matches Rooted. They are the best hands down. The staff is great. They make you feel more than welcome.I feel like I have known these ppl for a long time. Great since of humor, caring, and they make you feel great I made the 420 mile trip. Quality is excellent. My wife and I enjoy making this a regular trip.” —Louis67

4735 W. 38th Ave Denver, CO

The Joint <strong>Marijuana</strong> Dispensary Denver Colorado November Leafly List(Courtesy of The Joint)

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: 85.96

What People Are Saying:

“It was all our first time to The Joint with some friends. Store was clean, organized and staff were all all professional grade. Connor was friendly and went out of his way to make sure he made a repeat customer by mentioning a promotion and converted a non-buying customer into a buyer.” —rmp0514

Denver, CO

(Courtesy of Herbs4You)

This Denver dispensary understands that different people have different cannabis preferences, so they offer different rewards programs in order to pass on maximum savings to everyone. Herbs4You’s knowledgeable staff members are trained to help people find the perfect strains and products for their goals and symptoms.

Index: 85.68

What People Are Saying:

“I love Herbs4You it’s the best place to shop for recreational and medical … the strains are awesome the prices are decent the staff are friendly I wouldn’t want to shop anywhere else so for all y’all out there y’all got to go check it out u will not be disappointed.” —Squirt71

4380 E. Alameda Ave Denver, CO

(Courtesy of Kind Love)(Courtesy of Kind Love)

Kind Love serves top shelf cannabis, concentrates, and edibles in a comfortable and upscale environment. With a focus on meeting the unique needs of medical marijuana patients, Kind Love’s budtenders give each visitor an individual consultation to find the right strains and products for their specific ailments.

Index: 85.64

What People Are Saying:

“I just got some of the prettiest nugs I’ve seen in a while. Not to mention the customer service I received from Dustin was great! He heard what I had to say then looked deep in my soul and matched me with the right nug. He’s the nug whisperer, go see him.” —DankFrank314

De Beque, CO

(Courtesy of Elk Mountain Trading Post)

This welcoming dispensary is located in the heart of ‘Old Town’ De Beque, just minutes from Grand Junction. Walking in to Elk Mountain Trading Post feels like walking in to a friend’s house (if that friend also happened to have an abundant selection of high-quality organic, hand-trimmed cannabis).

Index: 85.52

What People Are Saying:

“Since discovering Elk Mountain, I have not even visited the other retailers in the area; that’s how great this place is. You can always count on finding top-of-the-line buds, great prices, a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and amazing, friendly, and helpful customer service. Speaking of excellent customer service, the budtenders at Elk Mountain outshine all of the others. You will not likely find an unfriendly or unhelpful budtender in the place, but I cannot recommend Garth enough. If you have the opportunity, request him as your budtender and you will not be disappointed. Overall, 5/5 *****” —turpin576

3054 Larimer St. Denver, CO

(Courtesy of Botanico)

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. Budtenders welcome newcomers and returning customers alike to the shop with open arms and plenty of knowledge about the product selection.

Index: 85.28

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What People Are Saying:

“I am from out of state but been in Denver for 6 months [and by] far this has been the best place to go. They are very nice people the shop is very cozy and they have the best flower around. Come see for yourself. I have been to 15 or more different places and theirs is the best.” —Ricklyweeks

900 N College Ave Fort Collins, CO

(Courtesy of Infinite Wellness Center)(Courtesy of Infinite Wellness Center)

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: 85.16

What People Are Saying:

“Although interior decorating is not why I choose IW, I have always enjoyed walking in, viewing the art, hearing the music, and the setup of the room. The budtenders are always extremely conversational and helpful. I love coming to IW.” —CarpeDiemFoCo

Boulder, CO

(Courtesy of The Green Room)(Courtesy of The Green Room)

Upon walking into The Green Room dispensary in Boulder, most will immediately notice that it is, in fact, green. Apart from living up to its name, this recreational dispensary also lives up to its promise of providing high quality, pesticide-free cannabis to the good people of Boulder, Colorado.

Index: 84.96

What People Are Saying:

“I’m a Colorado native and I’ve been going to dispensaries since around 2013 (medical for 3 of these years) and this is the first time I’ve seen the complete package. Incredible bud, top shelf service and the best pricing in the state! Will continue to come back for a very long time.” —Christiantyler94

Trinidad, CO

(Courtesy of Trinidad’s Higher Calling U)

THCU is Trinidad’s first recreational dispensary. They provide high-quality cannabis to the medical patients and adult-use consumers in Colorado, whether they live in Trinidad or are just passing though. They offer special discounts for concert-goers as well as generous daily deals.

