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Spring 2011: MMJ Centers 

A-Wellness Centers

Strains: 45

Central: 2918 Wood Ave., 258-8406, awellnesscenters.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Near the corner of West Fillmore Street and North Cascade Avenue lies A-Wellness Centers, where you can find $10 grams and $35 eighths on all strains, as well as $5 Keef Colas. Look for rubbing oils, healing salves and smoking accessories. And what should you try? "Super Lemon Haze," manager Mike Scudder says. "It's a sativa, and a two-time cannabis winner. We got the seeds from Europe."

A Cut Above

Strains: 30 to 40

Central: 1150 E. Fillmore St., 434-1665

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A Cut Above offers a waiting room featuring a big-screen TV and leather couches, leading into a separate space containing edibles, tinctures, hash, joints and medical pain relievers. Look for unique, clone-only strains that nobody else carries, says one employee.

Acme Smoke

Strains: 30

Central: 1202 E. Fillmore St., 219-5766, acmesmoke.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you miss Acme's location next to Yakibob's and Conway's Red Top, look for its huge sign. Once inside, look for all the rest: edibles from North Shore Edibles, TinctureBelle tinctures, granola bars, Keef Cola and hard candies. Also, there's lotions, balms and three kinds of hash. And clones? Acme's got clones. "They're Blue Dream clones, and they're huge and unbelievable," says manager Jocelyn (last name withheld).

Advanced Cure for Vera Vestura

Strains: 30

Old Colorado City (OCC): 2755 Ore Mill Road, #13, 510-5737

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Advanced Cure for Vera Vestura — the last two words apparently meaning "well-being" in Icelandic — offers a variety of edibles, including trail mix and granola bars, as well as a special on $10 grams.

All Good Care Center

Strains: 40

Downtown: 329 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 630-5500, allgoodcarecenter.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"We offer good medicine at good prices," says center owner David Schiller. Additionally, Schiller is now offering a bigger line of infused products: frozen pizzas, potpies, buffalo wings and more. Look for discounts for disabled veterans; massage services, clones, balms and rubbing ointments; smoking accessories; and free clinics on growing, medical licensure and legal rights.

All Saints Medical Center

Strains: 18

Central: 2101 E. Platte Ave., 465-3806, allsaintsmedical.net

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Across from the Black Sheep lies All Saints, which offers edibles and infused products galore: candies, chips, brownies, lollipops, tinctures, hash pills, hot chocolate, chai tea, fudge, mini peanut butter cups and more. If you're interested in an individual strain, the center recommends its Texas Shoreline, which is 90 percent indica. First-time customers receive a free joint, and everyone can look for $8 grams on select strains for a limited time.

Alternative Medicine Colorado Springs

Strains: 40

OCC: 2606 W. Colorado Ave., 358-6955

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Alternative Medicine Colorado Springs says it offers professional caregiving services. "We're here to help anyone who needs help," says owner Jack Roth. Expect to find hash, edibles and tinctures as well as 40-plus strains, and discounts for seniors. With recently lowered prices, eighths start at $25.

Altitude Organic Medicine

Strains: 8 to 15

OCC: 822 W. Colorado Ave., 313-9841, altitudeorganicmedicine.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Strains: 15

Downtown: 409 S. Nevada Ave., 434-7918

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

While the center's name is licensed from a Denver-based company, each Altitude Organic is independently owned and operated. The Old Colorado City location offers all organic strains, tinctures from TinctureBelle, lotions and edibles such as brownies, trail mix, popcorn, Keef Cola, Baked Canna Goods, North Shore Edibles and Cheeba Chews. If spliffs are your thing, find cross, triple cross and King Kong joints. The South Nevada location says it offers a laid-back atmosphere, complete with lounge and big-screen TV. Expect $30 eighths, Medi Snacks, Keef Cola, and some hydroponic growing equipment. It also sells $30 grams of Caviar: medication infused with hash honey oil and rolled in keef.

Amendment 20 Caregivers

Strains: 20

Central: 2727 Palmer Park Blvd., 434-0420

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In a relaxed setting, Amendment 20 runs the gamut with its offerings: $50 quarter-ounces on all strains; edibles like candies, cakes and sodas; balms, tinctures, glassware, vaporizers, grinders, powdered hash, hash pills, seeds and clones. Additional services include counseling and grow consulting. "We want to do all that we can to help those fighting cancer with medical marijuana, because we believe that it helps," says the unnamed owner. Additionally, several strains are professionally tested by Full Spectrum Laboratories.

Apothecare Medicinal Center

Strains: 12

Southgate: 1526 S. Nevada Ave., 344-9435, apothecaremmj.com

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Nicole Romero's Apothecare offers edibles from Keef Cola and Gaia's Garden, not to mention sprays, punches, energy drinks, spa treatments, medicated balms, pipes, tinctures and papers, plus clones that start at $10. "[We provide] discretion, confidentiality and a friendly, educated staff," says Romero, who also offers 10 percent off all products for members and a free joint for signing up.

Aromas and Herbs

Strains: 20

OCC: 2514 W. Colorado Ave. #206, 930-9846, gogreencross.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Aromas and Herbs is now housed in a new, bigger space, but the center's original ethos of "discreet and upscale" still stands. Acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy and Reiki treatments are all available. And "it's 100 percent Colorado, every penny we spend," says owner KC Stark. Look for a full line of edibles and roughly 20 strains, not to mention a little industry know-how. "I spend more of my time right now advocating and helping industry professionals than I actually do selling marijuana," says Stark. "It thrills me."

