THE MOUNTAIN TOWNS
645 Water Street
Silver Plume, CO 80476
Colorado’s second-largest cannabis chain targets travelers with two I-70 dispensaries
First-timers to Colorado often get their first whiff of legal cannabis on I-70 as it cuts through industrial East Denver, home to scores of indoor grows. Follow your nose to The Green Solution’s Grape Street dispensary, just off the interstate, for a literal window into one of the state’s largest cultivation operations. TGS carved a 270-degree viewing room into the dispensary’s adjacent facility so that customers can get the indoor grow experience without contaminating the goods. Heading to the High Country? Stay on I-70 west another 53 miles to hit up TGS’s Silver Plume spot, which the company calls the “world’s first cannabis outlet store.” No, they’re not pushing excess inventory or damaged goods at discount prices. Instead, this “outlet” sells flower, concentrates, edibles and accessories at prices on par with those charged customers enrolled in the company’s industry-leading loyalty program, available at its 16 other Colorado dispensaries.
141 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
An oasis of sun-grown cannabis in a quirky mountain town
Turn up the electric version of Dylan’s 1965 anthem ("Maggie's Farm") for the drive to this Southern Colorado dispensary celebrated for its sun-grown cannabis. Maggie’s Farm was the first Colorado cannabis company to achieve Clean Green certification and this weed is about as natural as it gets. While the quality of the flowers is enhanced by the region’s ample sunlight and natural spring water, Maggie’s secret sauce may actually be its proprietary “live soil,” developed for the Rocky Mountains with beneficial bacteria, fungi, archaea, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and worms that break down organic matter to make nutrients available for plant roots. The nature of outdoor growing from seed means that strains are harvested, cured, and stocked seasonally, but expect delicious, trichrome drenched buds such as Jesus OG, a heavenly lemon-kush body high, or Darkstar, a skunky dimension-bending trip. Whatever strain you land on, go ahead and make a day of it in charming Manitou Springs, a walkable, just-weird-enough hamlet wedged between towering Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, two of Colorado’s top natural attractions.