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Top Cannabis Brands and Retail of 2018 in Southern California

Our Best in State series spotlights the top cannabis dispensaries, companies, products, and activities in the largest cannabis markets in 2018.

While weathering the chaotic implementation of adult-use cannabis regulations in California in 2018, the Golden State’s cannabis breeders, growers, and product makers maintained their position at the vanguard of cannabis commerce.

Taking stock of this banner year, Mary Jane Gibson consulted with experts, cannasseurs, and industry OGs to compile a list of the best cannabis dispensaries, flowers, and products currently available in SoCal.

Overall Dispensary: City Compassionate Caregivers

City Compassionate Caregivers Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017
(Courtesy of City Compassionate Caregivers)

Los Angeles, CA

City Compassionate Caregivers lives up to its name. This brightly-lit dispensary in downtown LA offers a discount to first-time customers and returning patrons can spin a prize wheel for free goodies. Veterans, seniors, students and the disabled can show ID for 10% off, and the shop has giveaways throughout the week. Ample parking, attentive staff, a huge variety of products, and fire flowers from CCC’s The Cure Company make this spot a one-stop shopping experience for many Angelenos.

Best Budget Dispensary: Los Angeles Kush—East LA

Los Angeles, CA

One of the best things about Los Angeles Kush is that it seemingly never closes. Open seven days a week from 7a.m. to 10p.m., this store is always ready to serve your budget-conscious cannabis shopping needs. With award-winning strains like Kushberry Cheesecake and Bloodwalker, LA Kush offers high-quality flower and products at great prices. Check in with your budtender for daily specials—you could walk out with a two-for-one deal. Los Angeles Kush also has an Echo Park location, but parking is iffy, so head east if you have the time.

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Best Boutique Dispensary: Bud & Bloom

Bud & Bloom Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in Santa Ana California
(Courtesy of Bud and Bloom)

Santa Ana, CA

One of the first dispensaries to receive a recreational license in Orange County, Bud & Bloom is one of the most appealing retail cannabis shops in SoCal. Its sleek, industrial-chic vibe, with exposed brick and white marble, is accented with next-gen touch-screen menus. Bud & Bloom offers top-notch quality control on its large selection of strains, concentrates, and edibles, and staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The shopping experience feels on par with a cool mainstream boutique like Anthropologie. Bonus: Bud & Bloom offers a 10% discount to seniors, veterans, disabled, and medical marijuana patients.

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Published: December 20, 2018

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