Best Budz

Strains: 30

Academy (North): 4150 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #4132, 598-0168

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located on the northeast corner of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard, Best Budz provides edibles, drinks, hash, tinctures and a large assortment of glassware. Customers have mentioned lower pricing here than at other dispensaries, says one employee.

Bijou Wellness Center

Strains:19

Central: 2132 E. Bijou St., 465-2407, bijouwellnesscenter.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, by appointment only

Military-veteran-owned Bijou Wellness Center offers high-end organic strains and topical salves, as well as massage, acupuncture, counseling, craniosacral therapy and more. Look for a focus on servicing the needs of veterans and active military. Cannabutter, infused extra-virgin olive oil, sodas, banana bread, cookies, pretzels, hash brownies, tinctures and Cheeba Chews are just a sampling of available edibles. "We understand our patients' needs and offer professional and discreet health care solutions," says owner Jack Myers.

Briargate Wellness Center

Strains: 25

Briargate: 890 Dublin Blvd., Suite C, 598-3510, briargatewellnesscenter.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When not being confused with a "clean, professional and upscale" doctor's office, Joe DiFabio's BWC is churning out the care: edibles, tinctures, sodas, candy bars, creams and lotions, not to mention hash oil, keef and $30 grams of Caviar. "We try to be the total wellness center for our patients — we bend over backward for patients," DiFabio says. "We do whatever it takes to make them feel safe and secure."

Broadmoor Wellness Center

Strains: 20

Southgate: 1414 S. Tejon St., 634-0420, broadmoorwellnesscenter.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Broadmoor Wellness claims to be "the most beautiful and relaxing dispensary in town." Look for Mile High Ice Cream, Discreet Treats products, drinks from MarQaha and Green Dragon, brownies, wellness drops, tinctures, hash caps, lotions, balms and more.

Canna Caregivers

Strains: 25 to 30

Academy (North): 3220 N. Academy Blvd., #4, 597-6685, cannacaregivers.com.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The Canna Center

Strains: 25 to 30

Powers: 2306 N. Powers Blvd., 597-9333

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Caregivers at Canna say all the house strains are Colorado-grown and organic. "What people like is that we are medical in nature. We're located in a medical building, not just a retail store," says owner Tyla Reimers. "It seems to be what sets us apart for our patients." Canna offers all the amenities of a full-service center, including a wide array of edibles from Twirling Hippy, Mile High Ice Cream, MarQaha, Cheeba Chews, TinctureBelle, Dixie Elixir, Keef Cola, other baked goods and lotions.

Canna Meds Wellness Center

Strains: 50

Academy (North): 2363 N. Academy Blvd., 638-6337, cannamedswellnesscenter.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Billed as "a full wellness center," CMWC offers all the usual tinctures and rubs, but a new line of Star Wars-related strains is making its way out. All told, one employee says, a total of 50 strains are available "that most people around here haven't seen." Eighths for top-shelf meds typically run around $35, though members receive select eighths for $25.

Canna-Pothecary

Strains: 15 to 20

OCC: 1730 W. Colorado Ave., 633-2511

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Asked to describe what Canna-Pothecary focuses on, one unnamed employee answers right away: "A lot of earwax hash." So look for several varieties and a full line of edibles, as well as roughly 15 strains, with the Grape Skunk being the definite standout. Members receive 20 percent off on all items in the center, and while cancer awareness is not as big an issue for the center as it has been in the past, there are still some items like supportive hats.

Cannabicare

Strains: 20

Powers: 1466 Woolsey Heights, 573-2262, cannabicare.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located near Peterson Air Force Base, Cannabicare is offering more than a dozen strains, $35 eighths for members, and smoking accessories and edibles. Says one employee: "We're geared toward patients in need, and not recreational users."

Cannabinoids Medical Marijuana Center

Strains: 60

Central: 516 Arrawanna St., 344-9461

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Patient services abound at Cannabinoids Medical Marijuana Center, including massage therapy, and perks for members like 10 percent off and a free gram every week. Look for assorted edibles, tinctures, grow and cooking classes, as well as general information on medical marijuana.

Cannabis Medical Rx

Strains: 12 to 50

Central: 1120 N. Circle Drive, #116, 634-5670, cannabismedicalrx.com

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

One employee says, "We don't like to think of ourselves as just another dispensary, but as a second home for our patients." Look for infused products like hash, hash pills and oil, as well as edibles from Discreet Treats, various sodas and tinctures. The center offers monthly specials, and will be celebrating its one-year anniversary in May, which will end with a drawing for a big-screen TV.

Cannabis Therapeutics

Strains: 60

Central: 907 E. Fillmore St., 633-7124, cannabistherapeutics.net

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One employee says Cannabis Therapeutics is the oldest center in the state. It boasts its own lab for THC-sample testing — in-house or patient-provided — and offers more products than there are letters in the word "tetrahydrocannabinol." Consider: specials on $75 ounces for members; varieties of clones and mother plants; medicated bubble bath, shower scrubs and hand soaps; tinctures and glycerins; THC sprays and drops; roll-ons, rubs and salves; and candies, bubble gum and suckers. For other forms of intake, look for papers, blunts, wraps, rolls, cones, one-hitters, dugouts, water pipes, bongs, double bubblers and vaporizers all sent out the door in odor-proof, waterproof bags.

Cannacare

Strains: 30

Academy (South): 1675 Jet Wing Drive, 596-3010, coloradocannacare.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tucked behind a 7-Eleven at the northeast corner of Fountain Boulevard and Jet Wing Drive, Cannacare serves patients' needs with edibles, sodas, ice cream and, of course, the leaf. Specific discounts are no longer offered, but an employee says prices have dropped so low — for example, $30 eighths — that they're no longer needed.

