Here’s a list of current marijuana specials in Denver. Check back often as prices and deals are constantly changing.
|Ballpark Holistic||Get 4 grams for $35! Recreational only||$35||33%|
|Ballpark Holistic||Sign up as a member and receive three $15 1/8th's every month||$15||57%|
|LivWell - Larimer||$99.99 Ounce (Recreational)||$89.99||30%|
|Karmaceuticals||$25 off a Karma Blunt!||$200||11%|
|Karmaceuticals||First time patients buy one 1/8th and get a second Free||$35||50%|
|Starbuds - Denver||Buy a gram of top-shelf bud and get the second half off||50%|
|New Age Medical - Edgewater||Everyday a strain is discounted (budtender's choice) to $125 an ounce||$125|
|Sante Alternative Wellness||Wide variety of strains to choose from - $130 / ounce||$130||35%|
|LivWell - Evans||$99.99 Recreational Ounce||$89.99||30%|
|Starbuds Aurora||Buy a gram of top-shelf and get the second half off||50%|
|Terrapin Care Station - Mississippi||Get an ounce of bud for $200 AFTER tax on select strains||$200||11%|
|Colorado Wellness, Inc||Bring in a new patient save 20% off entire purchase||20%|
|Colorado Wellness, Inc||Spend $75 or more and receive complimentary pre-roll||$75||100%|
|Green Tree Medicinals - Melody||Daily Bud Special $125 per ounce||$125||16%|
|BotanaCare||Lemon Skunk 1/8ths are available on Skunk Sunday||$35||22%|
|LivWell - Lakewood||20% off all medical edibles||20%|
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Tips for Finding Weed Deals in Denver and Paying Less for Marijuana
On September 18th, weed buyers in Denver were treated to a 1-day tax holiday. As reported by the Associated Press , that lopped around $20 per ounce off the price of middle-grade pot in the Mile High City.
But there are still ways to find better weed deals and pay the best prices, all year-round. Price is based on quality and demand, of course, so there are constant fluctuations from strain to strain and store to store. But most of these shopping tips apply, regardless of whether its low, middle, or high quality weed.
Sign Up for Preferential Pricing
One of the best ways to enjoy consistently lower across-the-board prices is to become a member of a local Denver weed shop. Membership often entitles customers to significant discounts and other VIP specials. Buddy Boy in Denver often runs monthly or daily specials; a “first of the month” buy an eighth and get another eighth half off discount; and $5 off for every $50 spent.
At Dank Colorado in Denver , first-time customers can play Stoner Trivia for a chance at sizable discounts. But a more reliable strategy is the store’s 20/20 plan. Customers who sign them up in the Medical Store as their grower receive 20% off edibles, concentrates, and paraphernalia and one $20 quarter each month. Sweet Leaf in Denver offers buy one, get one free coupons for edibles and boasts that it has the sweetest prices in town. A recent deal was for $100 ounces, $20 eighths, and $7 grams – plus premium strains for $125 an ounce.
The Farm (Boulder)
Travel to Boulder where the online shop at The Farm offers many strains in all qualities – and often discounts them by as much as 30% for online customers. The Farm features rotating strains of marijuana offered with a special deal for $100 per half ounce, and runs 20% off weekly specials on selected strains. A recent check of the site also found some edibles for 25% off. Pot has to be purchased in person, but online customers can preorder for same-day pickup, which is helpful for anyone traveling there to score better prices.
Medical vs. Recreational Pricing
There is often a disparity between prices for medical versus recreational pot in the Denver market, too. In October of 2015, Lightshade in Denver “Primus OG” strain was listed at $195 for recreational ounces, versus $125 an ounce for medical. Lucy Sky member prices for most of the premium-quality pot on the medical menu were $10 a gram to $200 an ounce, whereas on the recreational menu the top strains sold for $15 to $18 a gram and $240 an ounce.
To qualify for better prices, many people who gave up their medical marijuana cards are getting them back to save money. Despite a yearly cost of about $50-$75 for a doctor’s visit and a $15 Colorado application fee, discounts can easily make it worth the investment for frequent users and buyers of pot.
The Growing Surge to Legalize Marijuana
Mind-altering drugs have been used by various cultures throughout history for spiritual enhancement as well as to treat medical conditions. Many of these drugs started entering the United States via immigrants. The Chinese brought opium with them back in the 1800s and Mexican and South American immigrants carried cocaine and marijuana with them as they came to the U.S. seeking better opportunities. Other types of psychedelics were introduced to American society over the years as well.