Index: 84.84

What People Are Saying:

“THCU is the best dispensary in Trinidad hands down. From the prices, the huge selection of products, knowledgeable budtenders, and the welcoming atmosphere you just can not beat THCU! Never leave without a smile on my face.” —Dreamer77

Denver, CO

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

Customers are blown away by Diego Pellicer’s unique and well-appointed layout, which feels more like an art gallery or trendy restaurant than a dispensary. While the ambiance is swanky, the budtenders at this beautiful storefront couldn’t be more down-to-earth: They’re always willing to take the time to answer questions to help customers find the perfect strain.

Index: 84.64

What People Are Saying:

“Great atmosphere, great selection, and surprisingly low prices. Was my first visit to DP, and the quality of the bud is incredible. Bought an eighth for $30, and it may just be the nicest bud I’ve ever seen. Nice big buds too, not popcorn buds. It’s a trip across town for me, but well worth it!” —A87

Aurora, CO

(Courtesy of Altitude East)(Courtesy of Altitude East Colfax)

Altitude’s ‘Frequent Flower Miles’ loyalty program offers special perks for members like double-points days and exclusive email offers as well as points for every dollar spent. While the rewards are nice, Leafly reviewers are most excited about Altitude’s friendly staff and wide selection of quality products.

Index: 84.56

What People Are Saying:

“It’s a very comfortable waiting area. Lots of seating. Fast, efficient and knowledgeable staff. Was welcomed by my first name. Been shopping here for a year and a half. Always leave happy!” —Jeanne1959

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

**Lightshade – Havana (87.32), Lightshade – Holly (86.68), Lightshade – 6th Avenue (85.76), and Rocky Road Remedies Original (84.6) withheld due to franchise limitations.

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Colorado Cannabis Sales Funnel $9.2M Into School Health Programs

Colorado schools will receive $9.2 million in funds to pay for school health programs, including those designed to prevent underage cannabis use. It’s a windfall that will effectively ease the state’s shortage of school nurses.

Each of Colorado’s 630 school nurses is responsible for up to 6,000 students, the Denver Post reports. Federal guidelines recommend that one school nurse serve no more than 750 students. The so-called School Health Professional Grant will bolster the number of health care professionals in schools around the state, including school nurses and counselors.


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The $9.2 million grant is being distributed among 42 school districts and charter schools by the Colorado Department of Education. A department spokesman told the Post that money is being directed to districts and schools that are near legal cannabis shops and that have created evidence-based programs to discourage underage consumption.

The grant comes as prohibitionists seek to downplay the tax benefits from legal cannabis. In July, for example, Kevin Sabet, the president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, published an opinion piece on CNBC that claimed cannabis revenue was insignificant because “marijuana taxes have failed to shore up state budget shortfalls.”


Colorado Has Brought in a Cool Half-Billion in Cannabis Taxes

“Even viewed solely in the context of Colorado’s educational needs, pot revenue is not newsworthy. The Colorado Department of Education indicates their schools require about $18 billion in capital construction funds alone. Marijuana taxes do not even make a dent in this gap,” Sabet wrote.

In addition to funding additional school nurses and counselors, Colorado cannabis revenue has also paid for hundreds of college scholarships in Pueblo County—one for each graduating senior who chooses to attend a college in the county.


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As Leafly reported in July, Colorado has already brought in more than $500 million in tax dollars from the cannabis industry so far. Of that, $117.9 was used to fund school construction, while an additional $5.7 million was put into a separate public school fund.

Outside education, more than $16 million has been spent on substance-abuse prevention and treatment, with another $10.4 million being used to fund mental and behavioral health services.

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How to Get a “Social Marijuana Use” License in Denver

On November 8, 2016, Denver voters passed Initiative 300, which directed city officials to create a four-year pilot study for what would be the United States’ first social marijuana consumption program. Such a program would allow Denver businesses and event planners to apply for licenses to allow public consumption of cannabis at everything from yoga studios to coffee shops to street fairs.

Since then, city officials have worked to bring the pilot study into existence while citizens have fretted over specifics. “Will the newly adopted regulations for the first-in-the-nation ‘social use’ program provide measured protection for patrons and neighbors of businesses that take part, as city officials say?” asked the Denver Post on June 30. “Or are the rules for consumption areas so restrictive that few businesses and event organizers will want to bother?”