Colorado Alternative Care Services

Strains: 23

OCC: 1402 W. Colorado Ave., 963-8495, coloradoalternative-careservices.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Members receive special pricing on a variety of medication, says one unnamed employee. The center focuses on offering high-quality strains loaded with THC, but also stocks general edibles, including brownies and cookies, as well as tinctures, oils and salves.

Colorado Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 30

Downtown: 2203 N. Weber St.. 634-7389

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CCC features "edibles that are guaranteed to work," says employee Ben Mitton, as well as hard candies, vaporizers, glass pipes and medicated lip balms. It has been serving the medical marijuana community since August '09; look for $20-to-$60 locally grown eighths. "When people see our selection, they'll find out we're one of the better [dispensaries] in town," Mitton says. Though walk-ins are technically welcome, a phone call 15 minutes prior to arrival is appreciated.

Comfort Care Centers

Strains: 25

Woodland Park: 1750 E. U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 686-8144, pikespeakcomfortcarecenters.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One of the few dispensaries located in Teller County, Comfort Care Centers invites all comers, but tends to cater to senior citizens, with educational classes and a 10-percent-off senior discount. Look for staple strains such as AK-47, Sour Diesel and Island Sweet Skunk — not to mention a new selection via seeds from Centennial Seed Co. — as well as varied edibles, tinctures, bath teas and lotions.

Crossroads MMC

Strains: 15

Central: 176 Talamine Court, #110, 219-0054

Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, by appointment only

"We're a small shop, and still growing, not trying to do anything too crazy," says owner Triton Gulczynski. "You know, just take care of our patients." The center is doing just that while tucked away in an industrial park, says the owner, who's favorite strains are Master Kush, Romulan and Mango Kush. Also look for a full lineup of edibles.

Eagle's Nest Wellness Center

Strains: 18

Cascade: 8455 W. U.S. Hwy. 24, 687-2928, eaglesnestsanctuary.com

Hours: Monday-Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

After $250,000 in renovations, Eagle's Nest Wellness Center held its grand opening in the old Swiss Miss building last August. Owner, priest and biochemist Lono Ho'ala was forced to move his established Eagle's Nest retreat due to zoning issues, and picked the area landmark as the new site for his holistic and naturopathic medicines, nature walks and "rational, reality-based classes," like the grow classes held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, and the shamanic trainings held every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a potluck. There's also a dispensary, which the religion of Ho'ala Huna considers a natural offshoot of its practice.

East West Alternative Medicine

Strains: 40

Downtown: 306 S. Nevada Ave., 332-4262, eastwestalternativemedicine.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

EWAM says it caters to the older crowd of patients, offering a variety of edibles, tinctures, lotions, pipes and vaporizers. One employee says the center is focusing on increasing its strain count, estimating it will be up to 60 by the end of May.

Emerald City Wellness

Strains: 29

West side: 1353 S. Eighth St., #102, 344-8046

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; 5 to 7 p.m. for members, by appointment

Discreetly located in the basement of an Eighth Street office complex, Emerald City brings a spacious professional office feel (read: leather couches and coffee tables). An oxygen bar offers relief from insomnia, pain and ADHD, among other ailments, while a lineup of edibles from Simply Pure and MarQaha take care of the rest; all strains are capped at $35 per eighth. ECW also serves as an information base for the MMJ-advocacy organization Americans for Safe Access.

Enlightened Care

Strains: 25

Northwest: 757 Garden of the Gods Road, 531-7079

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Behind the Wendy's lies Enlightened Care, which one unnamed employee describes as a "café-style" center, with a coffee bar, waiting room and a showcase of different medications. Additionally, look for what the center describes as one of the city's largest selections of edibles, tinctures, bubble hash, keef and oils.

Epic Medical Caregivers

Strains: 28

Academy (North): 3631 Galley Road, 638-4596, epicmedcares.com

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A representative for Epic Medical says its blueberry muffins are known area-wide, not to mention its selection of medicated popcorn, hard candies, cookies and rice-marshmallow treats. In addition to its line of dense medication, the center champions charitable causes; in its Patients for Patients program, the center collects money to help improve the lives of its patients.

FRAM

Strains: 36

Northwest: 5913 N. Nevada Ave., 213-0118

Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Standing for Front Range Alternative Medicine, FRAM offers a "match 'em" policy every day to all patients — designated or not — where medication purchases are matched by the center (up to 7 grams), as well as varying daily specials. FRAM provides hash, tinctures, edibles and Colorado-grown medication, as well as specialists in acupuncture, hot rock therapy, Reiki and deep tissue massage who will travel to a patient's location.

Green Earth Wellness Center

Strains: 30

OCC: 519 N. 30th St., 633-6337

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Green Earth folks say they specialize in higher-end medicines and edibles. You can also find a full line of rubs, tinctures and related items in a space with an art-gallery feel.

The Green House

Strains: 30

OCC: 1024 W. Colorado Ave., 344-5996, thegreenhousecs.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From a free gram with the purchase of a fourth on Freebie Fridays, to $5 off an eighth on Wednesdays, The Green House offers a variety of specials. Owner Isaac Mavashev says the center has some of the cheapest vaporizers and pipes in town. It also offers a wide range of edibles, including a full line-up of Benz cookies, brownies, iced tea, truffles, hard candies and tinctures.

Green Life Medical Center

Strains: 25

Southgate: 1265 Lake Plaza Drive, #A, 571-9955, greenlifemed.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

"We're big on the caregiving side," says co-owner Josh Powner, who says either he or another owner is in the building every day. "Our knowledge level is very high, and customers like our service when compared to other dispensaries." Located in a clinical-type facility near Tinseltown, Green Life is open all holidays and provides organic edibles like take 'n bake frozen meals, brownies, pumpkin bread and raspberry granola, as well as tinctures, lotions and 120 varieties of clone. Look for its house-made Spice strain: Similar to Caviar, it's medication that's been soaked in hash oil, and rolled in keef.

