As the Colorado Department of Revenue noted in 2015, marijuana-related taxes absolutely pummeled alcohol-related taxes by $28 million USD – becoming the first U.S. state where the revenue officially illustrated a change in recreational habits when it comes to mind-altering chemicals.

The state of Colorado itself has always been on the forefront of marijuana acceptance. In the early ’70s, it was one of seven states to that decriminalized it. In 2000, they legalized medical cannabis. And finally still, they allowed the usage of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older in 2012.

Of the various cities in Colorado capitalizing off the industry, Denver is undoubtedly leading the charge. As of 2014, there was one marijuana dispensary for every 3,780 residents. Additionally, 2.1% of all residents were medical marijuana cardholders.

Since Denver permits the usage of recreational cannabis, it also allows for what can only be referred to as “marijuana tourism” – which is akin to the various wine tours a person might take while romping through Napa Valley.

Should you ever find yourself in the Mile High City, look no further than these five dispensaries.

DANK Colorado

The philosophy of DANK is to “make available safe and friendly access to naturally grown supply of dank nuggs and flowers.” Whether you’re an experienced toker or a newbie looking to get more information on recreational usage, DANK is both accessible and knowledgeable when it comes to procuring a new state of mind.

Boasting notable strains like 707 Headband which is a cross between Sour Diesel, OG Kush and Master Kush, each product available allows customers the ability to not only recognize where the strain comes from, but also the potential effects/descriptors which include “intense, euphoric relaxation, with an earthy, citrus flavor.”

3835 Elm St.
Denver, CO 80207
(303) 394-3265

LoDo Wellness Center

The LoDo Wellness Center is not only one of the preeminent dispensaries in Denver who has the distinction of being one of the first places able to dish out recreational fare, but it is also proudly owned, operated and managed by a married couple whose chief-grower once played offensive tackle at Baylor University.

In addition to offering what people have come to expect from the Mile High City, the LoDo Wellness Center is also a valuable resource for anyone visiting who may or may not be familiar with the 420-related laws in the city/state which prohibits smoking in public and has a strict policy when it comes to how much marijuana a person can carry without risking arrest.

1617 Wazee St., Suite B
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-5020

The Giving Tree of Denver

Having been in business since 2009, The Giving Tree of Denver boasts the largest edible selection in the city – in addition to other features like Green Dot Shatter concentrates, Kandy Kush cannabis, RX Green Vape cartridges, oral sprays, tinctures, lotions, salves, massage oils, bath soak, transdermal patches, wax and hash oil.

In addition to their generous membership program, they also offer 10% off on every purchase for HIV/AIDS and cancer patients, veterans, students and badged cannabis industry staff.

2707 W. 38th Ave.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-8888

Green Man Cannabis

Green Man Cannabis holds the distinction of winning the “best Colorado sativa flower” from High Times in both 2014 and 2015 for their strain, “Ghost Train Haze.”

In a glowing review of the strain, marijuana connoisseur, Ry Prichard, noted, “the good vibes GTH provided continued for a total of about two-and-a-half hours, which is definitely above average for a high-tolerance, primarily concentrate smoker like myself.”

Not to be outdone simply by their work with sativas, Green Man Cannabis also took home top prize for best indica in 2015 for “Louie OG.”

7289 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80224
(720) 382-5950

Starbuds Medical and Recreational Marijuana Dispensary

Starbuds Medical is a certifiable marijuana juggernaut – existing in six different locations in and around the Denver area.

With millions of dollars invested, it is one of but a handful of locations that is fully independent and entirely self-sufficient which gives them the ability to grow and cultivate products without third-party assistance, which can often lead to the lack of reliability in ensuring customers what to expect when selecting a specific strain.

4690 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216
(720) 387-8952

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.