Denver to Start Licensing First Cannabis Clubs, but Few May Apply

This week Denver officially opened the application process for “Designated Consumption Area” licenses. To answer the Post’s question about whether the rules will protect communities or repel applicants, it appears to be a little from column A and a fair amount from column B.

For those interested in applying for a Designated Consumption Area (DCA) license, here’s your non-exhaustive to-do list.

Complete Your Application

This may seem like a no-brainer until you realize that a “complete application” includes:

  • A criminal-history records check conducted by the FBI for the applicant AND anyone who owns 5% or more of the entity being proposed to host the DCA
  • A red-lined floor plan showing the location of the designated consumption area within the business
  • Proof that the DCA complies with the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act
  • A valid zone-use permit and recent certificate of occupancy for the host venue
  • “Evidence of community support”—specifically, a letter of support (or at least non-opposition) from an eligible neighborhood association, which is defined as “a registered neighborhood organization as defined in the Revised Municipal Code that has been in existence for more than two years”
  • A “responsible operations plan” including a detailed explanation of how employees will monitor and prevent over-intoxication, DUI, underage access, and illegal distribution of cannabis
  • A documented employee-training program addressing all components of the aforementioned responsible operations plan
  • A “community engagement plan” as defined in the Denver Revised Municipal Code
  • An “odor control plan” as provided in the Denver Revised Municipal Code


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Honor the Proximity Restrictions

“No Permit shall be issued within 1,000 feet of any school, child-care establishment, any alcohol or drug treatment facility, or any city-owned recreation center or city-owned outdoor pools,” read the rules, so confirm and document your proximity distances along with your application. Also off-limits for DCA licenses: Any location with a liquor license, and any licensed marijuana establishment. (Which means bars and dispensaries must stay out of the social-smoking game for now.)

Narrow Your Social Dabbing Dreams

The guidelines specifically forbid the use of propane torches at any Designated Consumption Areas, so if you’re going to allow dabbing, it will have to be done with an e-nail.


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Have Money

Every application must be accompanied by a $1,000 application fee.

Good luck, Denver applicants! We’re rooting for you!

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Colorado to Sessions: Cannabis Industry Working, Can Do Better

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s legal marijuana industry is working — and can work better with federal collaboration, the state’s governor and Republican attorney general told U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a letter Thursday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman urged Sessions to collaborate with recreational cannabis states on law enforcement and on providing the industry access to the federal banking system.

“We stand ready to work with our federal partners to fortify what we have built.”

The cannabis industry relies on cash because the federal government considers the drug illegal.

They told Sessions, who has floated the idea of a crackdown on marijuana legalization, that Colorado’s first-in-the-nation recreational industry is robust. The state has taken steps to crack down on black market sales, diversion to other states, and youth use, they said.

“Colorado’s system has become a model for other states and nations,” Hickenlooper and Coffman wrote. Voter-approved sales began in 2014.


Governors of 2 Cannabis States Push Back on Trump Administration

Sessions recently sent letters to the governors of Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Washington — the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana — detailing his concerns with how effective state regulatory efforts are. All have defended their efforts.

Hickenlooper and Coffman addressed several of Sessions’ concerns:

—Diversion: They noted that Colorado has sophisticated seed-to-sale tracking, has capped individual plant cultivation, banned cannabis growing cooperatives and provided $6 million this year for local police actions targeting the black market.


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—Minors: They insisted that several surveys suggest marijuana consumption by youth has not increased since legalization — and that one federal report, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, suggests it has declined. Colorado has spent more than $22 million on education, they said.

—Motor vehicle fatalities: Hickenlooper and Coffman reported the number of drivers considered by the state’s highway patrol to be cannabis-impaired dropped by 21 percent over the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period last year.

“We stand ready to work with our federal partners to fortify what we have built,” they wrote.

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Elevation Gain: Leafly’s Guide to the 6 Best High Hikes in Colorado

As the first state to pass recreational cannabis and home to both the breathtaking Rocky Mountains and an incredible number of national parks, Colorado has always been known for its quality bud and spectacular scenery. It’s the perfect place to be for any cannabis enthusiast who happens to love the great outdoors.


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With varied landscapes and plenty of pre-rolls, edibles, and flower-filling local dispensaries, you’ll want to pack up your gear and get ready to explore everything this nature-loving Centennial State has to offer.

