How NOT to Pay Full Price for Recreational Weed
Wednesday February 18, 2015
Recreational weed has been legal in Colorado for over a year, which in this age of instant. everything is ample time for pot patrons to find plenty of places and procedures to procure discount drove. Here at Colorado Pot Guide, saving money is the mission. We provided you with the basics of purchasing without punishment to your pocketbook, but now it’s time to graduate to every freshman’s nightmare: business 101.
This time around we’ll go deeper down the rabbit hole and explore ways to save money like a local, even if you’re only in town for a visit.
Always Have Your Colorado Buddy
When coming to Colorado, it’s only right that a visit to one of Colorado’s now infamous dispensaries be on the list. A large mistake many people make, however, is making the venture alone. Instead, find a friend and have them accompany you to whichever rec shop you choose. Many dispensaries give local discounts to those with a Colorado driver’s license, and this way you’ll have a personal tour guide for those questions you can’t, or are simply too embarrassed, to ask the budtender. Like, ‘What’s the difference between the different top shelf and kind shelf price points?’ for instance. SPOILER ALERT: It’s quantity, not quality. If a dispensary has an excess of a certain crop, the price of this particular crop decreases.
BAM! First lesson in business 101.
Use the Web
It’s time to graduate from simply Googling ‘Good Denver Rec Shops’ in an attempt to find what fits your weed needs when coming to the Mile High City. Doing so might even get you on a watch list depending on the state in which you reside. That’s a joke. sort of.
There are far more resources available now than ever before, so don’t limit your searches to those dispensaries with enough cash to pay for showing up first in a Google search.
While there are literally 1000’s of sites available online, we will limit it to two in the interest of time.
r/COents on Reddit.
If you still haven’t heard of the ‘front page of the internet’, aka Reddit, it’s time to come into the present. Simply put, Reddit is an online forum which allows users to ‘upvote’ or ‘downvote’ other users’ posts and comments in an attempt to make the most relevant and helpful posts/comments rise to the top. The forum is broken down into sub-forums – known as subreddits – of every topic imaginable. including recreational marijuana. The Denver/Colorado-based marijuana forum is known as r/COents ( ent is a slang term for a regular marijuana user). Immediately once entering this subreddit – which one can do without a Reddit username or subscription, although both of which are 100% free – you will find a post collecting all of the recreational deals for that week (typically Wed.-Wed.) at the top. It’s literally a one stop shop for everything you’d ever need in terms of Denver recreational marijuana info. Dive a bit deeper and you can find individual shop reviews, strain reviews, and personal accounts and even weed hangouts and events, all in the voice of your fellow pot patrons.
10/10 highly recommend.
PotGuide Dispensary Deals
While #1 above will give you the locals insight on everything happening in real time in Colorado, PotGuide offers an all-in-one coupon book for the canna-connoisseur for both medical and recreational products. These deals are not weekly or monthly, but available 24/7 and can be used at any time during normal business hours. Sectioned by strain, shop, and even location, PotGuide dispensary deals will help you save some green every time you buy!
Buy First, Then Head Up the Hill
In keeping with the theme, the next unit in business 101: supply and demand. Yes, we addressed this concept previously, but it’s so important we’re coming back to it.
At last check, the city and county of Denver contains no less than 330 recreational and medical marijuana stores. In contrast, the town of Silverthorne has all of one and Frisco has merely five, despite the fact that thousands stream through these mountain towns every ski season. For those visiting looking to combine their ski getaway with a rec shop stop, the choices are extremely limited once in the high country. This allows recreational shops in the higher elevations to have higher prices. Not price gouging, necessarily, but $60-80 1/8ths are not uncommon. Like you do with the rest of your vacation, be a good traveler and plan ahead. Check the online resources listed previously, cross reference with your hotel location, bus/train station terminal, or wherever you may find yourself when arriving in Denver and search for recreational (sometimes indicated only as 21+) shops in that area. If I was a betting man – which I am – I’d be willing to be there’s a recreational marijuana store merely a stone’s throw away from wherever tourists find themselves.
To find the best prices on buds, it’s simply business 101, with a little local info thrown in for best results. Don’t worry, there is no written portion of this exam. The real test comes at checkout, if you still have an arm and a leg in which to walk out the rec store door; Congratulations, you passed!
Advice and tips on how to save money on recreational marijuana in Colorado.
