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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Northern California, Winter 2017–2018

December 15, 2017


Winter 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Northern California. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

1. 530 Cannabis

Shasta Lake, CA

(Courtesy of 530 Collective)

This cozy and welcoming dispensary serves the close-knit community of Shasta Lake. Speaking of community, an overwhelming number of Leafly reviewers mention how friendly and welcoming the staff is, which is a true testament to 530 Collective’s commitment to providing quality, compassionate customer service to everyone who walks in the door.

Index: 95.72+

What to Buy: Sunday Morning Cookie from Korova

What People Are Saying:

“My husband came here first and had great things to say. They found him a combo of medicine for his neurological tremors and anxiety that he is very happy with. Myself, this is only the second dispensary I’ve ever visit but I got exactly what I was looking for. Everyone was friendly and seemed knowledgeable and it really put me at ease. I enjoyed my visit and will definitely be back. Also the place was a perfect combo of impeccable clean/tidy and completely laid back and comfortable. 👌🏼” —AmberDamascus

2. Humboldt Patient Resource Center

980 6th Street Arcata, CA

Humboldt Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Arcata, California

(Courtesy of Humboldt Patient Resource Center)

For more than 16 years HPRC has served Arcata and the surrounding Humboldt area. Its helpful, educated staff will ensure you find the cannabis that best suits your needs. HPRC can also help you get your medical garden started with clones produced in its on-site garden. A commitment to safety through lab-tested products only furthers its comforting environment.

Index: 95.72+

What to BuyGhost Train Haze Flower Rosin from Native Humboldt Farms

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What People Are Saying:

“Clean, quiet, nicely decorated and organized. Staff was beyond helpful and incredibly knowledgeable and patient. Amazing selection of bud, edibles, oils, wax, and other products. good prices, lots of deals both daily and special deals. My favorite dispensary!” —AstroPhyxGuy

3. Lux

1859 Little Orchard St. San Jose, CA

(Courtesy of Lux)

Lux is a community-oriented dispensary where the primary goal is to advocate a proactive approach to health management by providing a safe environment to dispense affordable medical marijuana. Located in San Jose, California, Lux operates out of The Plant shopping center, offering patients easy access to quality cannabis.

Index: 93.28

What to Buy: Grape Valley Kush Flower from Lux

What People Are Saying:

“Great staff! They are knowledgeable and super helpful. The atmosphere is relaxed and I always feel safe/secure. Quality and variety of products is top notch. Even though there are other dispensaries closer to my home I will always go to Lux because they are the best in town!” —jlong337

4. Zen Garden Wellness

Sacramento, CA

Zen Garden Wellness Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Zen Garden Wellness)

Zen Garden Wellness lives up to their name, providing a welcoming and relaxing space for patients to find the medication they seek—whether that’s new hybrids and cultivars or timeless landrace strains.

Index: 92.76

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve been coming here for the better part of my smoking career and honestly it feels like a second home. The staff is patient and informative, the bud is always fairly priced and quality. No bones about it, this is a good place.” —SirBear

5. Bloom Room

471 Jessie St Mint Plaza / SOMA San Francisco, CA

(Courtesy of Bloom Room)

With taxes included on all of their many strains, along with a friendly, inviting environment, what more could you ask for from a cannabis dispensary? The Bloom Room embraces its local community and stands for professionalism within the cannabis industry.

Index: 92.72

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What People Are Saying:

“A club right by my work closed down. A friend of mine recommended Bloom Room so I decided to check it out and man, were they right! This club is the best! All of the staff is super friendly and nice. They are very knowledgeable and willing to spend as much time as you need. Their selection is very well rounded and they have enough flower for it to feel like you have a lot of options but not so many that it’s overwhelming. All of the products I’ve purchased have been of very high quality as well. Since I started coming to Bloom room it’s one of the only clubs I’ll go to because they set the standard for the type of club I like visiting.” —lapractica

6. Mount Shasta Patients Collective

Mount Shasta, CA

Mount Shasta Patients Collective Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Mount Shasta Patients Collective)

Members love Mount Shasta Patients Collective for their extensive selection and community-focused philosophy. The staff here are always willing to take time with each individual patient to ensure they get exactly what they need no matter how busy the store may be. With rotating daily deals and generous discounts on massages, facials, and other spa treatments, it’s no wonder that Leafly reviewers have good things to say about Mount Shasta.

Index: 92.52

What People Are Saying:

“Very friendly and personable, small-town style shop. Great quality medicine and selection. Awesome promotions and deals such as 5 dollar Friday.” —Mjg86

7. Caliva

1695 S. 7th St San Jose, CA

(Courtesy of Caliva)

A premier cannabis collective in San Jose, Caliva opened its doors in July of 2015. Its clean, modern aesthetic makes for a comfortable atmosphere, and its high-quality cannabis mixed with its educated staff make Caliva a top location on Leafly.

