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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Southern 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 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. 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: 92.88+

What to Buy: 3:1 Releaf Soak from Papa and Barkley

What People Are Saying:

“This is by far the best dispensary in San Diego. I drive down from North county because of the quality of medicine, and the budtenders are extremely knowledgeable. With so many new products, etc. we, as patients, need to be sure we are purchasing what will work for your particular situation. They also always try to save you money on your many purchases. You will definitely be satisfied here. Very professional, but also very, very friendly and ALWAYS helpful.” —Mcflurry12

2. Sugar Shack

2530 South Santa Fe Ave., 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: 92.88+

What to Buy: Creativity Tea from Zen Potion

What People Are Saying:

“Once again Sugar Shack did not disappoint. Every time I come here I leave with a bigger smile. The staff is super chill, knowledgeable and caring, the shelfs are stacked with delicious nugs that has been properly cured and cultivated, and the deals are the on point. By far the best dispensary I have ever visited, definitely check out the Sugar Shack of you can!” —Sdme123

3. Tree House Collective

1526 B South Santa Fe Vista, CA


Tree House Collective sets itself apart by keeping its dispensary family-owned and grown, while operating with cannabis directly from grower to patient. Its safe and discreet service enhances its wonderful selection of strains that are all grown using organic hydroponics methods designed to emphasize each strain’s unique flavor, smell, and cannabinoid profile.

Index: 92.32

What to Buy: ASCND Vape Cartridge from Kurvana

What People Are Saying:

“I really appreciate a place like this good bud, great bud tenders, love the awesome prices!!! Great selection of top shelf, edibles, etc… this is Definitely my new home away from home!” —Okla420cali.resident

4. Gold Coast

Vista, CA

(Courtesy of Gold Coast)

Vista patients love the good vibes and abundance of high-quality cannabis products at Gold Coast, known for its enormous selection and pleasant, professional staff. Plus, their low prices drop even lower with generous deals for veterans, seniors, and first-time patients.

Index: 92.04

What People Are Saying:

“I love this place! Everyone is friendly and knows their stuff! The selection is always good so it’s easy to find good flower for your individual needs. They have good daily deals and discounts to fit different affordability too. Definitely a place that strives to make customers happy. I always leave with a smile! Thanks Gold Coast!” —ThinkinGreen1

5. 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: 89.64

What People Are Saying:

“Stephanie was so great and enthusiastic about my friend and I and our first time in any shop. The selection was off the chain and the bikes and vibe in the show room really made for a comfortable donation experience.” —Erickqueh

6. CaptainJacks

2085 W Foothill Blvd. Upland, CA

(Courtesy of CaptainJacks)

On top of being an alternative medicine collective, CaptainJacks is the only full service dab 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: 89.52

What People Are Saying:

“Best bud in the IE hands down. You get what you pay for in regards to the PR. Recommend this shop to anyone looking for quality. Staff is not only friendly but very knowledgeable as well. Come out and check out the dab bar!” —Mm1994

7. Golden State Greens Point Loma

San Diego, CA

(Courtesy of Golden State Green Point Loma)

Patients appreciate the one-on-one attention they receive at Golden State Greens, complete with reclaimed wood walls and a laid-back vibe. This sunny San Diego dispensary is known for producing award-winning cannabis strains in a variety of potencies that appeal to a diverse range of tastes, needs, and budgets.

Index: 89.12

What People Are Saying:

“Super nice and awesome place! This is the first shop I ever visited, I tried others, but I decided to make this my only shop as other dispensaries did not compare. Great selection of quality products and friendly, knowledgable staff. I would highly recommend this to place to anyone!” —meesterfahren

8. La Brea Collective – LBC

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of La Brea Collective)

LBC is so committed to providing quality cannabis to the people of Los Angeles that they’re open 365 days a year. Patients can count on private parking, friendly and professional staff and security, and generous daily deals on high-quality products at the LA dispensary no matter when they choose to stop by.

Index: 88.28

What People Are Saying:

“HANDS DOWN my favorite clinic. leaving a review is pointless, only because I feel you won’t truly grasp the type of experience that I had here at la brea. I’ve been a patient here for over a year, and believe me when I tell you that the meds are FIRE, the customer service is proper always making you feel welcomed, always patient, and never steered me wrong when making a donation. I make the drive all the way from the San Gabriel Valley.. the HASH is that great. I hope and pray la brea collective never stops spreading those good vibes.La Brea Collective I’m riding till the wheels fall off!🔪” —lparra

9. The Remedy Room

Vista, CA


Sometimes, the need for cannabis strikes late at night. Thankfully, this Vista dispensary is open until 11pm on weeknights, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Convenient hours aren’t the only things The Remedy Rooms does right—their low prices and large selection of quality flower, edibles, concentrates, and topicals are a hit with regulars as well first-time patients.