Colorado dispensaries say coronavirus pandemic is making case for marijuana delivery
“In a time of crisis like this, the more options to comply with a stay at home order all the better,” industry rep says
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As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts daily life and commerce in Colorado, many in the state’s marijuana industry believe it makes the case for allowing dispensaries to begin delivering to customers’ homes now.
Legislators legalized cannabis delivery with the passage of House Bill 1234 in 2019. The law permits medical marijuana deliveries to start in 2020 followed by recreational cannabis deliveries in 2021, but left it to municipalities to individually decide if they will allow the services.
So far just one dispensary in Colorado, The Dandelion in Boulder, has obtained a license to deliver products to patients. Shannon Gray, communications specialist for the Marijuana Enforcement Division, declined to comment on whether the timeline for recreational delivery is being reconsidered in light of the pandemic.
Advocates believe delivery should be adopted more quickly and rolled out more widely, especially during a crisis. Colorado considers marijuana dispensaries “critical” retail businesses, meaning they’re allowed to stay open, with some restrictions, under the state’s stay-at-home order.
“Whether it be a pandemic, whether it be a natural disaster, there’s always people who can’t get to the store,” said Ben Prater, manager of Cannabis Station by Rocky Mountain High dispensary in Denver. “Now that (Gov.) Jared Polis is in office, he should definitely make moves to make delivery a thing sooner than later.”
Peter Marcus, communications director for Terrapin Care Station, agrees. While teams at the company’s six dispensaries throughout the Front Range are confident in social distancing practices and curbside pickup to mitigate the spread of diseases, Marcus said delivery could only bolster best safety practices.
“In a time of crisis like this, the more options to comply with a stay-at-home order all the better,” he said.
Licensing regulations have been upended in the state’s quest to stop the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, the respiratory illness it causes, without sinking the economy. For example, dispensaries are temporarily allowed to sell recreational cannabis online for pickup, thanks to an executive order enacted by the governor. That option has proved popular among consumers looking to limit in-person interactions.
Truman Bradley, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, stopped short of calling for immediate action on delivery, saying he wants local governments to be prepared for a change of that magnitude.
“We just want to make sure there’s a safe and orderly rollout,” he said.
Movement on the local level doesn’t appear timely. Though Boulder allows medical delivery, officials are not considering the same allowance for recreational cannabis, said Mishawn Cook, the city’s licensing manager.
“Instead, the way that we have in a safe manner further accommodated our marijuana dispensaries, both medical and recreational, is by allowing curbside pickup,” Cook said.
Denver has yet to opt-in to offer medical delivery, but regulators are collecting data to determine if it’s a fit for the local community, Eric Escudero, director of communications for the city’s excise and licensing division, said in a statement.
“The city and county of Denver has no plans at this time to implement any emergency cannabis delivery program,” he said. If delivery does come to Denver, the city’s rollout will include a social equity component, he added.
Delivery business has been booming in states like California, where orders climbed 46% during the third week of March compared to the same time a month prior, according to e-commerce platform Jane Technologies. In the Bay Area, delivery company Sava experienced an eight-fold increase in sales over the same week.
Building a delivery program, however, requires many considerations on the part of a dispensary. Employees at the Dandelion, which expected to begin offering delivery for medical orders Friday, must drive company vehicles, each equipped with a video-monitored lockbox for product and GPS that can be tracked remotely, said Shannon Fender, director of public affairs for parent company Native Roots.
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Drivers are expected to verify identification, medical card status and the address at each patient’s home while also processing payment. The Dandelion is encouraging customers to pay with debit cards instead of cash to limit the amount of money delivery drivers carry, she said.
“It would be great to allow (third-party) transporters to begin working with stores to provide the infrastructure for delivery,” Fender said. “By law, transporters may not begin delivery until 2021 when recreational delivery comes online.”
Still, she’s hopeful more jurisdictions will opt-in soon because of demand from residents. Native Roots, which operates 21 dispensaries across Colorado, surveyed its patients and found more than 90% support delivery.
“In current times we are ensuring social distancing in our medical stores which remain open, and this option will further allow people to stay home and reduce the number of trips they have to make outside their homes for essential products,” Fender said.
As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts daily life and commerce in Colorado, many in the state’s marijuana industry believe it makes the case for allowing dispensaries to begin delivering to customers' homes now.