Rustler Gulch – Gunnison National Forest

Nothing conveys enchantment like verdant fields blooming in rainbow. And if you’re ready to view a stunning explosion of color, look no further than Rustler Gulch close to Crested Butte. This enchanting trail is quite unlike any other as it opens to valleys flushed with 120 species of vibrant wildflowers. Walk amongst Lupine, Aspen Sunflowers, and Paintbrush as you pass babbling creeks and a sparkling waterfall reminiscent of Grimm-like fairytales.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 9 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,850 ft.

Product Pairing:  A breezy, uplifting hybrid to bolster the charming spirit of Rustler Gulch. Get your hands on Jillybean by Maggie’s Farm for its euphoric tick and mind-opening effects.


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Mount Audubon Trail – Roosevelt National Forest

Grab a jacket and your sturdiest boots when you hit Mount Audubon Trail in Roosevelt National Forest. With sweeping views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Indian Peaks, the challenging climb to the top is definitely worth it on this adventurous trail. Travel above trees and milky clouds to spark one up at 13,225 feet.

Difficulty: Moderate/hard

Distance: 8.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,667 ft.

Product Pairing: A potent concentrate for your favorite vape pen. Pick the classic Colorado hybrid Colorado Chem for a burst of creative energy as you pass lush forests and give into the elevation of this mammoth mountain.

Conundrum Hot Springs Trail – White River National Forest

Though the hot springs are the main event, the hike through Conundrum Hot Springs Trail to get to them is just as magnetic. Flanked with wide valleys, blooming wildflowers, forests of aspens, and limitless greenery, this trail is a must visit. Soak in the scenery as you soothe your tired muscles in naturally heated pools reaching almost 100 degrees. Clothing is optional, so feel free to bear it all (or don’t be surprised when others do).

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 12 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,457 ft.

Product Pairing: A relaxing topical to soften sore muscles after a calming dip. Reach for Apothecanna’s Extra Strength Relieving Crème for one incredibly tranquil hiking trip.


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Seven Falls – Colorado Springs

Don’t go chasing waterfalls—well, not unless you plan on visiting the captivating Seven Falls in Colorado Springs. This breathtaking trail takes you up 224 man-made steps, where you’ll witness all 181 feet of glorious waterfall beneath you. Choose to go back down (bear in mind it will get crowded) or make a day of it and continue your adventure to the trails above. Bonus: Plan a trip when the sun goes down and you’ll be able to see the falls lit up against the darkening night sky.

Difficulty: Easy/moderate

Distance: 3 miles

Elevation Gain: 224 steps

Product Pairing: A small edible to snack on as you pause and take in the view at every platform. Edipure’s sour Watermelon Tarts are the perfect companion to witness one of Colorado’s natural treasures.

Royal Arch Trail – Chautauqua Park

The ever-popular yet always enigmatic Royal Arch Trail leads you through the serene Bluebell Canyon before you get up close and personal with views of the 20-foot Royal Arch. This natural wonder formed about 45 million years ago, and with so much beauty and intrigue packed into one hike, it’d be tough to pass up for both tourists and Colorado natives alike.

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 3.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,237 ft.

Product Pairing: A pre-loaded cartridge so you can consume with discretion. Reach for O.penVape’s energizing sativa Craft Reserves Cartridge to help you take in the colossal history surrounding the Royal Arch Trail.   


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Lake Haiyaha Trail – Rocky Mountain National Park

If you enjoy a crisp, refreshing dip in a lake after a long hike, check out the Lake Haiyaha Trail nestled in Rocky Mountain National Park. You’ll get to pass both stunning Nymph and Dream Lakes before hitting the main event: Lake Haiyaha. Play along the shore and amongst the lake’s unique boulders before jumping into its cool waters. Tip: Lake Haiyaha is a popular trail, so get there early before the crowds.

Difficulty: Easy/moderate

Distance: 3.7 miles

Elevation Gain: 885 ft.

Product Pairing: A revitalizing hybrid housed in a convenient pre-roll. Spark up the buzzy Chemmy Jones by Willie’s Reserves and take your time viewing all the gorgeous lakes and natural beauty the Lake Haiyaha Trail contains.

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Denver to Start Licensing First Cannabis Clubs, but Few May Apply

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s largest city is on the brink of licensing some of the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs.

But Denver’s elaborate hurdles for potential cannabis-friendly coffee shops and gathering places may mean the city gets few takers for the new licenses.

