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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Northern California, Fall 2017

September 15, 2017


Fall 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 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. Lux

1859 Little Orchard St. San Jose, CA

(Courtesy of Lux)

Lux is a community-oriented dispensary where the primary goal is to advocate a proactive approach to health management by providing a safe environment to dispense affordable medical marijuana. Located in San Jose, California, Lux operates out of The Plant shopping center, offering patients easy access to quality cannabis.

Index: 94.44+

What to Buy: Single Origin SFV OG 500mg Cartridge from Bloom Farms

What People Are Saying:

“I ALWAYS stop by here when I’m in the area. This place is clean. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. There is never a wait. There are lots of tenders available to help and they move quickly! Product is great but the service is superb!” —Treenewbie

2. Green Gold Cultivators

San Andreas, CA

Green Gold Cultivators Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Green Gold Cultivators)

The level of care and attention that the staff and owners of Green Gold provide to each and every one of their patients is apparent when reading their reviews. Open 363 days a year, Green Gold is committed to offering patients the best care and lowest prices in town. Plus, patients love being able to browse and smell the collection before they buy.

Index: 94.44+

What to Buy: Cookies and Cream Brownie from The 4.20 Bar

What People Are Saying:

“Finally a dispensary that actually cares about its patients. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. The prices are always fair and they have sales all the time. They even have a cookout now and then for patient appreciation. If you’ve never been here then you’re missing out. I have tried other places and by far Green Gold is the best. I will never go anywhere else.” —mjgottselig

3. Airfield Supply Co.

1190 Coleman Avenue San Jose, CA

Airfield Supply Co. in San Jose, CA

(Courtesy of Airfield Supply)

Airfield Supply Co. (formerly South Bay Healing Center) is a downright beautiful location with a fantastic staff. The boutique-style collective is right near the airport and offers a selection of fine strains, concentrates, edibles, and clones.

Index: 94.08

What to Buy: 9 Pound Hammer Pre-roll 3-Pack from Lola Lola

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What People Are Saying:

“This was my first visit. I did some research first but they definitely have a great selection of tincture. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They also offer free massages and acupuncture which is neat. Not close to my house but I’m sure I’ll return.” —mikec91683

4. 530 Collective

Shasta Lake, CA

(Courtesy of 530 Collective)

This cozy and welcoming dispensary serves the close-knit community of Shasta Lake. Speaking of community, an overwhelming number of Leafly reviewers mention how friendly and welcoming the staff is, which is a true testament to 530 Collective’s commitment to providing quality, compassionate customer service to everyone who walks in the door.

Index: 93.08

What People Are Saying:

“The 530 collective in my opinion IS without a shadow of a doubt, hands down, ABSOLUTELY the FINEST place to go to get ANY (or all) of your medical marijuana needs. The prices of their merchandise is fair and completely respectable. There are weekly specials each week and each week it’s a different type of meds (bud, tincture, topicals, drinks, pre rolls, cartridges etc). Staff are all always warm friendly and eager to answer any of your questions you may have and are able to give you good sound advice.” —Patrickkcronk

5. Bloom Room

471 Jessie St Mint Plaza / SOMA San Francisco, CA

(Courtesy of Bloom Room)

With taxes included on all of their many strains, along with 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.

Index: 92.96

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What People Are Saying:

“Bloom Room is a cozy little spot in a back alley of SF with a wide selection of fantastic product and a volcano bar! There are always different promotions happening and the staff is always super accommodating. Did I mention that the $10 bombers are massive?!! Will come to Bloom Room as long as I am in SF!” —rockinrod18

6. Zen Garden Wellness

Sacramento, CA

Zen Garden Wellness Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Zen Garden Wellness)

Zen Garden Wellness lives up to their name, providing a welcoming and relaxing space for patients to find the medication they seek—whether that’s new hybrids and cultivars or timeless landrace strains.

Index: 92.76

What People Are Saying:

“Love this place super friendly always helpful and knowledgeable about there products. Never wait for than 10 mins which is rare I’m usually in and out in about 5 to 10 mins. Friendly staff. Parking lot is always full when I go but it’s because of the other stores. I live about 10 mins from 5 different cannabis clubs but Zen Garden is so clean friendly and have great products I drive 25 mins every time I need to stock up. Highly recommend … 5 stars!” —Briznice

7. The Cookie Co. 831

3711a Soquel Drive Soquel, CA

(Seth Anderson/iStock)

The team at The Cookie Co. 831 take pride in providing the best service while satisfying their customers’ needs. Leafly reviewers love the friendly budtenders, welcoming atmosphere, and great deals on high-quality product.