Index: 88.24

What People Are Saying:

“The staff is always very friendly and eager to help. Some of the staff even remember me by name. They’re very knowledgeable and make the experience as smooth as possible” —natenate222

10. The Higher Path

14080 Ventura Blvd Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of The Higher Path)

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: 88.08

What People Are Saying:

“I love this place! They’ve been super helpful in finding me strains that help counteract the side effects of medications that I’m on. Really friendly, unintimidating dispensary.” —carebecc

11. Fountain of Wellbeing

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of Fountain of Wellbeing)

This North Hollywood dispensary offers veterans and oncology patients 15% off all day, every day—but their appreciation for their community doesn’t end there. Free gifts, edible demos and tastings, and generous daily deals are just some of the reasons that North Hollywood patients flock to the Fountain of Wellbeing.

Index: 88.04

What People Are Saying:

“This is my go to spot in North Hollywood! They hook it up with … deals, and I can look forward to always winning a little something extra when I spin their wheel! Check this place out for sure.” —jthompson91

12. Exhalence LA

Sun Valley, CA

(Courtesy of Exhalence LA)

Many strains, including this Sun Valley dispensary’s signature strain, KS OG, are grown onsite using exclusively organic and all-natural nutrients. Interested visitors can see this process up close through a large picture window behind the counter. New consumers and veteran cannabis aficionados alike appreciate the top-notch customer service at Exhalence LA.

Index: 87.96

What People Are Saying:

“The location has its own parking lot! No need for street parking!! Brand new facility and extremely well designed. Never felt cramped or crammed in, so I felt comfortable taking all the time I wanted in looking around. Customer service was top-notch! The receptionist got my paperwork done super quick and easy. The employees took their time answering questions, and they knew all about the products. For someone who still considers themselves a newby in the world of cannabis, I’ve never felt more at ease buying my medicine. Cannot wait to go back!!” —Bubbafit

13. 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: 87.72

What People Are Saying:

“Only place to visit. Best staff I’ve encountered, always friendly tenders, always looking forward to returning every time.” —WastedKid522

14. 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: 87.68

What People Are Saying:

“This dispensary is amazing. They carry an extensive selection of product that ensures you will never run out of things to get. The medicine is top quality and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely continue to come here for my meds.” —Enunez97

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: 87.6

What People Are Saying:

“With so many dispensaries to choose from, it’s nice to find one that consistently delivers quality products. everything I purchased there was amazing and I didn’t feel ripped off. It’s worth the drive for me since I only have delivery that is subpar in my area. I will be back to load up soon.” —squashculls

16. Urban Treez – Pre ICO

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of Urban Treez Pre ICO)

Located on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, Urban Treez has something for everyone. Patients can browse a variety of clones, flower, edibles, cartridges, and topicals at their own pace, and a team of attentive and outgoing professionals are always available to answer any questions.

Index: 87.56

What People Are Saying:

“been coming here all the way back since they were called Bhang Society! these people KNOW what they’re doing. zeki farms produces unbelievably fire bud, and their prices are all extremely reasonable – i highly recommend this shop to anyone. the budtending staff actually cares about what they’re doing, and provides great recommendations” —theflavorzone

17. 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: 87.36

What People Are Saying:

“Hands down the best shop around! The staff here are always friendly and helpful, and have excellent customer service skills. You can feel free to browse the shelves without any of the sales pressure or sour attitudes that you find at some other spots. They always have consistently potent “staple” strains in stock, as well as a variety of great newer strains coming in on a regular basis. They also offer some great discounts and specials that other shops don’t have. Go visit them, you won’t be disappointed. See you soon First Choice!” —snakesalive

18. Melrose Herbal Collective

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of Melrose Herbal Collective)

Leafly reviewers sing the praises of everyone who works at this LA dispensary, from the front door security to the staff behind the counter. Great first-time patient deals, a generous referral program, and affordable pricing come together to make Melrose Herbal Collective a crowd favorite.

Index: 87.24

What People Are Saying:

“This location is one of the better dispensaries I’ve been to! they have great bud at reasonable prices along with deals almost every week that let you stock up. will definitely be back” —adrielzogos

19. California Caregivers Alliance (CCA)

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of California Caregivers Alliance CCA)

Patients seeking one-of-a-kind, top-shelf strains love this LA gem, but those hunting for the best deals will also have no problem finding just what they’re looking for. CCA truly has something for everyone, along with a team of passionate, patient staff that’s always available to help visitors find exactly what they’re looking for.

Index: 86.88

What People Are Saying:

“This is my favorite spot. You know how a lot of places feel like you’re back in high school buying weed off some shady characters? Not here, it’s positive, welcoming, everyone is pleasant and very good at suggesting exactly what I want. It always feels like I’m talking to a friend and getting hooked up!” —creepynugdog

20. Evergreen – Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA


No cannabis question is too hard or too simple for Evergreen’s team of knowledgeable staff, who understands that each visitor to this conveniently located dispensary walks in with different needs, expectations, and experience levels. Whether it’s Munchie Monday or Shatterday, patients can expect to find a huge selection of top-shelf products at this Santa Ana cannabis destination.

Index: 86.32

What People Are Saying:

“Love the spot and the atmosphere, been coming for almost a year and I always receive great service all the time.” —henry714

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