Marijuana Dispensary Review: Mindful in Denver – Westword

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Triangle Kush from Mindful on Colfax.
William Breathes.

What’s in a name? Would bud from a dispensary that previously sold okay herb under another name smell as mediocre after a change in its name?

Not at Mindful, formerly Gaia Plant Based Medicine, which is definitely moving in the right direction.

MiNDFUL Medical of Denver5926 East Colfax AvenueDenver 80220303-573-6337www.bemindful.todayHours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.Raw marijuana price range: $8/gram $25/eighth-ounce, $150/ounce.Other types of medicine: BHO ($30 to $60/gram), edibles, tinctures, lotions, drinks.Online menu? Yes.Handicap-accessible? Yes.Recreational sales? Yes.

The location on Colfax isn’t a new one. It’s been three dispensaries at this point, by my count. First a Greenwerkz location, then Gaia, and now Mindful — though the last change was in name only. I learned that as I checked in and was reminded by the woman in her twenties behind the counter that my last visit was in September 2013. Apparently due to some “boring bureaucratic reasons,” the shop became Mindful and did some renovations. Just the name changed, she stressed. If she hadn’t told me that, I could have gone on thinking it was a new place with new owners and a new grow.

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I’ll admit my memory of Gaia is pretty foggy, but I do recall it looking much less slick and modern inside. The renovations since the Gaia days eliminated the college-hangout feel. Now there are chest-high steel tables with menus of buds and a few modern oil paintings on the walls. It felt like the lobby of a pot-smelling modern furniture store.

Another change is the dual-use recreational and medical sales. Everything is done at the same long bud counter in a room adjacent to the lobby, which means that patients ages eighteen to twenty are going to have to shop elsewhere.
A security guard (or at least a guy big enough to be a security guard) watching over the bud bar from the doorway into the lobby called me back and pointed me in the direction of a dreadlocked pot enthusiast. This was my budtender, who was tidying up from the previous customer.
All of the herb is pre-packaged here, and there are shelving racks full of black, gray and green Mindful jars behind the budtenders, where you’d normally expect to …Read More

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