Denver voters approved bring-your-own-pot clubs in a ballot measure last year after city officials’ dragged their feet on calls to give legal consumers a place to use the drug. The city plans to start accepting applications by the end of the month.

“There are plenty of places where you can consume alcohol. Let’s give people a place to go to consume marijuana,” said Jordan Person, head of Denver NORML, which advocates for cannabis-friendly public policy.


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But Denver’s would-be “social use” clubs have faced one delay after another.

First, the state liquor board prohibited cannabis use at any place with a liquor license, making bars and many restaurants off-limits. And retail shops can’t allow consumption on the premises.

That left gathering places like coffee shops, art galleries and yoga studios. Furthermore, would-be clubs must stay twice as far as liquor stores from schools and anywhere children congregate, including playgrounds and sports fields.

“We can’t be in places where it makes sense,” said Kayvan Khalatbari, a Denver marijuana consultant who helped run last year’s club campaign.

City officials say the rules are as flexible as possible given stiff resistance from some community groups and marijuana skeptics. The voter-approved club measure also says the club licenses are a pilot program and neighborhood groups must agree to allow a club before it could open.


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“There were no surprises in the rules,” said Dan Rowland, spokesman for the Denver department that regulates marijuana businesses. “They reflect all the comments we got from the community.”

One hopeful applicant says the regulations are stringent but still a step forward for the industry.

“A lot of us are hoping this will … open the doors for a new kind of business,” said Connor Lux, who runs a co-work space for the cannabis industry and plans to apply for a social use license to hold public, cannabis-friendly events at his business just north of downtown Denver. Applying for a license costs $1,000; the licenses itself is $1,000 a year.

Lux envisions open-to-the-public networking events at his space.

“I don’t think anyone’s planning a giant smoke-out, everybody-coming-to-get-high kind of thing,” he said.

Khalatbari has sued Colorado’s liquor regulators over the ban on cannabis and alcohol in the same location, a lawsuit that hasn’t yet been heard, and says he is considering a lawsuit against the city for what he believes are onerous club rules.


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Khalatbari noted Denver has much looser distance requirements for places selling alcohol, even allowing bicycle bars to cruise past schools and churches. The mobile bars with drivers ferry groups of pedaling drinkers from one tavern to the next.

“You can ride these stupid moronic bike bars down the street, getting hammered in public. But we’re not giving people a safer choice, even though voters have said over and over again they want to go that way,” Khalatbari said.

Colorado’s marijuana law neither allows nor denies cannabis clubs, leaving the state with a patchwork of local club rules. Some cities tolerate them; in others, clubs operate underground, with members arranging meetups using social media.

State lawmakers earlier this year decided against a plan to regulate marijuana clubs statewide. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper warned that passing the measure could invite a federal crackdown.

The situation is similar in other legal-cannabis states.


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Alaska’s 2014 marijuana measure allowed for on-site consumption at potential “tasting rooms,” though regulators in that state have yet to allow any to open.

And measures approved last year in California and Massachusetts allowed for cannabis clubs, but both states are still working out rules.

Person, the marijuana activist, said she’s hopeful that Denver’s limited rules will prove a step forward in a national move toward marijuana acceptance.

“People still aren’t sure how this is going to work or what’s going to be allowed. But this is progress,” she said.

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Fort Collins Eyes Eliminating Voter Approval for Cannabis Changes

The Fort Collins City Council is scheduled on Tuesday to consider placing a measure on November’s ballot asking voters to give up their right to weigh in on changes to the city’s cannabis regulations.

Under a current Fort Collins city ordinance, voter approval is required to adopt changes to local cannabis regulations. Officials and industry members say that extra step has made it difficult for the city to keep up with the state’s changing cannabis regulations.


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The addition of the proposed cannabis measure to the Nov. 7, ballot would mark the first time in five years that cannabis was on the ballot for Fort Collins voters.

A city memo indicates members of Fort Collins’ cannabis industry support the proposed change, the Coloradoan reports. Colorado continues to update its marijuana regulations and Fort Collins is unable to adapt to those changes without a vote, the memo says, adding that the measure would only those changes that reflect changes in state law.


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“Original drafters of the citizen-initiated ordinance support updating the Code in order to stay current with applicable state laws, rules and regulations, and wanted to ensure that the referred ballot would not allow Code changes beyond the scope of staying current with state law. The proposed amendment to be put to the voters addresses both the needs of the City while protecting the original intent of the citizen-initiated ordinance,” the industry memo says.