The influx of drugs into the country prompted the government to take action in order to curb its use. Opium was outlawed in the 1870s, laws against cocaine use appeared early in the 1900s and the first legislation against marijuana use occurred in Massachusetts in 1911. Enforcement of these laws was mainly directed at the ethnic groups most affected such as the Chinese using opium, African Americans using cocaine and Hispanics using marijuana.
The War on Drugs
However, the 1960s saw a dramatic social change where rebellious youth used drugs as an instrument of resistance against the establishment and those seeking to restrain them. President Nixon officially declared a war on drugs in June of 1971, but Jimmy Carter tried to overcome the decision by including marijuana decriminalization in his platform for the presidency. Under Carter, decriminalization of marijuana possession of an ounce or less was authorized by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1977. However, the effects were short-lived, lasting only a few years as parents raised voices of concern about the growing use of marijuana by teens.
President Reagan intensified the battle under his tenure, which saw incarceration rates soar for nonviolent drug offenses. Although national figures for drug abuse were at a low 2 to 6 percent, Congress deemed it the “number one problem” adversely affecting the country and further draconian policies against drugs were implemented leading to even higher rates of incarceration. Between 1980 and 1997, more than 350,000 imprisonments occurred of nonviolent drug users.
Under President Bill Clinton, subtle changes in tough drug policies began to occur as he opposed staunch drug czars set in place before him. Clinton, like Carter, publicly declared that drug laws should be lightened and that marijuana should be totally decriminalized. This change in attitude concerning drug use sparked a movement to end the prohibition against substances.
When George W. Bush entered office, the conflict was escalating between those for and against tough drug laws. President Bush attempted to turn the tide back to a tough stance on drug enforcement by pumping a record amount of money into the war on drugs. His aggressive moves not only resulted in tens of thousands of arrests and convictions each year, but it also began in earnest the process of militarizing law enforcement personnel trained for domestic service.
States responded to these aggressive federal government actions towards non-violent drug users by implementing less harsh drug legislation within their own borders. Politicians and other prominent public figures began admitting casual drug use, particularly that of marijuana and cocaine, and even President Obama openly admitted to both cocaine and marijuana use when young. However, even though Obama has said he would reform drug laws, he has yet to shift the focus from tough enforcement or stop aggressive funding of the drug war.
The Rise of Medicinal Marijuana
Marijuana was deemed to have no medicinal value by the U.S. Congress in 1972 at the beginning of the drug war and efforts at research were consistently stifled by the war on drug mentality.
However, medical studies and reports on marijuana as an effective medicinal drug did occur through various medical organizations, peer-driven studies and even outside world government programs. Proponents of marijuana use believed that it safely and effectively aided patients experiencing pain and nausea associated with cancer, dementia, glaucoma, AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and others as well as their treatments. New research even shows promise in marijuana preventing certain kinds of tumors and protecting the nervous system against other diseases.
Those opposed to its use cited that marijuana was dangerous and, therefore, not approved by the FDA and that legal prescription drugs made it unnecessary. The argument against using marijuana medically also included that it was addictive, leading to the use of harder substances and that it caused lung and brain damage, compromised the immune system and was a prominent cause of infertility.
Although the battle rages between opposing sides, the growing demand by patients and the voice of medical advocates has caused state governments to increasingly allow marijuana use for medical treatment. Over 60 prominent health organizations based both in the U.S. and internationally support the medically supervised administration of marijuana to patients.
Currently, 23 U.S. states plus Washington DC. have altered laws to allow small amounts of marijuana for personal use with either no or only small fines. Some states require medical marijuana to be prescribed by a doctor while some allow a limited number of plants to be grown for personal use. A list of states currently allowing limited marijuana use as well as associated guidelines can be found here.
The Complexity of Medical Marijuana
The use of marijuana as a medical treatment, although legitimately promising, is also quite complex. Research has shown that two chemical compounds within the plant are beneficial for medical purposes. TCH (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the element within marijuana that causes the smoker to experience a ‘high’ while CBD (cannabidiol) provides benefits without providing the high sensation.
The problem lies in the fact that marijuana contains a large number of other chemical compounds (more than 500), some of which assist with a mental high and others that do not. When marijuana is smoked in joint form, the high burning temperatures release these chemical compounds that are inhaled into the person. Many hundreds or even thousands of chemical byproducts can be produced by the original inhaled chemicals, some of which are believed to be carcinogens that encourage cancer cell growth.
Other research tends to reveal that the carcinogens contained in marijuana are as much as 70 times more than in tobacco. Opponents of medical marijuana insist that such results automatically insinuate that smoking marijuana will significantly increase the chances of acquiring lung cancer. However, the research on that subject is still lacking and inconclusive.
