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The 10 Most Beautiful Cannabis Dispensaries in America

January 31, 2017
Farma's Beautiful Marijuana DIspensary Design in Portland Oregon
(Courtesy of Farma)
An elite group of extraordinary storefronts across the nation serve as beacons of cutting-edge design, uncommonly elegant décor, and one-of-a-kind aesthetics. They can be found from north to south and coast to coast, in just as many small towns as in the biggest cities, demonstrating just how far we’ve come in a few short years of legal cannabis. Some inhabit historic buildings dating back to past centuries; others embrace modernity with ultra-minimalist spaces and white-on-white color schemes. Every detail of these dispensary designs, looks, and layouts is thought out, tinkered with, and improved upon, and the end results are nothing short of stunning.

While we considered hundreds of fantastic candidates, the following 10 are the most beautiful dispensaries in America.

New England Treatment Access (NETA) – Brookline

NETA's Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in Brookline Massachusetts

160 Washington St., Brookline, MA

Almost no one would look at the exterior of the historic Brookline Bank building and guess that a dispensary lies within. It wasn’t easy to get it there; rather, it took three years of meetings, lobbying, and a lawsuit before Brookline, Mass. – the birthplace of JFK – finally allowed the New England Treatment Access (NETA) to take up residence at the vacant address in February of 2016. Designed by Swiss-American architect Franz Joseph Untersee, whose main specialty was Roman Catholic churches, the airy interior features a wide stone floor, soaring blue domed ceiling, towering columns, high arched windows, and a wood-lined balcony.

Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast's Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in California

952 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

Exposed brick, mahogany accents, brass-studded bar stools, and Oriental-style rugs come together to make a statement at Barbary Coast. It’s a luxurious dispensary that harkens back to San Francisco’s historic red-light district of the same name, and the Hollywood-sexy space recalls the retrospective glamour of Prohibition-era speakeasies and jazz clubs. Forget the cookie-cutter couches found in most waiting rooms; here, visitors relax on ornate settees upholstered in rich fabrics, and peruse stylishly designed menus that look far more like craft cocktail lists than cannabis catalogs.

Serra – Downtown

Serra's Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in Portland Oregon

220 SW 1st Ave., Portland, OR

Almost everything in Portland is beautifully designed and finished with plenty of hipster essentials (Edison bulbs and letterpress printed paper products, we’re looking at you). Serra, with a tongue-in-cheek “Purveyors of Quality Drugs” printed in little white letters across its big front windows, fits right in. The downtown location’s classic, matte black façade is as inviting as that of any Pearl District boutique or Nob Hill brunchery, and the interior is even more awe-inspiring. Simple shapes crop up throughout the décor, from the small ringed light fixtures in the window to the triangular display cases set out across the floor. Within the space, cannabis products are presented to visitors with museum-like care.

Dispensary 33

Dispensary 33's Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in Chicago Illinois

5001 N Clark St., Chicago, IL

Chicago’s Dispensary 33 celebrates the natural beauty of cannabis itself, with line-drawn murals splashed across walls depicting the plant and its constituent parts. At the front of the store, wide windows set into a white brick wall welcome a bounty of natural light inside, which plays well with the light wood floor, front desk, and counter display. Hexagonal cases of various sizes dot the open space, each of them showing off sparkling glass pipes and other products within.

Ajoya

Ajoya's Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in Colorado

1100 W Dillon Rd. D-3, Louisville, CO

Louisville, Colo., is continuously counted among the best places in America to live, and with Ajoya as the town’s daily-driver dispensary, we can see why. Ajoya’s futuristic counter area, which looks like an Apple-designed craft cocktail bar, feels 50 years ahead of its time; above it, circles of colorful lights glitter on the ceiling. Glass display cases let consumers peruse accessories at the counter, an on-screen menu up above displays a complete range of offerings, and budtenders pull products from an impeccably organized wall of drawers and refrigerators built in behind the bar.

Harvest

Harvest's Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in San Francisco California

4811 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA

Imagine a cross between your favorite coffee shop and local natural market. Harvest on Geary draws cues from both styles: for instance, the dispensary thinks to offer petite metal shopping baskets so visitors can pick and choose flowers, concentrates, and accessories as they browse the cozy space. A tastefully merchandized array of brands basks on wooden shelves beneath soft lighting, and a cheery sunburst motif is integrated throughout the store.

Level Up

Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Level Up Arizona

14980 N 78th Way, Ste. 204, Scottsdale, AZ

Soothing and sophisticated, Level Up’s interiors were brought to life by High Road Design Studio, a dispensary-focused firm that also counts several other beautifully-designed projects among its successes. We love Level Up for its instantly calming interior – it’s unlikely that anyone, cannabis consumer or not, would feel ill at ease here. The front desk looks more like that of a spa; herringbone floors add subtle texture and detail, and a dark green and gray color scheme throughout lets the cannabis itself shine in custom illuminated display cases.

Farma

Farma's Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in Portland Oregon

916 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR

While many recreational dispensaries purposely depart from the clinical feel of medicinal establishments, Farma embraces it and redefines the concept. Smooth surfaces, bright lighting, and white walls and accents all communicate that this is a clean, professional place to be. On the other hand, comforting touches – a circular rug, informal blue bar chairs, a single homey light fixture that departs from the rest of the bright track lighting – guarantee that patients will feel at ease. Even the classic green cross on the wall gets an update – it’s overflowing with real plants.