Green Love Wellness

Strains: 25 to 30

Central: 1930 E. Platte Ave., 465-1292

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Green Love offers edibles and pipes, as well as recently lowered prices on the medication itself. Specials include a free joint with purchase of an eighth or more, as well as a deal where members receive 15 percent off.

Green Pharm

Strains: 20

Central: 325 Delaware Drive, 591-2070

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 :30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Grams of medication start at $8, eighths at $25 and ounces can be had for $180. "We're trying to be fair with people," says co-owner Gary Beierle, adding: "We run a clean, professional dispensary. That's our main thing." Also look for hash and hash oil, smoking accessories, tinctures and candies.

Grow Life

Strains: 25

Downtown: 219 W. Colorado Ave., #106, 635-1700, growlifecolorado.com

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m.

Grow Life prefers to run a 50-50 split between indica and sativa strains, though it says both are 100 percent organic and soil-based (as opposed to hydroponically grown). It also sports exclusive growers so that each strain is unique to the center and may be purchased using VISA and MasterCard. Look for edibles as well as hand-blown glass pipes and a sliding-scale payment system based on the amount of medication purchased. Also, all eighths are less than $40 with caregiver designation, new patients benefit from a free edible, and further member discounts are available. Uniquely, Grow Life dedicates a wall to an artist of the month.

Happy Buddha Wellness

Strains: 20

Academy (North): 3612 Galley Road, 638-1888

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Happy Buddha recently experienced an ownership change, and new owner Jeremy (last name withheld) says he's got good news for patients: "All we carry now is top shelf at mid-grade prices," he says, noting members receive eighths at around $25. "We don't carry the normal strains. We tend to carry the strains that not everybody else has." While there, look for a pleasant atmosphere and a private location, next to offices for a dentist and massage therapist. There's private parking, and even private appointments available, if you prefer to purchase medication sans other patients.

Hatch Wellness Center

Strains: 10

Powers: 1478 Woolsey Heights, 591-2151, hatchdispensary.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hatch first started in Highlands Ranch; it has since opened a Colorado Springs location near Peterson Air Force Base. Owner Dr. Eric Hatch says the center offers buds, clones, edibles and tinctures, and that patients should expect a professional and comfortable environment in which to purchase medication.

Hawaiian Herbal Health Center

Strains: 15 to 20

Academy (North): 3729 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 522-4442, hawaiianherbalhealth.com

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, noon to 7 p.m.

An e-mailed statement from the unnamed owners says the center offers "a warm tropical feeling and plenty of aloha, along with being discreet." The center that's down the road from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers tinctures, hash, balms, "lots of delicious and potent elixirs," teas and other edibles, as well as pipes, vaporizers and smoking accessories. Also look for massage services, Hawaiian souvenirs and the center's Big Island sativa strain.

The Healing Canna

Strains: 15 to 20

Academy (North): 3692 E. Bijou St., 637-7645, thehealingcanna.com

Hours: Monday, noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Healing Canna offers a large, well-lit waiting and reception area to patients who come to take advantage of the varying daily specials, in addition to its punch card, which offers a free eighth after 11 are purchased. Members receive even greater discounts, and access to a large selection of edibles, house-made bubble hash and a viewable grow room. The center only sells to patients age 21 and over, and gives 10 percent off to disabled vets. Check its website for daily menu updates.

The Healthy Connections

Strains: 20

OCC: 1602 W. Colorado Ave., 203-6004

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Healthy Connections offers 10 to 20 strains, including Strawberry Cough, White Berry, Rock Bud, Chocolate Orange, Big Kahuna, White Berry and Lemon Skunk. Look for "extremely good hash," as well as edibles like the Green Dragon drink, lemon bars, double-strength brownies, chocolate, peanut butter, toffee squares and snickerdoodles.

Heavenly Medical Caregivers

Strains: 30

Academy (North): 5323 Montebello Lane, 598-8218, heavenlymedical.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Discounts abound at Heavenly Medical Caregivers: The first 100 visitors on Saturdays receive a free joint, while first-time visitors receive a free joint anytime. Look for strains like Granddaddy Purple, Blue Cheese and Purple Urkle, plus edibles, clones, hash and tinctures, as well as on-site massage therapy.

H.E.M.P.

Strains: 18

Central: 700 Juanita St., 635-4367, hempcos.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Higher Elevation Medical Products calls a location behind Fargo's Pizza Co. home. Look for edibles, hash, pipes and vaporizers. Members enjoy low prices, such as no eighth over $40.

The Herb Shoppe

Strains: 30

OCC: 3020 W. Colorado Ave., 634-6337, herbshoppemmj.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Owned by Ashley and Kasey Knutson, THS offers $25 eighths on all strains to members, as well as free yoga. Also look for edibles like hash oil, coconut oil, hash pills, toffee, brownies, chocolates, cannabutter, pretzel sticks and sodas.

The Herban Center

Strains: 10

Academy (South): 6530 S. Academy Blvd., #110, 540-6000

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you happen to be searching for a new center, you might consider The Herban Center: Notaries are available on-site for those seeking to become patients, while those who sign up with the center receive buy-one-get-one eighths. Also look for edibles, pipes, hash, pre-rolls and more.

