In Los Angeles, picking up an eighth of weed at a dispensary these days is as easy as buying beer from the corner store. While it may have taken California a while to get the ball rolling on recreational cannabis sales after voters passed Prop 64 in 2016, as of January 2018 any adult 21 and over with a driver’s license or valid ID can legally buy pot.
Gone are the days of charade doctor appointments where you’d feign sweaty palms, body aches, or nightmares of that creepy rabbit guy from Donnie Darko to gain a weed card as dispensary doors are open to both medical patients and recreational users alike. The process is now as simple as: Choose a dispensary licensed for “adult use”—the California verbiage for “recreational”—and not just medical sales. Make sure you’ve brought cash as many don’t take cards, and nobody likes on-site ATM fees. Then shop around for your selection of buds, edibles, extracts or other cannabinoid products, and leave with them in a handy pinch-and-seal, child-proof bag.
With hundreds of medical marijuana shops in town, where are the reliable (and legally operating) spots to pick up your 420 supplies? We’ve scoured Los Angeles to pick out our 10 favorite dispensaries for recreational cannabis shopping.
The high-tech “Apple store of cannabis”
MedMen is a far cry from the dingy, furtive shops of yore. Their well-lit, slickly designed stores are newcomer-friendly and will easily quell any initial weed shopping apprehension. The franchise coins themselves as the “Apple store” of cannabis, a vibe that’s readily apparent in the roving, red-shirted sales associates, and display islands spaced throughout the shops. The accessible tablet-equipped counters display various strains coded by color, complete with a touchscreen that allows you to learn all about your potential purchases from Lord Jones THC gumdrops to Lowell Smokes’ organic cannabis pre-rolls. MedMen also offers a variety of edibles, vapes, luxurious and infused bath products, and pet products.
City Caregivers Collective
A massive downtown dispensary that sells their own bud
You can’t miss City Caregivers Collective as it’s located in the Arts District on the ground floor of a huge building with their logo adorning the side like a bullseye. The sizable dispensary is clean, minimalist and neatly organized, with a wide selection of products, including edibles, concentrates, CBD-only products, and more. The stock of flower is presented in color-coded jars by indica and sativa strains. Of note here is Cure Company flower, which is the bud being cultivated right upstairs. Purchase seeds if you’d like to grow your own—adults in the state can grow up to six plants per household. CCC will take care of state taxes for you on your first visit and, unlike many commercial spaces in LA, there’s parking.
Green Goddess Collective
A pleasant boutique store just a short walk from the beach
Follow the earthy goddess mural from Venice artist Hans Walor into the Green Goddess Collective, a warm and welcoming dispensary with natural wood floors, ambient light, and classic rock on the stereo. Enter down a long hallway where a receptionist will check you in, then advise you to head upstairs. The shop is small, so you might have to wait a few minutes, but staff is happy to help once you reach the front of the line and introduce to their lineup of oil, kief, hash, vapes, wax, balms, and tinctures. Be sure to come for “Goddess Hour” from 1-2 p.m. daily, for 15% off select eighths, then walk across the street to the beach and have yourself an afternoon.
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Published: May 15, 2018
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