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

June 15, 2017


Summer 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

(Courtesy of CaptainJacks)

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: 96.79

What to Buy: Triple Chocolate Brownie from Korova Edibles

What People Are Saying:

“My first disp to go to. So knowledgeable, helpful, not intimidating and after a few times of going in I feel like I am pretty well versed in what we like!! I’ve recommended at least 10 people that all love it!!!”—Jentamttu

2. Cannabal City Collective – Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Cannabal City Collective Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Los Angeles California - Leafly List

(Courtesy of Cannabal City)

At Cannabal City, service is impeccable from the moment you reach the front door to the moment you walk out with medicine in hand. House-grown flower strains alongside a wide selection of concentrates and edibles fill out the product menu.

Index: 93.75

What to Buy: Extra Strength Relieving Creme from Apothecanna

What People Are Saying:

“Some of the most beautiful buds I’ve seen in Los Angeles! I love the fact that they grow their own flower and that it’s also organic and pesticide free. I personally like knowing where my bud comes from, so knowing that is great! Very clean professional shop with top of the line products.”—thatmixedboy

3. TLC Collective

1660 E. 23rd Street Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of TLC Collective)

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: 90.49

What to Buy: Skywalker OG from Jungle Boys

What People Are Saying:

“My favorite dispensary in Southern California. Excellent product by Jungle Boys and Oil Refinery. Great service and compassionate pricing. Keeps me coming back for more especially the aromatic euphoric Clementine!”—urbngreen

4. 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 this tried-and-true dispensary a choice location.

Index: 89.81

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What People Are Saying:

“I’m sorry I don’t live close to this place! Service is the best, the staff is friendly and helpful! Def best shop in LA.”—dj2426

5. Zen Noho

Los Angeles, CA

Zen NoHo Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Zen NoHo)

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: 88.47

What People Are Saying:

“excellent atmosphere quality medicine great deals kind staff equal an other all A++ experience. A must visit. Will return.”—karek68

6. ShowGrow LA

Los Angeles, CA

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(Courtesy of ShowGrow)

LA’s ShowGrow (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: 88.42

What People Are Saying:

“Best environment and aesthetics of any dispensary I’ve been to. Beautiful and friendly staff. Probably the best dispensary in LA. Definitely the most professional.”—415xander

7. DTPG – Downtown LA

1320 Mateo St. Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of DTPG)

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: 88.34

What People Are Saying:

“Great shop! Best deals, freebies every day, wonderful staff. If you don’t know, GO…Now”—johng80420

8. Southwest Patient Group

San Diego, CA

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

(Courtesy of Southwest Patient Group)

With a footprint of just over 7,400 square feet, this mammoth San Diego 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: 88.19

What People Are Saying:

“Excellent service, good quality products and very friendly professional employees.”—Wookiep

9. Sugar Shack

2530 South Santa Fe Vista, CA

(Courtesy of Sugar Shack)

Patients love Sugar Shack for being friendly and professional, and the quality flower and wide 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: 87.97

What People Are Saying:

“Great people. Good deals. Good selection. The budtenders are all sweethearts. My favorite dispensary in North County”—hcabnettek

1o. 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: 86.84

What People Are Saying:

“Great service and knowledge of the product. Always satisfied with their flowers. Never had a bad experience.”—j1monge

 11. Bud and Bloom — Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA

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

(Courtesy of Bud and Bloom)

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: 86.15

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What People Are Saying:

“This place is AMAZING! Nice people, great service, and very clean. I think this might be my new favorite place.”—jaylee1417

12. Western Caregiver Pre-ICO

Hollywood, CA

(Courtesy of Western Caregiver)

Patients looking for a dispensary that embodies the laid-back, friendly vibes of Southern California should look no further than Western Caregiver. This Hollywood collective is loved by newcomers and longtime consumers alike, who appreciate its friendly, educated budtenders and great deals. Plus, they’re known to give away free hotdogs on occasion.