Index: 92.72

What People Are Saying:

“I really enjoyed the location. The service was fabulous. This was my first time coming here and it came highly recommended and I can see why! I got a cartridge and a disposable and they came with a great deal! I am very pleased with my experience.” —nveles

8. Calaveras Little Trees

Arnold, CA

(Courtesy of Calaveras Little Trees)

Calaveras Little Trees’ commitment to giving back to the community goes further than supplying patients with the highest quality cannabis, they also donate 7% of their proceeds to the Calaveras General Fund. Those new to cannabis are especially pleased with the nonjudgmental, patient budtenders who are always willing to take the extra time to thoroughly answer any and all questions.

Index: 92.44

What People Are Saying:

“Little trees is amazing and worth the beautiful drive! They always have great quality products and are open to help you with any questions or guidance on choosing product. … Friendly staff members greet you with a smile when you arrive and make sure you leave there with a smile on your face as well. The store is clean and tidy and the welcoming environment put patients at ease when coming to buy their clean meds. I fully recommend Little Trees, especially if you are a new mmj patient and live in the 209. Much love to LTWC. (Btw I’ll be up there today.)” —skoned

9. Berkeley Patients Group

2366 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA

(Courtesy of Berkeley Patients Group)

Berkeley Patients Group opened its doors in 1999 and has been giving back ever since. In addition to its vast medical cannabis offerings, BPG is a proud contributor to the greater Berkeley area, enacting a corporate giving program that donates to organizations such as the Transgender Law Center and the Berkeley Food & Housing Project.

Index: 91.6

What People Are Saying:

“I’ve been coming here for years. Always super helpful staff and great products! Very informative on strains and their uses.” —5ftarmy

10. Mercy Wellness of Cotati

7950 Redwood Drive Suite #8 Cotati, CA

Mercy Wellness of Cotati medical marijuana dispensary in Cotati, California

(Courtesy of Mercy Wellness of Cotati)

Safe access to high-quality medicine is a pillar supporting Mercy Wellness of Cotati. The collective operates as a family, places a premium on patient comfort and privacy, and treats regulars and newcomers alike with honesty, integrity, and professionalism.

Index: 91.44

What People Are Saying:

“This dispensary does it right. We’re here for medicine, and Mercy wellness feels like a wellness center spa. Other dispensaries feel militant and cold to the patient. Mercy has excellent employees who will help you get exactly what you need. They offer a wide selection of products at great prices. I seriously can’t emphasize how great this place is. Thank you Mercy for being the best dispensary I’ve ever been to.” —timmythebadfish

11. Sonoma Patient Group

Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma Patient Group Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Sonoma Patient Group)

The Sonoma Patient Group is committed to providing patients with high-quality, lab-tested, organic cannabis at fair prices. Located in the heart of Sonoma wine country, patients love the large selection (including CBD-rich flower and concentrates), smart and friendly budtenders, and generous new patient specials.

Index: 90.56

What People Are Saying:

“Sonoma Patient Group, is my favorite club due to the polite manner that I am greeted, and the knowledgeable tenders, to all the products that are available.” —D-Three

12. Buddy’s Cannabis

San Jose, CA

(Courtesy of Buddy’s)

Buddy’s cannabis sources their products from an exclusive group of artisan farmers to ensure that they only carry the highest quality cannabis. Small details like recyclable glass packaging, rotating artwork by local artists, and a shop dog named Betty make Buddy’s cannabis one of San Jose’s must-visit dispensaries.

Index: 90.52

What People Are Saying:

“This cannabis club in San Jose has great customer service, professional and knowledgeable staff. I would definitely recommend Buddy’s Cannabis to everyone looking for medical-grade marijuana strains at reasonable prices.” —Brandonwalker

13. Caliva

1695 S. 7th St San Jose, CA

(Courtesy of Caliva)

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.

Index: 90.28

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What People Are Saying:

“Beautiful place! I had an excellent first time experience here! Bryan was my budtender and we probably talked through my first purchase here for about an hour. It wasn’t very busy at the hour that I visited but I still got the impression that the customer experience is extremely important to Caliva because from the moment I walked up to the entrance everyone was very friendly and personable. Check in was simple and easy and the receptionists were friendly and polite. Walking inside the dispensary sales floor was amazing the atmosphere is modern sleek and designed to feel welcoming and positive. I really enjoyed feeling comfortable and not rushed. Bryan and I went through many products and I ended up buying flower that they grow on the premises. Their flower looked and smelled great and the price points are just right for this product. I’m very happy with my experience and I think Caliva has a loyal customer if the herb is as good as the customer experience!” —sparerib78

14. Vallejo Holistic Health Center (VHHC)

Vallejo, CA

(Courtesy of Vallejo Holistic Health Center)

VHHC offers daily deals that are accessed with a super-secret, special code word that’s available online, but don’t be intimidated—this neighborhood dispensary is all about community. They host a monthly veteran bingo night as well as regular community service opportunities, and carry a large selection of CBD-dominant products.

