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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Northern California, December 2016

December 15, 2016
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Scenic view of Trinidad Head and Humboldt County coast. Northern California.


December 2016

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every month. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Northern 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. Purple Star MD

2520 Mission Street San Francisco, CA

Purple Star MD medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, California

Appropriately located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, Purple Heart MD drives towards its mission of healing. Its friendly service and quality products all stem from its deep roots in the community, with benefits going towards four distinguished nonprofits from the bay: AGUILAS, the Shanti Project, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

Index: 95.6

Last Month: #4

What People are Saying:

“Knowledgeable and friendly staff made me feel at ease and they found something to help ease my back pain promptly.” —Nighshade586

2. Humboldt Patient Resource Center

980 6th Street Arcata, CA

Humboldt Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Arcata, California

For more than 16 years HPRC has served Arcata and the surrounding Humboldt area. Its helpful, educated staff will help you find the cannabis that best suits your needs. HPRC can help you get your medical garden started with clones that it produces in its onsite garden. A commitment to safety through lab-tested products only furthers its comforting environment.

Index: 95.1

Last Month: #7

What People are Saying:

“My dispensary of choice for Humboldt County, this place is great! Super friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff for patients of all needs. Great selection of concentrates, flowers, edibles, tinctures, etc. Definitely the place to go!” —AvO28

3. Caliva

1695 S. 7th St San Jose, CA

Caliva medical marijuana dispensary in San Jose, California

A premier cannabis collective in San Jose, Caliva opened its doors in July of 2015. Its clean, modern aesthetic makes for a comfortable atmosphere, and its high-quality cannabis mixed with its educated staff make Caliva a top location on Leafly this month.

Index: 94.2

Last Month: #1

What People are Saying:

“Very helpful staff, good experience, reasonable prices and very clean facility! I’m glad I became a member of this fine establishment!” —bloadmonkey

4. Berkeley Patients Group

2366 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Patients Group medical marijuana dispensary in Berkeley, California

Berkeley Patients Group has been serving the Bay Area for over 15 years. In addition to medical cannabis, it also offers other life-enhancing services to its patients. Options like massage, acupuncture, educational events, and legal assistance help BPG foster a compassionate community.

Index: 93.08

Last Month: #6

What People are Saying:

“When you walk to the front security is not rude, the ladies at the desk were cool, it went smooth. Very helpful budtenders. First time patient gift is awesome too.” —yalmang

5. Harvest – San Francisco

4811 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA

Harvest medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, California

This is not your typical dispensary. Exceptional service, quality, and access to the knowledge necessary to soothe what ails you is the mantra of Harvest. Indulge in an accommodating atmosphere where a love of community and cannabis is readily shared seven days a week.

Index: 92.97

Last Month: #41

What People are Saying:

“Overall best dispensary experience.  Love the traditional shop layout, nice strains offered with all info available, and a killer assortment of edibles, topicals, etc.” —pkpdogg

6. Urban Pharm – San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Urban Pharm Northern California Leafly List

Many dispensaries strive to create a warm and welcoming environment, but Urban Pharm goes above and beyond. Tasteful steampunk décor, friendly staff, and ongoing events like Karaoke Wednesdays and Comedy Night Thursdays are just a few of the things that make Urban Pharm a real San Francisco treat.

Index: 92.74

Last Month: #15

What People are Saying:

“Very very knowledgeable. Long time OMMP customer and they know great values.” —pdxkurt

7. Elemental Wellness

San Jose, CA

Elemental Wellness Dispensary Leafly List

Free chair massages, yoga classes, and cannabis cooking seminars are just a few of the things that make this San Jose medical dispensary unique. On top of the location’s popular community-building initiatives, Elemental Wellness has a team of dedicated, professional staff and large selection of top-notch cannabis.

Index: 92.57

Last Month: #23

What People are Saying:

“The hype is REAL! Up until my first visit, I had heard a lot of hype about this place and I thought everyone was exaggerating. I was wrong. Everyone working here seems to have been finely trained to be true professionals.” —SmokemonG0

8. 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center – Richmond

Richmond, CA

Since january 2014, it's allowed to sell and buy cannabis legally in Colorado, USA.

Richmond’s 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center works hard to live up to its stated mission: “Provide great medicine and great service in a friendly, informed and secure environment.” By listening carefully to patients’ unique circumstances and tailoring their service accordingly, the team ensures that every visitor leaves happy with the products they require in tow.

Index: 92.41

Last Month: #18

What People are Saying:

“The selection was awesome, I like how they have some items on display so you can view at your own convenience. My bud tender was chill, knowledgeable.” —LS87

9. Purple Lotus Patient Center

San Jose, CA

Purple Lotus Dispensary Northern California Leafly List

San Jose medical patients feel appreciated at Purple Lotus, where they enjoy happy hour specials, daily deals, and a convenient same-day pre-order program. Plus, new customers receive a very generous incentive: a free gift on each of their first three visits!

Index: 92.14

Last Month: #11

What People are Saying:

“Love this dispensary!!! If you go please get your hands on golden gate Girl Scout.” —McMarvel

10. Bloom Room

471 Jessie St Mint Plaza / SOMA San Francisco, CA

Bloom Room medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, California

With taxes included on all of their many strains, along with 4 gram eighths and a friendly, inviting environment, what more could you ask for from a cannabis dispensary? The Bloom Room embraces its local community and stands for professionalism within the cannabis industry. Go check out its location when you are in the Bay Area.

Index: 92.04

Last Month: #3

What People are Saying:

“Staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Faculty is clean and secure. Top shelf and consistent. Deals for days.” —zionus

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*The December 2016 Leafly List uses customer service metrics from November 2016

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