The bottom line is that those who support marijuana use as a medical treatment acknowledge that smoking as the method of delivery to the human system is a problematic issue. THC-based drugs have been approved by the FDA as an alternative to smoking marijuana. However, only a relatively small amount of 10-20 percent of the active ingredient is absorbed into the body making such drugs both ineffective and unpredictable.
The Growing Trend for Marijuana Legalization
Medical marijuana allowance has gained momentum and is making headway throughout medical, governmental, legal and societal elements. However, a second wave of marijuana support is following in the wake created by those fighting for its medicinal qualities.
Leisurely smokers of marijuana also herald the abuse of harsh laws and aggressive punishments that have been the common theme of the war on drugs and are calling for its use on a personal scale. Americans favoring marijuana legalization stands at around 58 percent, according to a Gallop poll conducted in 2013. That stands in stark contrast to a mere 12 percent favoring legalization in 1969 just prior to the official start of the war on drugs.
Consistent efforts finally produced results as Colorado became the first state to pass legislation allowing controlled marijuana sales to adults in November 2011. Washington State followed suit the same month. These back-to-back moves by the two states provided a testing ground for other states to watch and see if legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana would have a positive or negative effect.
In Colorado, sales of recreational marijuana have increased monthly since its official kick-off in January of 2014. June saw the highest sales numbers yet with $24.7 million made from marijuana and associated products. That was an increase of 19 percent over the month of May. In the first six months of the year, Colorado has netted $115 million in pot sales made through the state’s network of dispensaries. That amount has provided the state with an additional tax income of $20 million. On top of the tax income boost, crime in the state has dropped dramatically since marijuana legalization adding to the hoopla of the move.
Washington fell behind Colorado marijuana sales performance, but the state still made impressive amounts. Colorado reaped $14 million its first month while Washington took in a fraction of that amount at $3.8 million. The largest problem in Washington is supplying enough weed to meet expected demand. Washington has just recently issued business licenses for sales to begin in July because of shortage projections. After seven months of weed dispensary sales, Colorado is beginning to experience shortages first hand and is seeking more licensed growers. Already, 40 percent of Colorado’s weed supply comes from either illegal sources or those considered “gray” which are allowed to grow for personal medical use.
The success of both recreational marijuana sales and tax revenue increases experienced by Colorado and Washington has other states on the verge of joining the rebellion against the Federal Government’s “war on drugs” which still considers marijuana an illegal substance. Nine states that are seriously considering the passing of leisure marijuana sales and use legislation are Alaska, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Legalized Marijuana Prices
The price of purchasing legalized marijuana is quite high, at least at the outset. Colorado dispensaries started out selling high-quality recreational marijuana at around $400 per ounce before adding in sales tax. Even after being available for more than six months, prices still run an average of $71 per 1/8th ounce. Such costs are remaining considerably higher than initially projected.
Compared to marijuana prices from state-licensed dispensaries, medical marijuana in Colorado runs approximately $250 per ounce before taxes for patients that have been obtaining it since 2010, almost half the cost of dispensary marijuana. Prices do fluctuate considerably, however, depending from which Colorado city marijuana is purchased and the quality of weed desired. For example, an ounce of high quality weed in Aspen runs the top price of $400 while Denver sells the same quantity of medium grade weed for $140-160 per ounce. For a better idea of weed deals and average prices from Colorado marijuana merchants, a recent August 14, 2014 submission of city recreational marijuana prices can be found here.
One unexpected problem arising from the legal sale of marijuana is increased competition from illegal pot suppliers. That same ounce of high-grade marijuana sold to consumers in Colorado dispensaries for $400 is twice as much as the black market street cost. A major objective of marijuana legalization was to eradicate the shady world of black market drug dealers, but the high prices of legal pot are tempting some to choose street corner purchases over approved shop selections.
The good news is that some reports already herald a substantial blow to the marijuana black market and the cartels that supply it. Many people are finding weed specials and choosing to pay the higher prices to avoid trouble from edgy police forces as well as the dangers of dealing with questionable street dealers.
Also, prices are beginning to drop at dispensaries as the number of customers increase and the supply of more and varied types of marijuana become available. One example lies in a store located in the northern part of Denver. When the doors opened for sale, this location sold an ounce of recreational marijuana for $450. However, due to more than a half dozen competitors starting businesses nearby and new strains of marijuana becoming available from growers, prices at this dispensary have dropped to $200-350 per ounce before taxes. Today, it’s not difficult to find Colorado venders offering an ounce of weed for an average of $300 per ounce.
The future seems to be promising for state legalization of marijuana for leisurely use. Sales produce much needed tax revenue for states, preliminary drops in crime are being observed, reports reveal damaging pressure against black market suppliers and the overall acceptance by the public appears to be favorable. Medical marijuana use is gaining even greater support and acceptance.