Index: 90.2

What People Are Saying:

“I adore the top of the line customer service I receive every time I go. I have processing disorders and the staff are always patient with me. Having someone who can help me stay calm and focused plus find what im looking for is an amazing quality i love about going here. Plus, they have a different kind of discount every day!” —Mixersmagick

15. Harvest off Mission

San Francisco, CA

Harvest Off Mission Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

Harvest off Mission is committed to doing things differently, and upon walking into this inviting dispensary, it’s obvious that they’ve succeeded. This trendy and comfortable location works closely with local farmers and artisans to ensure that their patients are able to receive the highest quality local products available. After they’ve found their products, patients can medicate comfortably in the onsite lounge, which is appointed with WiFi, comfortable seating, and a widescreen TV.

Index: 90.04

What People Are Saying:

“This will be my go to place from now on. I love the fact that they have a military discount for veterans. I was helped by another vet named Danny. He made things really comfortable for me and answered all my questions and geared me towards exactly where I wanted to be. So big Thanks!” —USMC0311Vet

16. CBCB

Berkeley, CA

(Courtesy of CBCB)

Walking into CBCB’s comfortable and welcoming environment feels like walking into a friend’s living room, and their friendly budtenders each go out of their way to treat each patient with compassion. A generous rewards program (and discount for wearing CBCB t-shirts!) are just a few of the ways that this cozy dispensary makes their members feel like family.

Index: 89.92

What People Are Saying:

“This is by far my favorite dispensary. Amanda is wonderful and so knowledgable. If you are looking for something different/new, you can sit down with her and get recommendations based on what you have tried. Either way, all the staff knows their stuff 100%. They grow their own products here as well, but have a truly large and varied menu. They also do product demos frequently. It can get a bit full since its so popular. So be sure to visit during low traffic times. Several lines and you can order online and pick up at the store. There is also a line for people who know exactly what they want to order.” —corapiki

17. Abatin Wellness Center Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

(Courtesy of Abatin Wellness)

Abatin Wellness Center’s convenient Midtown location might help bring new patients in, but once they’re there, they stick around for the friendly, expert staff and wide selection of high quality cannabis products. Abatin passes on their extensive testing information to their members so that they may share it with their physicians in order to find the best strains and products for their unique needs.

Index: 89.72

What People Are Saying:

“Was my first visit to any dispensary and I am glad I chose this one. the budtender spent about an hour with my friend and I explaining EVERYTHING!! Excellent service and wide selection, definitely will visit again, but next time know exactly what I am looking for thanks to this dispensary!!” —nicole9690

18. Barbary Coast

San Francisco, CA

Barbary Coast Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

This luxurious dispensary harkens back to San Francisco’s historic red-light district of the same name, recalling 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 and peruse stylishly designed menus that look far more like craft cocktail lists than cannabis catalogs.

Index: 89.6

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What People Are Saying:

“Customer service is unmatched! Friendly knowledgeable staff and very polite. This is the only dispensary to go to in the Bay Area.” —hedgefund808

19. Humboldt Patient Resource Center

980 6th Street Arcata, CA

Humboldt Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Arcata, California

(Courtesy of Humboldt Patient Resource Center)

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

Index: 89.52+

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What People Are Saying:

“Great cannabis products!! Knowledgeable staff, saw them help everyone from stoners to sick people while I was there. And they treat everyone with the upmost respect!! Not like your big city budtenders, and the products!!!! Wow!! I’m a dabber, and these guys got the dabs!! Good prices, something for everyone on every price level.” —BudsBehind

20. Mount Shasta Patients Collective

Mount Shasta, CA

Mount Shasta Patients Collective Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensary Leafly List Spring 2017

Members love Mount Shasta Patients Collective for their extensive selection and community-focused philosophy. The staff here are always willing to take time with each individual patient to ensure they get exactly what they need no matter how busy the store may be. With rotating daily deals and generous discounts on massages, facials, and other spa treatments, it’s no wonder that Leafly reviewers have good things to say about Mount Shasta.

Index: 89.52+

What People Are Saying:

“This place saved my life. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and will always help me find what I need. Actually, thanks to everyone there I’ve been able to completely get off of all my pharmaceuticals. Its been 2 years and I’m extremely grateful for everyone who has been with me on this journey. You guys are amazing for putting up with me! Love you all!” —Squidgeemoo

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