Index: 92.12

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What People Are Saying:

“Beautiful and thoughtful ambiance inside. Excellent customer service in and out. I’m horrible with names, but my first visit I was greeted by who I think was a manager and we spoke for a while about the variety of products available. She was extremely informative, patient, and welcoming. Every visit I’ve had with budtenders there have been helpful and super friendly. They care about their brand and it shows. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat.” —solsayswuddup

8. Coachella Valley Church

San Jose, CA

(Courtesy of Coachella Valley Church)

This federally recognized Rastafarian church welcomes people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds to experience cannabis, whether they identify as Rastafarian or something else. Visitors appreciate the passionate staff, wide selection of cannabis products, as well as the Sunday sermons.

Index: 91.96

What People Are Saying:

“I think this is hands down the best church/dispensary in the Bay Area. Anyone who takes a look at their unique menu will know that this place offers something different. The prices and quality is unbeatable. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The sacrament area is well organized and neat, and the bud counselors on my first two visits were extremely patient and helpful. Long story short: will surely be coming here over and over again! Heck, I may even get a Coachella shirt next time!” —markysocal

9. Airfield Supply Co.

1190 Coleman Avenue San Jose, CA

Airfield Supply Co. in San Jose, CA

(Courtesy of Airfield Supply)

Airfield Supply Co. (formerly South Bay Healing Center) is a downright beautiful location with a fantastic staff. The boutique-style collective is right near the airport and offers a selection of fine strains, concentrates, edibles, and clones.

Index: 91.64

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What People Are Saying:

“Great atmosphere, great vibe. I love this place the customer service is on point and they have a lot of good variety for a great price. I recommend it to all my friends.” —sarelle

10. Green Gold Cultivators

San Andreas, CA

Green Gold Cultivators Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Green Gold Cultivators)

The level of care and attention that the staff and owners of Green Gold provide to each and every one of their patients is apparent when reading their reviews. Open 363 days a year, Green Gold is committed to offering patients the best care and lowest prices in town. Plus, patients love being able to browse and smell the collection before they buy.

Index: 91.6

What People Are Saying:

“I believe that Green Gold has the best environment that makes you feel comfortable right when you walk in. Many strains to choose from along with the edibles. love it there” —utarobinson

11. RCP Sacramento

Sacramento, CA


Drop-in massage days, support groups, and free edibles for all referrals are just a few of the reasons that Sacramento medical patients flock to this cozy dispensary, which touts itself as the first and only dispensary in the area to require product testing for mold, mildew, pesticides, and potency.

Index: 91.44

What People Are Saying:

“I love this place!! I’ve never had a bad experience. I have had quite a few different people wait on me and they have always been helpful, kind, welcoming, and compassionate. My sickness and issues are never minimized. I would compare River City Phoenix to the feeling you get when arriving home after a long trip. I love them!!” —lobs04

12. Sonoma Patient Group

Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma Patient Group Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Sonoma Patient Group)

The Sonoma Patient Group is committed to providing patients with high-quality, lab-tested, organic cannabis at fair prices. Located in the heart of Sonoma wine country, patients love the large selection (including CBD-rich flower and concentrates), smart and friendly budtenders, and generous new patient specials.

Index: 91.36

What People Are Saying:

“I was a patient many years ago. My son developed an inoperable brain tumor, I reached out to a manager whom I follow on Instagram. Not only did she make me a believer in compassion, she made me cry, the love and compassion she had for my son. Very humbling to me, a very huge sacrifice on her part as most was her personal meds! The amount and the quality, the love and fact that they treated us as if we were spending a million bucks. All was overwhelming and needless to say, I will be going back, as often as my wallet can, lol. Thank you all! Your dispensary is beautiful!” —HumanHunter707

13. Purple Lotus Patient Center

San Jose, CA

Purple Lotus Dispensary Northern California Leafly List

San Jose medical patients feel appreciated at Purple Lotus, where they enjoy happy hour specials, daily deals, and a convenient same-day pre-order program. Plus, new customers receive a very generous incentive: a free gift on each of their first three visits!

Index: 91.12

What People Are Saying:

“every time I go they are very professional and knowledgeable.. I drive from fremont almost union city, and the drive is well worth it.” —jlcoles1990

14. Elevate Shasta Wellness

Mount Shasta, CA

(Courtesy of Elevate Shasta Wellness)

Locals (as well as those just passing through) appreciate this Mount Shasta dispensary’s mellow vibes, warm and attentive staff, and diverse selection of cannabis products at a variety of price points. Elevate Shasta Wellness is conveniently situated between two grocery stores and a variety of restaurants, making it a natural addition to any daily to-do list.