Indispensary

Strains: 55

OCC: 3044 W. Colorado Ave., 203-4592

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Strains: 55

Downtown: 123 E. Bijou St., 434-7460

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Strains: 55

Central: 3031 E. Platte Ave., 203-4542

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sister to Independent records, Indispensary combines over 30 years of customer service experience with a high-altitude, all-organic cultivation facility to offer the best of both worlds. Look for more than 40 strains of greenhouse-grown medication, as well as tinctures, edibles, smoking accessories, vaporizers and more. A representative for the center describes the staff as knowledgeable and compassionate. Also look for member discounts.

JP Wellness

Strains: 14

Academy (South): 1741 S. Academy Blvd., 622-1000, jpwellnesscenter.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

JP offers a "very cool, very clean" atmosphere in which to purchase medication, says owner Nancy Jung. A dual waiting room procedure shows an emphasis on patient confidentiality, while free drinks and pastries are available for the peckish. Join its VIP "Frequent Higher" program to earn additional percentage points off medication, and get a free eighth if you name JP as your primary caregiver; afterwards, receive all eighths starting at $20. Also enjoy snacks, sack lunches and drinks for all patients.

The Kind Neighbor

Strains: 7

Central: 6335 E. Platte Ave., 937-6337, thekindneighbor.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Kind Neighbor specializes in "Kind Capsules," varying combinations of hemp oil and hash oil, available in 5:1, 7:1 and 9:1 ratios, respectively. A high-end individual capsule will run around $8, but one employee tells us it packs a punch. Otherwise look for hash oil, as well as a bevy of discounts: First-time visitors get 20 percent off, and those who become members of the center get a jar full of goodies, including capsules, pre-rolls, an eighth of the patient's choice and more — a $100 value. For individual strains, check out the center's Sugar Haze. "Most people can smoke it and go to work," says the employee. "It's a really [functional] high."

Levity Wellness

Strains: 30

Central: 426 W. Fillmore St., 266-5463, highmtncare.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Levity is all about the discounts: Free joints on Monday and Friday with purchase of an eighth; text message discounts; 10 percent off on your first visit; 10 percent off for military, the elderly and those with disabilities; and 20 percent off permanently, once Levity is named your caregiver. Each month it gives away a Silver Surfer Vaporizer. Note: Eighths typically run $27 for members and $33.75 for nonmembers. Look for Caviar and hash oil as well as edibles like medicated sodas, ice creams and popsicles, and clones, lotions and soaps.

Maggie's Farm

Strains: 15

Southgate: 1424 S. Nevada Ave., 328-0420, bestmedsunderthesun.com

Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Maggie's owner Bill Conkling says his center offers a full line of hybrid indica-sativa strains, and while ithasn't yet offered edibles, it likely will in the future. "My focus on this thing is meds," Conkling says. "We're trying to be straight-up and simple." To that end, the grower offers 100 percent organic strains like The Flav, Querkle and more. First-time patients will receive an un-weighed nugget of free medication. Conkling's goal? "Let the product be our own advertisement."

Marimeds

Strains: 20

Downtown: 222 E. Moreno Ave., 634-8285

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The self-proclaimed home of the famous Sour Diesel, Marimeds offers top-quality strains as well as edibles like truffles, hard candies, rice treats, crackers, muffins, teas, colas, tinctures, Cheeba Chews and more. "The Cheeba Chews are Colorado's most potent edible right now," says owner Brett Dunn. Also look for earwax hash, bubble hash, keef and Caviar, as well as a special on glass pipes for under $30.

Medical Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 25 to 35

Academy (North): 6020 Erin Park Drive, 264-6337, mccaregivers.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

MC Caregivers offers cannabis, accessories, edibles and topical lotions and oils. As owner Ken (last name withheld) told us after sweeping all three 2010 Best Of categories for best center, edibles and caregiver: "We're trying to go after folks that truly need marijuana as a medicine."

Mercy Wellness Center

Strains: 15 to 20

Central: 417 N. Circle Drive, 667-1111

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members still enjoy lower prices on products like tinctures, salves, edibles, cooking oils and butter, and pay $35 for top-shelf eighths. For a closer look, it has a microscope through which patients may view their medication magnified 200 times. Check out the prescription bottles that can be refilled with a $5 discount and Mercy's huge selection of hashes.

Mile High Holistics

Strains: 20

Palmer Lake: 626 Highway 105, 487-0901, milehighholistics.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In an environment that co-owner Susie Breward calls "a groovy little upscale" spot, Mile High Holistics offers medication, as well as a large selection of candies, teas and edibles, some from Breward's own company Native Infusions — "a lot of fresh-baked goods, salsas, etc." Also CO2 extractions, candies, lotions, rubs, balms, hash, ice cream, pipes, vaporizers and more are available. As for specials, Mile High runs a different special every day of the week; to wit: Mondays are Pay It Forward — a donation of five cans, a winter coat or something similar will net a free pre-roll or edible — while Fridays are happy hour, when a barbecue typically kicks off at 4:20 p.m. and attendees receive a free pre-roll with purchase.

Mountain High Medical Caregivers

Strains: 20

Northwest: 4325 N. Nevada Ave., 344-5698

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On the corner of Nevada Avenue and Garden of the Gods Road, Mountain High Medical strives to be open, inviting and upscale while specializing in top-shelf meds. They offer an extensive lineup of edibles including Keef Cola, Discreet Treats, Dixie Elixirs, Gaia's Garden and Sweet Earth Palliatives, as well as tinctures, several types of hash and hand-held vaporizers. Member patients get their first purchase half off, and a flat 20 percent discount off all products thereafter. Watch for their expansion in the coming months.

