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The 10 best SoCal pot shops worth seeing in person right now



As California’s legal recreational cannabis market matures and delivery services make it less necessary to venture into a bricks-and-mortar dispensary, making the pot-shop experience memorable is more important than ever. Although that’s true of most kinds of retail, there’s an added incentive for marijuana merchants who, because cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, find themselves — and their ad dollars — shunned.

“We have a hard time advertising because we keep getting shut down on Facebook and so on because we’re [in] cannabis,” says Larry Scheffler the co-chief executive of Las Vegas-based entertainment-complex-meets-mammoth-sized-dispensaries Planet 13 Las Vegas and Planet 13 Orange County (the latter of which is on our list below).

“[Customers] advertise for us when they take a picture. … It’s unbelievable. That’s what’s helping us grow so fast — it’s the social media.”

So fire up the Insta’, pick your favorite selfie filter and TikTok down the block — or in some cases across the Southland — for some IRL dispensary visits that are almost as mind-altering as the products they sell.
And, if you know of a super cool pot shop that’s worth an in-person visit, send up a flare. PSA: State-licensed dispensaries only, please.

Not sure if your weed-slinger is legit? Type the name or street address into — California’s Cannabis Unified License Search portal — and it should pop right up (note, business names sometimes differ so using street addresses is the most expeditious route — and yes, those on the list below have been verified).

If it doesn’t pop up, we don’t recommend popping in.

Boutiq Venice
Venice Dispensary

A luxury shopping experience is hardly unexpected at this Abbot Kinney dispensary — what with the name Boutiq Venice and all — but the interior of this 900-square-foot jewel box, which opened April 16, truly takes it to the next level thanks to blue-dyed glass walls that call to mind Tiffany & Co.’s signature robin’s egg shade (a reference underscored even more when your purchases are placed in a shopping bag of the same hue) paired with glossy white fixtures and mirrored panels. The sleek, minimalist feel is heightened by cash wraps that disappear inside the cabinets when not in use and four pedestal-like “flower towers” in the street-facing windows. Each of the towers displays a dried nug of the dispensary’s private-label strains (three indicas and one hybrid) in a see-through (and smell-through) plastic box, spinning and floating in the air atop a magnetic puck. The shop’s exterior spaces are equally Insta-worthy thanks to a foliage-flanked entry in the front and an oasis-like garden space in the back, both in the same blue-and-white color palette. The latter, dubbed the electric garden, does double duty as a place for customers to queue up for entry and for educational events and vendor demonstrations.

LA Times full writeup here.
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