Index: 86.03

What People Are Saying:

“Plenty of options for everyone. Great prices, bud tenders are very patient for those of us who like to ask a million questions. Thank you guys! And thank you Leafly”—WiildElegance

13. Exhale Med Center

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

(Courtesy of Exhale Med Center)

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: 85.16

Also Featured In: The 24 Best Dispensaries to Visit With Your Mom

What People Are Saying:

“An overall great dispensary. The staff was great, security was great, but most especially their flowers are the best.”—Beverlyhillsboy

14. Golden State Collective

Pasadena, CA

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

(Courtesy of Golden State)

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: 84.43

What People Are Saying:

“The staff are polite and helpful. The times I have visited CJ has always been amazing! They have a variety of strains and price ranges. Always a plus! I will continue to visit this shop.”—hapavirgo

15. 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: 84.3

What People Are Saying:

“The best dispensary in Los Angeles all the meds are true TOP SHELF!!! Everyone needs to check this spot out!”—SageNSourKush

16. First Choice Organic

Santa Ana, CA

(Courtesy of First Choice Organic)

First Choice Organic offers their staff ongoing training to ensure that they’re up to date on the latest cannabis innovations and research. They’re passionate about passing this knowledge on to their patients, and are always willing to take the time to ensure that everyone finds the products and strains that work best for them.

Index: 84.03

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. If you are going somewhere else, you are probably wasting your time and money. From the fresh sticky medicine to the wonderful and knowledgeable staff, First Choice has it all. I look forward to visiting this spot each week, and don’t mind making the drive.”—snakesalive

17. Mankind Cooperative

San Diego, CA


Mankind Collective offers regular patient education events designed to help the San Diego cannabis community stay informed about the latest cannabis research. Patients love the tailored recommendations, low prices, and large selection, but one of the most celebrated qualities of this Southern California dispensary is the friendly, welcoming staff.

Index: 83.86

What People Are Saying:

“I was incredibly impressed with Mankind’s product selection as well as their customer service. I look forward to going there again in the future!”—Heatfreeze

18. New Age Care Center

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of New Age Care Center)

This clean and modern dispensary carries a huge selection of flower, edibles, and concentrates, and reviewers are quick to rave about their friendly and attentive staff, who ensure that every patient feels welcome and leaves with the perfect product for them.

Index: 83.28

What People Are Saying:

“Going back again to the best shop around. The Palomar Cannabis Bright Fire is absolutely to die for. Best prices in downtown LA area. Never leave unhappy at New Age.”—snowman0127

19. Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-op

San Diego, CA

(Courtesy of Point Loma)

PLPCC offers clinical-grade cannabis products that vary in THC and CBD concentrations, so patients are sure to find exactly what they’re looking for. A range of weekly specials means that top-shelf brands are always available at affordable prices, and free gifts for new and returning patients ensure that members always feel appreciated.

Index: 82.48

What People Are Saying:

“I went into the shop expecting a little bit of a wait but I was called back into the budroom almost immediately and assisted by Star- they had a fantastic selection of flowers and edibles as well as Pet CBD and topical. This place is a wonderland and with a little patience you WILL find something that perfectly suits your needs.”—BaileyBean


8332 Lincoln Blvd Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of LAXCC)

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: 82.47

What People Are Saying:

“Really nice shop! Friendly and knowledgeable staff/tenders. And a nice strain selection.”—DRD22

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

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  • HighDee

    You definitely left off a HUGE contender in SoCal, Compassionate Patient Resources (CPR) in Northrige, CA is fantastic.
    Top quality meds, affordable prices, huge selection of amazing flower, concentrates, edibles, a few great glass pieces AND they lab test their meds, so you know *exactly* what you’re getting. Forgot to mention the awesome, helpful staff.
    CPR is just top notch all the way around. I highly recommend stopping by!

  • Really happy to see 3 San Diego dispensaries on the list!