Fort Collins is currently the only jurisdiction in Colorado that operates under voter-approved cannabis licensing rules, according to the Colorado Municipal League.

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Cannabis States Try to Curb Smuggling, Fend off Administration

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Well before Oregon legalized marijuana, its verdant, wet forests made it an ideal place for growing the drug, which often ended up being funneled out of the state for big money. Now, officials suspect cannabis grown legally in Oregon and other states is also being smuggled out, and the trafficking is putting America’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry at risk.

In response, pot-legal states are trying to clamp down on “diversion” even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.

Tracking legal cannabis from the fields and greenhouses where it’s grown to the shops where it’s sold under names like Blueberry Kush and Chernobyl is their so far main protective measure.

In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law a requirement that state regulators track from seed to store all marijuana grown for sale in Oregon’s legal market. So far, only recreational marijuana has been comprehensively tracked. Tina Kotek, speaker of the Oregon House, said lawmakers wanted to ensure “we’re protecting the new industry that we’re supporting here.”


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“There was a real recognition that things could be changing in D.C.,” she said.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board says it’s replacing its current tracking Nov. 1 with a “highly secure, reliable, scalable and flexible system.”

California voters approved using a tracking system run by Lakeland, Florida-based Franwell for its recreational cannabis market. Sales become legal Jan. 1.

Franwell also tracks marijuana, using bar-code and radio frequency identification labels on packaging and plants, in Colorado, Oregon, Maryland, Alaska and Michigan.

“The tracking system is the most important tool a state has,” said Michael Crabtree, who runs Denver-based Nationwide Compliance Specialists Inc., which helps tax collectors track elusive, cash-heavy industries like the marijuana business.

But the systems aren’t fool-proof. They rely on the users’ honesty, he said.


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“We have seen numerous examples of people ‘forgetting’ to tag plants,” Crabtree said. Colorado’s tracking also doesn’t apply to home-grown plants and many noncommercial marijuana caregivers.

In California, implementing a “fully operational, legal market” could take years, said state Sen. Mike McGuire, who represents the “Emerald Triangle” region that’s estimated to produce 60 percent of America’s marijuana. But he’s confident tracking will help.

“In the first 24 months, we’re going to have a good idea who is in the regulated market and who is in black market,” McGuire said.

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize personal possession, in 1973. It legalized medical marijuana in 1998, and recreational use in 2014.


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Before that, Anthony Taylor hid his large cannabis crop from aerial surveillance under a forest canopy east of Portland, and tended it when there was barely enough light to see.

“In those days, marijuana was REALLY illegal,” said Taylor, now a licensed marijuana processor and lobbyist. “If you got caught growing the amounts we were growing, you were going to go to prison for a number of years.”

Taylor believes it’s easier to grow illegally now because authorities lack the resources to sniff out every operation. And growers who sell outside the state can earn thousands of dollars per pound, he said.

Still, it’s hard to say if cannabis smuggling has gotten worse in Oregon, or how much of the marijuana leaving the state filters out from the legal side.


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Chris Gibson, executive director of the federally funded Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, said the distinction matters less than the fact that marijuana continues to leave Oregon on planes, trains and automobiles, and through the mail.

“None is supposed to leave, so it’s an issue,” Gibson told The Associated Press. “That should be a primary concern to state leadership.”

“Marijuana has left Oregon for decades. What’s different is that now we have better mechanisms to try to control it.”

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On a recent morning, Billy Williams, the U.S. attorney in Oregon, sat at his desk in his office overlooking downtown Portland, a draft Oregon State Police report in front of him. Oregon produces between 132 tons (120 metric tons) and 900 tons (816 metric tons) more marijuana than what Oregonians can conceivably consume, the report said, using statistics from the legal industry and estimates of illicit grows. It identified Oregon as an “epicenter of cannabis production” and quoted an academic as saying three to five times the amount of cannabis that’s consumed in Oregon leaves the state.

Sessions himself cited the report in a July 24 letter to Oregon’s governor. In it, Sessions asked Brown to explain how Oregon would address the report’s “serious findings.”

Pete Gendron, a licensed marijuana grower who advised state regulators on compliance and enforcement, said the reports’ numbers are guesswork, and furthermore are outdated because they don’t take into account the marijuana now being sold in Oregon’s legal recreational market.