Mountain Made Meds

Strains: 15

Northwest: 5162 Centennial Blvd., 528-6337, mountainmademeds.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mountain Made Meds is located right on the corner of Centennial Boulevard and North 30th Street, where owner Patrick Warren says you can expect lowered prices on all top-shelf meds like Caviar, as well as clones, edibles from Simply Pure and Cheeba Chews, tinctures, pipes and hash. "You're pretty much going to get a one-stop shop," Warren says.

Mountain Med Club

Strains: 20

Northwest: 4465 Northpark Drive, #201, 599-4180

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At the corner of Garden of the Gods Road and Northpark Drive lies Mountain Med Club. Look for Keef Cola, cookies, medicated teas, candy, natural rolling papers, the Magic-Flight Launch Box, glass storage containers and a great selection of handblown glass pipes. Members enjoy a free eighth on their birthday, as well as a discount for using an MMC-purchased stash jar. For privacy, the center offers separate rooms for all its services as well as a back door patients can exit. Look for the "incredible" White Fire strain that the center says no one else in the state has.

Mountain Medicals

Strains: 15

Divide: 11505 U.S. Hwy. 24, 719/357-9893, mountainmedicals.com

Hours: Monday, noon-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, by appointment only

"We're kind of a unique mom-and-son team," says co-owner Vanessa Haakenson. "I've had several family members with cancer, so that's why we got involved." The center takes a holistic approach to healing, and offers various discounts to those who designate it as their center. Look for edibles including honey butter, Keef Cola, cheesecake, hard candies, chocolates and infused butter, as well as medicated teas, bottled drinks, lotions and rubs. A new addition is its Caviar medication.

Mountain View Cannabis

Strains: 20

Central: 21 N. Circle Drive, 471-4357, mountainviewcannabis.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Tucked in among three other businesses on North Circle Drive, Mountain View stands out with low-priced medication for some members, edibles and a changing stock of tinctures. Patients who designate Mountain View their caregiver are eligible for a variety of discounts, with restrictions.

Natural Advantage Medical Marijuana Center

Strains: 29

OCC: 925 W. Cucharras St., 533-1177

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Natural Advantage offers edibles including hard candies, medicated teas and brownies; tinctures, lotions and potions; and in-house chiropractic care, massage therapy, information on natural herbal medicine, lifestyle and pain counseling and doctor referrals. Members get 10 percent off all products, including books and T-shirts, and are also eligible to purchase ounces of medication at wholesale prices.

NaturaLeaf

Strains: 20

Downtown: 907 S. Tejon St., 630-7300, thenaturaleaf.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We offer natural relief in the form of medical cannabis," says general manager Mark Slaugh, who doubles as a member of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council. To that end, look for literature on a variety of health issues, as well as member eighths for $35. Otherwise, enjoy keef and hash made in-house, as well as tinctures, balms, salves and edibles like Cheeba Chews and Green Dragon. Patients are also eligible for a weekly and monthly drawing.

Natural Mystic Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 30

Downtown: 416 E. Colorado Ave., #101, 203-5094

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Locally owned Natural Mystic offers a discreet downtown location with over 20 top-shelf strains. A history of working with medical marijuana patients for over 10 years ensures that Mystic will provide the highest level of quality care for its patients.

Natural Remedies MMJ

Strains: 30

Downtown: 408 S. Nevada Ave., 800/985-7168, naturalremediesmmj.org

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Natural Remedies "understands the need for discretion and privacy" and focuses "more on providing excellent customer service, and less on the bottom line," according to a statement on its website. One employee says it offers daily specials; strains like Burgundy Goo and Grand Daddy Purple X Mango; tinctures, plant seeds and pipes; and edibles like brownies, peanut butter cups, truffles and s'mores. Prices for eighths run $25 to $55.

Nature's Way

Strains: 25

Academy (North): 5012 N. Academy Blvd., 531-6337, natureswaymeds.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Offering "mostly organic, soil-grown" medical marijuana, Nature's Way runs monthly $30 to $35 specials for an eighth of its top-shelf medication (members get eighths for $25). You can also find edibles such as butter, cooking oil, cookies, Chex Mix, brownies, suckers and hard candies, as well as vitamins, hash, pipes and joints.

Original Cannabis Growers

Strains: 11

Central: 2625 E. St. Vrain St., Unit A, 475-9333

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Original Cannabis Growers — whose motto is "Private, friendly and discreet" — expanded into a remodeled, 1,800-square-foot building. OCG offers $31.25 eighths, $10 "grade A" grams, $5 "grade B" grams, and $250 ounces. Keef and Keef Cola are also available. Limits may apply to non-members.

Physician Preferred Products

Strains: 22

Manitou Springs: 1118 Manitou Ave., 344-5798, physicianpreferred.net

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Along with its sister store in Northglenn, PPP offers edibles like teas, coffees and drinks, as well as tinctures and "top-grade medication" says owner Marcos Ronquillo. Most notably, however, Ronquillo says the center will pay for your initial doctor's visit. "My background is physical therapy. I saw how it was with the patients that were wanting marijuana and how it was affecting them, how [much] better they were — night and day, within a month-and-a-half." Also note that first-time patients receive a free joint.

Pikes Peak Alternative Health & Wellness

Strains: 30

Southgate: 1605 S. Tejon St., #101, 575-9835, ppahw.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak specializes in treating hospice and cancer patients as well as those with disabilities. If you choose PPAHW as your medical marijuana center, plants are grown specifically for your condition. There are also grow classes, and patients can purchase clones and growing supplies. Only raw materials — like extracted oils and canna butter — go into the center's homemade treats, which include cookies, brownies, four flavors of muffins, and massively popular truffles. For further medicating needs, look for tinctures, capsules, ice cream, candy, drinks, salves and hash. An escort from building to patient's vehicle is available upon request.

