Best Marijuana Store: Rocky Mountain Remedies/Golden Leaf (Tie!)
Steamboat Springs — No, the final tally wasn’t 420 to 420. But it might as well have been, as the voting booths yielded a well-fitting, 312 to 312 draw in this year’s inaugural Best Marijuana Store category.
Marking one of the contest’s closest tallies, with the lead changing like a basketball score, local cannabis connoisseurs marched to the polls in force to make their voices heard for the inside dope on dope.
With both stores opening for medical use in 2009, six years of operation have put them at the forefront of Steamboat’s cannabis consciousness, each offering growing facilities, medicinal products, a retail outlet and more. And sales for their blooms are booming.
From January through July 2015, the city reports local dispensaries sold $5.25 million worth of medical and retail marijuana, a 29 percent increase over the same period in 2014, whose year ended with $6.8 million in total sales. Through July this year, those sales have resulted in $210,000 in tax revenue for the city, about half of alcohol sale’s contribution.
With business strong for each, 624 voters simply split down the middle as to which store is best. And in a way it’s nice that one store didn’t smoke the competition.
How they stack up:
You do the marijuana math
Rocky Mountain Remedies Year opened: Aug. 1, 2009
Number of employees: 41
Shuttle Service: Steamboat 420, offering on-call pick up and select stops around town
Number of Strains: 70 in rotation
Uniqueness factor: “We provide a high level of customer service from a friendly and knowledgable staff in a professional environment,” says co-owner Ryan Fisher. “We try to make it easy for people who have never purchased or experienced cannabis to make it easy and comfortable for them to come in. We provide high quality products at a competitive price.”
Golden Leaf Year opened: 2009 medical; 2014 recreational
Number of employees: 35
Shuttle Service: No (but located on free bus route)
Number of Strains: 15-20
Uniqueness factor: “All of our cannabis is grown locally in soil without any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or animal byproducts, just as Mother Nature intended,” says retail manager Chris Franges. “Our state-of-the-art growing facilities allow us to ensure high potency and high quality buds that retain their natural smell and flavor profile.”
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