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A U.S. Justice Department task force recently said the Cole Memorandum , which restricts federal marijuana law enforcement in states where marijuana is legal, should be reevaluated to see if it should be changed.

The governors of Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Alaska — where both medical and recreational marijuana are legal — wrote to Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in April, warning altering the memorandum “would divert existing marijuana product into the black market and increase dangerous activity in both our states and our neighboring states.”

But less than a month later, Sessions wrote to congressional leaders criticizing the federal government’s hands-off approach to medical marijuana, and citing a Colorado case in which a medical marijuana licensee shipped cannabis out of state.


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In his letter, Sessions opposed an amendment by Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer and California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that prevents the Justice Department from interfering with states’ medical marijuana. Congress is weighing renewing the amendment for the next fiscal year.

In a phone interview from Washington, Blumenauer said the attorney general is “out of step” with most members of Congress, who have become more supportive “of ending the failed prohibition on marijuana.”

“Marijuana has left Oregon for decades,” Blumenauer said. “What’s different is that now we have better mechanisms to try to control it.”

Taylor believes cannabis smuggling will continue because of the profit incentive, which will end only if the drug is legalized across America. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, introduced a bill in Congress on Aug. 1 to do just that.

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The Haymaker: Polis Party Is a Pivot Point in Canna-Politics

The invitation said the doors opened at 6pm, but by 6:20 the event space was so packed it took the strength of a rhino to reach the wine bar.

Last night opened a new era: A leading candidate for governor embraced the cannabis industry.

“I’ve been to a lot of cannabis industry fundraisers,” co-host Christian Sederberg told me—or rather, shouted over the din. “This is something different.”

Indeed it was.

Last month Sederberg and law partner Brian Vicente, who co-authored Colorado’s legalization Amendment 64, floated an email asking who’d kick in on a fundraiser for US Rep. Jared Polis, the Boulder Democrat who’s been one of the industry’s most outspoken champions. Polis is running for Colorado governor. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a fellow Democrat, has 18 more months in office but Colorado law limits him to two terms, so the 2018 field is wide open. Polis announced his candidacy in June.

Sederberg and Vicente were deluged with responses. Nearly 150 people replied: We’re in.

We went to Jared: Polis on the mic last night.

So was I. After hopping a flight to Denver, I arrived at the event to find more than 250 donors packing the Vicente Sederberg offices. (The fast-growing cannabis law firm moved into bigger digs recently—in the same Sherman Street building as the state marijuana licensing agency. Allow me to suggest a new company motto: Vicente Sederberg: No Fools We.)

The crowd read like a who’s-who of drug policy reformers and cannabis industry pioneers. Among those deserving the bold-face type treatment: Vicente and Sederberg; former Cannabist editor and documentary film star Ricardo Baca; Wana Brands founder Wanda James; Students for Sensible Drug Policy executive director Betty Aldworth; Dixie Elixirs CEO Tripp Keber; Women Grow co-founder Jane West, who’s now building her own brand of smart cannabis accessories; Jan Cole, founder of Boulder’s gold-standard dispensary The Farm; cannabis consultants and High Times investors Ean Seeb and Kayvan Khalatbari; Drug Policy Alliance senior director Art Way; Marijuana Industry Group chairman Bruce Nassau; former Marijuana Policy Project communications director Mason Tvert, who now runs communications for Vicente Sederberg; the list went on and on. In the beer line I met a Silicon Valley entrepreneur looking to break into the industry. He ponied up a $100 donation just to be in the room.

Here’s the pivot point. Over the past decade, cannabis industry donations have gone mainly to legalization propositions and amendments. Now we’re seeing industry leaders step up to support politicians who’ve supported and defended the industry.

When John Hickenlooper ran for governor in 2010, Mason Tvert hounded him around the state wearing a chicken suit. (Because Hickenlooper was “too chicken” to debate cannabis legalization.) Last night Tvert greeted the leading candidate for governor wearing a crisp navy blazer. In legal states, there’s no more need for guerrilla theater.

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Jared Polis is the first of what I suspect will be a number of statewide candidates who are both supported by the cannabis industry and—this is key—embrace that support. Openly. Proudly.

“We’ve had lukewarm leadership at the state level,” Polis said, referring to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s wincing tolerance and grudging defense of the state’s cannabis industry. “For us to take the industry to the next level, we need a real champion in the governor’s mansion.”

The joint’s jumping for Jared.

