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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Southern California, Spring 2017

March 15, 2017
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Spring 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 Southern 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. CaptainJacks

2085 W Foothill Blvd. Upland, CA

CaptainJacks dab bar and medical marijuana dispensary in Upland, California

On top of being an alternative medicine collective, CaptainJacks is the only full service dabs bar in the Inland Empire. It has great daily deals, offers an excellent selection of glass, and is always buzzing with social events and activities.

Index: 96.74

What People Are Saying:

“My favorite dispensary. Friendly service, great weed and good deals. I drive the extra 5 minutes to go here than the one closer to my house. Whether you just want to grab some meds or hang out and make some friends, a great place to check out!” —devgut

2. Green Gopher

430 Vista Village Dr. Vista, CA

Green Gopher Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

Private parking and a clean, open environment make Green Gopher a comfortable shopping experience. If you haven’t stopped in yet, cruise by and capitalize on the location’s great new patient specials.

Index: 93.98

What People Are Saying:

“I would recommend this place to anybody in Vista … this place has the best top shelf medications [and] amazing customer service. Always has what I need and I never leave unsatisfied!!!!❤️❤️❤️” —OscarSanchez101

3. CHR – Los Angeles

5470 Valley Blvd Los Angeles, CA

Established in 2007, CHR brings LA patients top-quality cannabis at competitive price points. Its daily deals and large selection of OG varieties to choose from make CHR a choice location.

Index: 93.43

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What People Are Saying:

“Great service, knowledgeable bud tenders and stellar product. lvy and Kat are the best!” —Tipsy8

4. Tri City Emerald

Vista, CA

Tri City Emerald Medical Marijuana Dispensary Southern California – Leafly List

Visitors to Vista’s Tri City Emerald dispensary love the first-time patient deals, regular product specials, wide variety of strains, and budtenders that are equal parts personable and knowledgeable.

Index: 91.61

What People Are Saying:

“I absolutely love this place, always quick and easy the bud tenders are great and the location is super clean and discreet!” —futurebrighter

5. Sugar Shack

2530 South Santa Fe Vista, CA

Sugar Shack medical marijuana dispensary in Vista, California

Patients love Sugar Shack for being friendly and professional, and the quality flower and range of products keep customers coming back. If you’re a new patient, stop by and grab your free edible or pre-roll with your first visit.

Index: 89.76

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve been there twice and I was never disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised that the staff do remember their customers. Great customer service is always a plus and on top of that they have really great deals. This place has become one of my favorites! I recommend to come here especially if you’re a first time medical patient.” —yrod0123

6. Zen Noho

Los Angeles, CA

Zen NoHo Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

In the world of dispensaries, great service means nothing without great cannabis. Luckily, Zen Noho has both. Serving North Hollywood since 2006, this community staple’s loyal following raves about the generous deals for new patients and returning customers, as well as their large selection of quality cannabis.

Index: 89.69

What People Are Saying:

“Great staff, I was super happy with the friendly and genuine service. Really accommodating and great selection, I’ll be back!” —aarquia

7. TLC Collective

1660 E. 23rd Street Los Angeles, CA

TLC Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California

If TLC’s easy access and free gated onsite parking don’t get you, its daily free dabs and pre-rolls will. TLC boasts a menu of some very select strains that are difficult to find anywhere else in SoCal. If you haven’t been to TLC yet, go scope its selection of Kushes.

Index: 89.18

What People Are Saying:

“My favorite shop in LA. Best buds and wax. Everything is fire.” —Argi23

8. DTPG – Downtown LA

1320 Mateo St. Los Angeles, CA

DTPG downtown LA medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California

Downtown Patient Group, or DTPG, keeps members of its democratically-run cooperative happy with its potent, high-quality medical cannabis. Patients love the atmosphere of the shop and the friendly budtenders’ customer service.

Index: 88.15

What People Are Saying:

“Best service and buds never disappoint, thanks to bday girl Linda for the best herb.” —distorthope

9. ShowGrow LA

Los Angeles, CA

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L.A.’sShowGrow (also known as Absolute Herbal Pain Solutions) places a primary emphasis on ensuring discretion, health, and safety for all of its patients. Budtenders are always eager to help visitors find the best medicine for their particular circumstances.

Index: 88.0

What People Are Saying:

“Friendly and helpful staff! Well organized, clean and modern. Amazing selection of meds. I loved the large monitors displaying menu and prices. I would definitely recommend you check this spot out!” –stellarbeats

10. Coast to Coast Collective

7127 Canoga Ave Canoga Park, CA

Coast to Coast Collective boasts an impressive selection of more than 20 house-grown strains, with a particular focus on OG strains. The flower selection is constantly changing, and patients love the beautiful, high-quality buds they find here.

Index: 87.36

What People Are Saying:

“Best shop in the valley, very good friendly staff and a great selection of strains to choose from. This is my favorite dispensary to go to!”—BrandonO

 11. The Higher Path

14080 Ventura Blvd Los Angeles, CA

The Higher Path cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles, California

Established in 2006, The Higher Path specializes in the finest selection of flower and cannabis concentrates on the market, as well as an array of CBD products. They host monthly events that feature bands and comedians and draw a fun crowd.