Vela

Vela's Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in Seattle Washington

1944 1st Ave. S, Seattle, WA

Vela offers an otherworldly departure from dreary Seattle days, beginning in an entryway that features a liquid-inspired full wall mural of aquamarine and burnt sienna. Beyond the information desk, a modern artistic space plays the part of cannabis gallery, showing off a colorful mix of local products and, through a window, the in-house Grow Lab. A strip of rainbow lighting on the wall brings an extra swash of color to the room.

Bud and Bloom

Bud & Bloom Beautiful Medical Marijuana Dispensary Design in Santa Ana California

1327 E St. Gertrude Pl., Santa Ana, CA

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, and the floor has the look of reclaimed wood. Up front, budtenders weigh cannabis out on a white marble countertop, and customers can navigate the menu via iPad. In short, the dispensary emblemizes California cool at its finest.

Did your favorite dispensary make the list? If not, make a case for it in the comments!

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  • Jim LoCodo

    Harborside Medical in Oakland, CA. is my favorite Northern California dispensary.

    • Former Expat

      Also, the interior design is quite nice, easily the equal of many above.

  • Victor Osaka

    I think the best, most friendly, clean, relaxing and cool place is Rose 411 in Venice, CA. All white interior space, nicely laid out, friendly security guard, knowledgable staff.

  • Kaye Buck

    Gee, we HAD a couple of great places in/around Grand Rapids, MI, but they were raided and shut down. MI legalized medical marijuana in 2008. Our state capital has lots of dispensaries. Why not GR??? Doesn’t make any sense to me.

  • alacrity

    Both Harvest and Barbary Coast in SF are amazing, but you missed SPARC which is truly stunning- especially with its vaporizer lounge for members. Well worth a visit and membership.

    • Dee

      Sparc is very nice but also uptight

      • alacrity

        You might have hit on a bad day- their location gets hairy sometimes and the ‘tenders can get kinda stressed.

        • Dee

          i use to work next door…i guess the budtenders get stresseed

          often lol….i like what they do just feel there are places with better prices and customer service

          • alacrity

            To be honest, I haven’t set foot in more than 3 dispensaries in the last 2 years- SPARC was one, and I’ve always loved Barbary Coast, despite the prices. Delivery services in our area offer better pricing, service, convenience and variety than literally any single dispensary.
            And compared to Harborside- the wait is usually less, too.

  • Jason DabbaRanks Hickman

    two PDX….lame! ya they’re top 10…if you dig IKEA. Typical horse crap ratings…Eugene remains posted hard in the paint!

    • simpleword

      Yeah they’re really missing touches like an ‘ohm’ tapestry, grateful dead black light posters, and nag champa; you know stuff that screams “I’m a stoner!”

  • Sharlene Woodruff

    These are nice but really not one from Denver!!!

  • Mark Skinner

    Sitting here in Australia, I can only wish that I was in America.

    • jim heffner

      Be careful what you wish for. Just wait a little while and see how the wind blows. Nimbin sounds good right now. I’ll trade you a Yuppie shopping experience for a little more freedom and I’ll keep my connections.

      • Curt

        My dispensary is Dispensary 33 and the experience is wonderful. I’d much rather go there, a place with many varieties and forms of cannabis, than relying on whatever my “connections” has to offer. Access to marijuana, especially for medical purposes shouldn’t just be for those that want to get high via their dealer.

        • jim heffner

          Glad you live in an area where you have access to a reliable legal dispensary. I’d much rather just grow my own and have legal access to a variety of seeds. Only way I know I have 100% organic and preferably TLO is to grow my own.

    • DV & Child Custody

      you guys in Australia have more freedom then we do , trust me … here in USA we are still fighting to get Medical Cannabis in other states ! and fighting to #LegalizeIt

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  • n_hamilton

    Highly doubtful it will ever pass in this state & literally sick of waiting. I’m moving.

  • Jacqueline Patterson

    Emerald Pharms in Hopland, CA deserves to be on this list.

  • Brian Mattingly

    Chalice Farms has 4 locations right now in Oregon. They are by far the nicest shops I’ve ever been into!

  • I Love Cannabis staff

    Harvest sucks.

    • Dee

      Agreed!

  • Dee

    what about the Apothecarium in San Francisco? its beautiful in there way nicer than harvest and more up scale than Barbary Coast. I’ve noticed you guys do not mention them so much

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  • Loneviking

    Diego Pellicer in Seattle didn’t make the list? Are you high? Vela is nice, but Diego takes it to another level of class.

    • Why DoeKnow

      What you said!

  • HighDee

    Beautiful, elegant and luxurious would describe these dispensaries accurately, and really expensive to boot.
    As a daily reader of Leafly and a medical cannabis patient I would love to see (and be able to share) more articles on quality dispensaries who have good discounts, or offer specials. I’d love to read about dispensaries who grow their own and produce their own meds (hopefully passing savings to patients).
    What I’m skirting around is being a medical cannabis patient isn’t easy or economical these days. Prices are up. For me, the CA taxes add up to be about $10 more per item. The medicine I used to purchase for $50-55, I’m now paying over $72. That’s for one weeks worth of medicine. And I’m not alone. Far from it.
    More and more seniors are coming forward to get relief from cannabis. To have some light shed on the brands and dispensaries that are seeing these prices soar due to the new taxes and are now responding to it would be so helpful to all the people out there that rely on medical cannabis and use it as a medicine.

  • Joanne Madrid

    Lightshade Dispensaries in Denver and Aurora are gorgeous. I feel like I am waiting for a spa appointment in their waiting rooms and the bud rooms are beautiful! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e062aac7fa058279af71598a556fc3c58e3b4624f4c3861d9a7e85e3fe7b376.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/286c2cadf1cbf8e347d0c6a4527396f526f40af0c31d080ea073ee4ef1ff9dc7.jpg