These transactions didn't go down in seedy back alleys. These days, patients and weed enthusiasts pay visit to brick-and-mortar shops across America, where smoke-able marijuana, infused foods, concentrates, and pot paraphernalia are sold legally.
Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form (for medical or recreational purposes), and voters in another five states will cast ballots for legalization this November.
With dispensaries likely to start cropping up on more street corners this fall, we set out to identify the existing shops setting the bar in marijuana retail. We teamed up with Leafly, the world's premiere cannabis information resource, to find the best dispensaries across the US.
Leafly, often called the "Yelp of weed" for its dispensary and strain reviews, publishes a monthly Leafly List of the buzziest dispensaries in North America (for the purposes of our list, we stuck to US-only). Leafly's algorithm uses an array of weighted metrics designed to highlight top performers in categories like service, atmosphere, product quality, and customer engagement.
For this particular list, Leafly drew on data from the past six months and tweaked the algorithm slightly to ensure a level playing field for dispensaries from every region.
Here are the 25 pot shops blazing a trail in the industry.
25. The Grove
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Score: 95.8 out of 100
The Grove has no trouble fitting in near the Las Vegas Strip with its neon green siding and name in lights. The medical marijuana dispensary offers product for patients from all walks of life, including a signature joint rolled in gold-plated paper.
The shop also accepts out-of-state medicinal marijuana cards for easy access.
24. Have a Heart — Skyway
Location: Seattle, Washington
When canna-tourists touch down in Seattle, their first stop might be Have a Heart — Skyway, located eight minutes from the airport. The company's longstanding relationships with local growers helps them provide high quality recreational marijuana at fair prices.
The shop even got the ultimate weed smoker stamp of approval when Snoop Dogg visited in April.
23. High Quality Compassion
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
High Quality Compassion — pun intended — bills itself as a mission-driven dispensary where patients and enthusiasts can live life to the fullest through cannabis consumption.
Customers receive a free pre-roll joint with every purchase on the first Sunday of the month.
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