Index: 86.82

What People Are Saying:

“one of the most professional places I’ve visited. great meds, service and atmosphere. will be back :)” —kushmac

12. The Green Element

1321 W Carson St Torrance, CA

Cannabis buds in wooden bowls

A convenient location and professional atmosphere combine to give The Green Element an opportunity to maximize safety and legal security for all of its patients. Don’t miss the 40+ strains that rotate through the menu daily.

Index: 85.2

What People Are Saying:

“Love these folks. Really friendly staff, all high quality products, and Patient Appreciation Day the 15th of every month!” –SoBayNeil

13. City Compassionate Caregivers

Los Angeles, CA

City Compassionate Caregivers Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

New patient specials, random giveaways, birthday deals, and complimentary upgrades for veterans, seniors, and members who are on disability are just a few of the reasons that patients love CCC. Open seven days a week, this neighborhood dispensary is located conveniently between Chinatown and Koreatown.

Index: 84.23

What People Are Saying:

“I am always satisfied when I come here. Great shop and great prices. The staff is very welcoming an knowledgeable. This is my go to spot.” –randibphoto


8332 Lincoln Blvd Los Angeles, CA

LAXCC medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California

LAXCC’s clean, bright, and well-organized dispensary offers patients a comfortable environment to explore cannabis. Aside from its extensive menu, it offers a warm welcome to first-time patients with a free gram for every eighth donation.

Index: 84.19

What People Are Saying:

“Excellent customer service fast and friendly, great selection of flowers and edibles and wax and prices are sweet … come spend your cash here!!!” –supremeleadersmokey

 15. 35 Cap Grasshopper — Moreno Valley

Moreno Valley, CA

35 Cap Grasshopper Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

Reviewers are quick to rave about the staff at 35 Cap Grasshopper, noting that they’re down to earth, friendly, and willing to take the time to help each patient find the product that will work best for their individual needs. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, this community-focused dispensary has great product at great prices.

Index: 83.26

What People Are Saying:

“awesome spot. kinda in the cut which is what I like. I also like to review a place after a while so I can try the product. both items I got were fire. the staff was very friendly and helpful. definitely going back.” –TheSparrow316

16. Universal Collective

Los Angeles, CA

Universal Collective Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

Sure, offering a generous free gram to first-time patients is a great way to get people in the door—but keeping them coming back is a sign that a dispensary is truly doing something right. Universal Collective has a knack for finding great customers and keeping them. Their loyal group of patients report going out of their way to frequent this neighborhood dispensary, which is known for its passionate budtenders and extensive selection.

Index: 83.03

What People Are Saying:

“They have excellent service and the shop is well taken care of. Very organized.” –eric101619

17. Southwest Patient Group

San Diego, CA

Southwest Patient Group Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Southern California - November Leafly List

With a footprint of just over 7,400 square feet, San Diego’s largest dispensary is so big that they offer free tours to help new patients get acclimated. Once visitors get the lay of the land, they’re treated to military, senior, and disability discounts, new patient and happy hour specials, and a loyalty rewards program.

Index: 82.79

What People Are Saying:

“I personally think this is one of the best shops in SD. Very clean and professional service. they have everything in stock and offer awesome deals with or without the FTP deal. they even have a TV room!” –daddylazy

 18. Bud and Bloom — Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA

Bud and Bloom Santa Ana Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

There’s an unmistakable element of industrial chic to Santa Ana’s Bud and Bloom. Pipes criss-cross the ceiling, sleek light fixtures hang down from the rafters, an uncommonly tasteful neon sign proclaims the store name from an exposed brick wall. Up front, budtenders weigh cannabis out on a white marble countertop, and customers can navigate the menu via iPad.

Index: 82.78

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What People Are Saying:

“Bud and Bloom gets it right with the quality of their store and the flower they stock. The inside of the store is packed with great products and they give a generous ftp deal. Many quality vendors also pass through here and offer great promo deals as well.” –JReyn138

19. Exhale Med Center

980 N. La Cienega Blvd Suite #102 West Hollywood, CA

Exhale Med Center medical marijuana dispensary in West Hollywood, California

With over 60 strains and never more than $50 an eighth, this nonprofit collective continues caring for its patients by offering free yoga classes, acupuncture, meditation, and other wellness opportunities for patients. The location also advocates for cannabis reform and seeks to be a voice for the implementation of best practices for the regulation and taxation of medical cannabis.

Index: 82.28

What People Are Saying:

“Very good customer service and they are very knowledgeable with their inventory.” –snooptthekid

 20. Golden State Collective

Pasadena, CA

Golden State Collective Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

Behind a big red door in the Playhouse District lies Golden State, a friendly neighborhood dispensary known for award-winning cannabis, a generous daily happy hour from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., and some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable budtenders in town.

Index: 81.28

What People Are Saying:

“Definitely my favorite dispensary in the area. Nice people, great selection and prices.” –Goldmund

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*The Spring 2017 Leafly List uses customer service metrics from the three months prior to its month of publication.

**A maximum of two franchise locations of the same dispensary chain may be included on a single Leafly List. Additional locations, if applicable, have been omitted.

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