Polis described marijuana legalization as “a great success story” last night. As op-ed writers and southern lawmakers paint a portrait of ruin—a Colorado Christian College official actually claimed that legalization has “devastated Colorado” in USA Today this week—Polis has been there to knock down the lies. Here he is back in June, defending his state from a know-nothing attack by US Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana:

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Where Hickenlooper adibes the industry, Polis raves about it like a proud papa. “With legalization spreading across other states,” Polis said last night, “the challenge for our next governor is for Colorado to maintain its leadership role in this industry. Because we want those jobs right here in Colorado.”

‘There Will Be Others’

It wasn’t just the size of the crowd and Polis’s unabashed pride in the industry that gave the night the feeling of a turning point. There were other indicators. Jena Griswold, a former member of the Hickenlooper administration, is a 32-year-old rising star in Colorado politics. She’s currently running for Colorado Secretary of State—and she showed up last night to work the room.

I cornered Michael Huttner, the PowerPlant Strategies CEO who organized last night’s event. He was a bit gobsmacked by the crush of donors. “This is the largest political fundraiser in the history of the industry,” he told me. But he didn’t consider it a one-off. “This is the first,” he said. “There will be others.”

Huttner wasn’t just wishing out loud. He’s one of the most politically connected people in the cannabis space. Until recently he headed New York-based Fenton, the nation’s largest social change communications agency. He’s now CEO of Denver-based PowerPlant Strategies, where he works with, among other groups, the New Federalism Fund, the political coalition founded by leading industry companies to defend legal state-regulated cannabis. (Full disclosure: Leafly’s parent company, Privateer Holdings, is a founding member of the New Federalism Fund.)


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The next candidate likely to embrace the legal cannabis industry: Gavin Newsom, California’s lieutenant governor. Newsom has been out in front of the transition to an all-legal cannabis industry. Like Polis, he’s a next-generation politician ready to move past prohibition and the war on drugs. He’s also a leading candidate to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown.

Who’s next? John Morgan. Tick Segerblom. Maybe.

Are there others? Absolutely. John Morgan, who bankrolled the passage of medical marijuana legalization in Florida, is flirting with a run at the governor’s seat. State Sen. Tick Segerblom, the lion of legalization in Nevada, decided not to play sacrificial Democrat in the 2018 race against incumbent Gov. Brian Sandoval—who’s been dubbed “the most popular Republican in America” by Politico—but he could be a strong challenger four years from now.

Governors have been the quiet gatekeepers in the post-2012 era. The chief executives in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska could have stalled or blocked the implementation of legalization initiatives. To their everlasting credit, they did not. Now we’re in a new phase, one in which the governors of legal states may have to forcefully defend their regulated industries against a U.S. Attorney General who seems intent on shutting them down. Now more than ever, governors matter. And the industry’s support matters to the next governors.


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State Leaders Respond to Sessions’ Criticism of Legal Cannabis

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired a warning shot at state-legal cannabis last week. In separate letters sent to leaders in Washington, Colorado, and Oregon, he raised what he called “serious questions” about the states’ cannabis laws. Now some state officials are shooting back.

“Honestly, it’s hard to take him seriously if he relies on such outdated information,” Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson told the Seattle Times in response to Sessions’ criticism. “Do your homework, get good information.”


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In the letters, which have been criticized by cannabis reform advocates as misleading and designed to overstate the flaws in state cannabis programs, Sessions claims that the laws have been inadequately enforced, enabling minors to access cannabis and allowing diversion of legal cannabis into other states as well as the illegal market.

In a statement, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he’s “incredibly proud of the work we’ve done to implement legalization in a way that keeps youths safe, minimizes diversion into the black market, and minimizes diversion out of our state.”


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“It is clear that our goals regarding health and safety are in step with the goals Attorney General Sessions has articulated,” Inslee continued. “Unfortunately he is referring to incomplete and unreliable data that does not provide the most accurate snapshot of our efforts since the marketplace opened in 2014.”

Sessions’ letters to the adult-use cannabis states rely on information from High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) reports. The HIDTA program, created in the late 1980s, exists to “reduce drug trafficking and production in the United States.”


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In Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper said his office takes Sessions’ concerns seriously. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Attorney General and arrive at the most effective approach to the states and the federal government working together to protect public health, public safety and other law enforcement interests,” a spokesperson told The  Denver Channel. “We take the concerns shared in the letter seriously and will provide a comprehensive response.”

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