Pikes Peak Cannabis Caregivers

Strains: 30+

Academy (South): 3715 Drennan Road, 216-5452

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to top-shelf medical marijuana, Pikes Peak Cannabis Caregivers offers a wide array of tinctures, bubble hash, THC pills and 11 varieties of tea. Its edibles include eight kinds of brownies, plus pizza, candies, fudge, chocolates, ice cream, marinara sauce, Chex Mix, caramel popcorn and soda. Glassware and vaporizers are also available at wholesale prices. First-time customers who buy an eighth get a joint and pipe free; so do customers who refer a friend. Popular strains include Sour Sage and White Widow.

Pikes Peak Natural Wonders

Strains: 30

Northwest: 4157 Centennial Blvd., 375-8887

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If the availability of a massage therapist and over 30-plus strains isn't enough, PPNW now offers a gift shop. In the meantime, look for consistent pricing, as well as lab testing on each of its strains. They also carry bubble hash, Caviar, earwax hash, hash oil and various edibles.

Pure Intentions Wellness Center

Strains: 12 to 15

Academy (North): 201 N. Academy Blvd., 570-7432

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Every Monday through Wednesday, patients receive $3 edibles from the center's extensive selection, including products from vendors like Twice Baked and Wellness Drops. Also find tinctures, hash oils, teas, coffee creamers, lip balms and more. Grams start at $12, and members receive pricing starting at $30 to $40 per eighth.

Pure Medical

Strains: 40

Downtown: 19 N. Tejon St., #108, 634-7390

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pure Medical 2

Strains: 40

Northwest: 207 Rockrimmon Blvd., Unit C, 264-0800

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to offering a broad array of Colorado-grown strains, Pure Medical carries edibles (truffles, hard candy, vegetable oil, butter and cappuccino among others), tinctures, keef, hash and hash pills. Pipes and vaporizers are also available.

Quality Cultivators

Strains: 20 to 30

OCC: 201 S. 22nd St., 634-6876, mmjfarm.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"We're not like any other center that I know of in the state," says one employee. He's referring to QC's approach to medicine: The patient tells the center which plant to grow and the center rewards the patient with a free half-eighth and special pricing from those plants. Up to 30 strains are available for selection; the center says some of its more unusual ones are Apple Jack, G-Berry, Banana, Flow, and Lemon Skunk. QC is also the creator and distributor of Sarah's Medicated Teas.

Rocky Mountain Miracles

Strains: 59

Central: 2316 E. Bijou St., 473-9333

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Owner Ali Hillery says RMM — which recently expanded its floor space — carries products from TinctureBelle, Wellness Drops, Gaia's Garden, Organic Labs, Delta 9, Twice Baked, Nancy B's, MarQaha, Sarah's Medicated Teas, Keef Cola and more. "We've got great prices," she says. "For our members, all new members get a free eighth." Members also enjoy $199 ounces, $35 4-gram eighths, as well as new strains released bi-weekly.

S.S.I.

Strains: 20

Central: 549 E. Cimarron St., 632-3232, ssicares.com

Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

S.S.I. originally opened as a delivery service catering to "seniors and shut-ins" — hence the name. It offers freebies galore: a 45-minute limo ride with the same-day purchase of $150 or more; buy-one-get-one-free deals for first-time patients; a free pre-rolled joint with any regular eighth purchase, and more. Look for brownies, cookies and rice marshmallow treats from Baked Canna Goods and health and wellness beverages from Green Dragon.

The Secret Stash Progressive Medicine

Strains: 19

OCC: 2845 Ore Mill Road, #6, 633-8499

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This family-owned dispensary grows all their own medicine. For newcomers, the Secret Stash membership package includes 50 percent off the first purchase for amounts not exceeding a quarter-ounce of medicine. They carry a full line of edibles, drinks, hash oils, pipes and vaporizers, but no tinctures. "We're in a discreet location, with plenty of parking," says part-owner Alex Meyerovich.

SibannaC

Strains: 12 to 20

Academy (South): 586 S. Academy Blvd., 572-1325, sibannacllc.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Though owner Jim (last name withheld) says the center has cut down on its perishable edibles, you can still find drinks from Dixie Elixir, Green Dragon, Keef Cola and Sarah's Medicated Teas, in addition to brownies, cookies, and six strains of Caviar, courtesy of Altitude Organic. Jim says to grab the center's Acapulco Gold strain, a pure sativa measured at 25.7 percent THC. Members enjoy a point-per-dollar-spent system, where 600 points result in a free eighth, as well as text-message specials.

Simple Care Wellness Center

Strains: 11

Academy (North): 8270 Razorback Road, 268-0612, simplecarewellness.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Simple Care Wellness Center "focuses on the medication," says owner Keith Northwood. While it does carry pipes and the traditional edibles, the center is dedicated to patients and their specific medicinal needs, stocking "a variety of strains for anyone and everyone who needs them."

Southern Colorado Medical Marijuana

Strains: 25

Central: 2815 N. El Paso St., 344-5021, socommj.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Co-owner Don (last name withheld) says other dispensary owners shop at his 10,000-square-foot center. "It's just kind of a one-stop, nicely discreet center," he says. As far as what to get? "Pineapple Express has always been our long-term flagship strain. We've also got Flow, Blueberry ... oh, Sage is a real popular one, too." As for other medication, "extremely potent," custom-made edibles are available. Note: The center only deals in prepackaged bulk, with half ounces running in the $99 range — no grams or eighths.