Index: 91.0

What People Are Saying:

“This dispensary is one you should all check out. The atmosphere is great. The way customer service should be. Quality products too.” —TerpeneTaster

15. Abatin Wellness Center Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

(Courtesy of Abatin Wellness)

Abatin Wellness Center’s convenient Midtown location might help bring new patients in, but once they’re there, they stick around for the friendly, expert staff and wide selection of high quality cannabis products. Abatin passes on their extensive testing information to their members so that they may share it with their physicians in order to find the best strains and products for their unique needs.

Index: 90.92+

What People Are Saying:

“Always very quick to get in and the service is great. Everyone is so informed and they give great recommendations based on your needs. Very professional business. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.” —hwillis95

16. Mercy Wellness of Cotati

7950 Redwood Drive Suite #8 Cotati, CA

Mercy Wellness of Cotati medical marijuana dispensary in Cotati, California

(Courtesy of Mercy Wellness of Cotati)

Safe access to high-quality medicine is a pillar supporting Mercy Wellness of Cotati. The collective operates as a family, places a premium on patient comfort and privacy, and treats regulars and newcomers alike with honesty, integrity, and professionalism.

Index: 90.92+

What People Are Saying:

“My favorite Sonoma county dispensary! I live in northern Marin and the quality and service of Mercy Wellness is far superior to the limited delivery services currently available in Marin. This is the only dispensary I go to for my medical cannabis, and I recommend it to everyone! The staff is so nice and helpful!” —juno92

17. Calaveras Little Trees

Arnold, CA

(Courtesy of Calaveras Little Trees)

Calaveras Little Trees’ commitment to giving back to the community goes further than supplying patients with the highest quality cannabis, they also donate 7% of their proceeds to the Calaveras General Fund. Those new to cannabis are especially pleased with the nonjudgmental, patient budtenders who are always willing to take the extra time to thoroughly answer any and all questions.

Index: 90.76

What People Are Saying:

“We are blessed to have such a fine dispensary here in our little Hwy 4-Community. And for anyone traveling up toward Ebbetts Pass, it’s an easy stop on the highway…look for the green cross on the right approaching Arnold. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. I often call first to see if something I need is in stock. They will hold an item for me if necessary–super customer service! Top notch products!” —dragonfly2

18. Harvest off Mission

San Francisco, CA

Harvest Off Mission Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Harvest Off Mission)

Harvest off Mission is committed to doing things differently, and upon walking into this inviting dispensary, it’s obvious that they’ve succeeded. This trendy and comfortable location works closely with local farmers and artisans to ensure that their patients are able to receive the highest quality local products available. After they’ve found their products, patients can medicate comfortably in the onsite lounge, which is appointed with WiFi, comfortable seating, and a widescreen TV.

Index: 90.6

What People Are Saying:

“Probably the coolest dispensary I have ever been to. Imagine buying weed like your in any other retail store. Some knowledgeable staff. Abdulah really helped me out with everything and taught me so much about CBD and it literally is saving my life. So Thank you Abdulah for saving my life. The door guy was awesome too!” —ScooterSteve411

19. Telegraph Health Center

Oakland, CA

(Google Maps)

On Telegraph avenue, in a building that looks like it was plucked from the 18th century German countryside, sits a charming cannabis dispensary celebrated for its compassionate staff, short wait times, and sizable selection of premium cannabis. In addition to their cheerful staff, this Oakland gem offers an abundance of parking spaces and short wait times.

Index: 90.48

What People Are Saying:

“THC is hands down my favorite dispensary location in Oakland. I’ve been to nearly every dispensary in Oakland and THC has the highest quality cannabis and cannabis products, a beautiful location, great parking, great prices, and a wonderful staff. I’ve always had issues with other places feeling too cramped or the service was off or the lines were just too long. Everything goes by quick here but the budtenders answer any and every question you might have or refer to someone who knows the answers. It is the friendliest dispensary and I would say the best dispensary in Oakland!” —MotaPrincesa

20. CannaCruz

115 Limekiln St Santa Cruz, CA

(Courtesy of CannaCruz)

CannaCruz provides medical patients in the Santa Cruz area a high caliber of service and product while giving each the information they need to make they best choices when selecting medicine. Lab tested cannabis and knowledgable staff make CannaCruz the spot!

Index: 90.4

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve been coming to Canna Cruz for a little over a year now and won’t go anywhere else! Top notch product and friendly and knowledgable bud tenders who all really know their stuff. Their edibles are also more potent and more accurately labeled than anywhere else I’ve been. They test everything that comes through their doors, so I know I’m going to get exactly what the label says. They’ve also got great security which makes me feel a lot more comfortable coming here.” —SCMountainMama

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