Strawberry Fields Alternative Health and Wellness

Strains: 45 to 50

OCC: 3404 W. Colorado Ave., 471-2837, strawberryfieldsmmj.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In an e-mail, an unnamed co-owner wrote, "Every member of our team has fully committed to our goal to set the bar on compliance, professionalism and industry knowledge while offering an asinine amount of strains." To that end, look for specialized member pricing on the center's "100 percent organic" medication, as well as vaporizers, pipes and rolling papers. And note: "In addition to our revered bud room, we offer a highly developed selection of potent edibles and infused products."

Third Day Apothecary

Strains: 20

Academy (North): 4865B N. Academy Blvd., 266-6699, thirddayapothecary.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Third Day Apothecary is located on the northeast corner of Flintridge Drive and North Academy Boulevard. The center says all strains are grown in-house in soil, and have received recognition in the Cannabis Cup competition. Bubble Hash and house-made edibles are available. All of Third Day's patients receive 20 percent off of all purchases. The center also runs a "compassion program" that offers free medication for terminal patients. Patients that name Third Day as their caregiver are entered into a drawing to win a trip for two to Jamaica.

Todays Health Care

Strains: 20 to 30

West Side: 1635 W. Uintah St., Suite E, 633-1300, todayshealthcaremeds.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Strains: 20 to 30

West Side: 221 S. Eighth St., 635-9002

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As extra incentive for patients who buy over an eighth of an ounce, Todays Health Care has one monthly raffle per location for a free ounce. On the serious side, the dispensary offers free rides to medical appointments for terminal cancer patients, even if they're not Todays Health customers. They stock Keef Cola sodas, 20 flavors of Mile High Ice Cream, Cheeba Chews, tinctures, Caviar, honey hash oil (containing 76 percent THC), pipes and vaporizers. Enjoy a 10-percent-off happy hour from 2 to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and $35 eighths and $200 ounces (includes tax) of top-shelf medicine the rest of the time.

Top Buds

Strains: 15 to 20

Powers: 575 Valley St., #10, 591-7411

Hours: Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Look for vaporizers, pipes, bongs, grinders and scales at Top Buds, plus edibles, hash and tinctures. Use its growing assistance for personal home care, and receive special prices on medication from 4 to 5 p.m. on any strain, in addition to a deal where a new pipe is filled with medical pot. The center also offers a Canna Club, which can yield a patient two free eighths of medication per month.

Total Health Concepts

Strains: 15 to 20

Downtown: 502 S. Weber St., 471-4180, mmj-centers.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Strains: 15 to 20

Downtown: 23 McKinley Place, 635-1169, mmj-centers.com

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Total Health Concepts, a Denver offshoot, offers edibles, including chips and salsa, candies, cookies and brownies. Free gated parking is available at each location, plus a collection of original hand-blown Colorado glass.

Tree of Wellness

Strains: 20 to 25

Northwest: 1000 W. Fillmore St., #105, 635-5556, csdispensary.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tree of Wellness offers a comprehensive medicinal array: chocolates, tea bags, hard candies, trail mix, granola bars, ointments, lip balms and cannabis-infused skin care products. The center also sells pipes, including water pipes, and 10 different kinds of hash, plus hash oils.

Trichome Health Consultants

Strains: 30

OCC: 2117 W. Colorado Ave., 635-6337, thcmed.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trichome offers grow classes and instruction in herbology and reflexology. The center, which opened in late 2008, specializes in high-grade/low-cost marijuana; a"huge" selection of edibles including hash candies, sodas, crackers, "tri-treats," coffees, teas, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, salad dressings and cheesecakes; and vaporizers, lotions, salves and clones. And the Trichome motto? "One of the oldest and most-trusted medicinal providers in Colorado."

uHeal Apothecary

Strains: 30

Downtown: 101 N. Tejon St., #102, 465-3471, uhealapothecary.com

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

One of downtown's newest centers, uHeal Apothecary offers weekly coupons for discounted meds, and a rewards program for patients and members. Look for the traditional offerings of balms, rubs, lotions and tinctures, and edibles such as different savories, sodas, sweets, Caviar and hash pills. Also note that new prices have the additional tax built in.

We Grow Colorado

Strains: 10 to 15

Central: 2502 E. Bijou St., 634-4100, wegrowcolorado.com

Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The leaders of We Grow are particularly proud of their house Papa's Strains, a combination of anywhere between three and 12 varieties. The center, which focuses on service to local vets, also sells edibles and tinctures as well as glassware, vaporizers, lotions and rubs. At any time, patients may receive a top-shelf strain for $5 per gram.

White Mountain Medicine

Strains: 30

Central: 3226 N. Nevada Ave., 622-6652, themmjdispensary.com

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"We have a ton of edibles," says Lacy Scott, who co-owns White Mountain Medicine with her husband Randy. Look for products from North Shore Edibles, TinctureBelle, Wellness Drops, Head Bread and more. Phoenix Tears Hemp Oil, as well as earwax and black tar hash, are also available. Members enjoy $35-per-eighth pricing on strains like Chernobyl and Storm Trooper. Accessories include pipes, bongs and vaporizers. "Our assorted glass selection has some of the best prices in town," says employee Devin O'Toole.

Westside Wellness Center

Strains: 15 to 20

West Side: 2200 Bott Ave., 344-8441, westsidebuds.com

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Westside Wellness has set out to create a relaxing space that feels like home, which plays an important role in the center's community-building activities. The center welcomes patients who need recommendations and help setting up doctor visits for medical marijuana licensing. In the meantime, look for a 15 percent discount for veterans, as well as the availability of the Kali Mist strain. The family-owned and -operated center offers only Colorado-grown strains, edibles, tinctures and lotions, as well as pipes and vaporizers.

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