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

June 15, 2017


Summer 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. 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: 93.8

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

What People Are Saying:

“This has been my go-to place for all my MMJ needs. Great guys/gals at the door and behind the counter. I live just under an hour away and do not mind the drive for quality service and meds!!! Thank you Green Gold Family!!! ☺️”—donezo80

2. 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: 92.73

What to Buy: Gelato from Caliva

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What People are Saying:

“One of the BEST MMJ dispensaries I have ever visited. Simply beautiful, great selection, knowledgable staff. Definitely will return!”—honeyspiderzero

3. 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: 90.77

What to Buy: Blackberry Kush from Absolute Xtracts

What People Are Saying:

“Hands down the only place to go for not only great products but fantastic service in the Santa Rosa area. Regardless of your smoking style and knowledge they have the product and the answers you need. They also have demos and classes constantly which is an added bonus! Highly recommended!”—Destinationdabz

4. Calaveras Little Trees

Arnold, CA

(Courtesy of Calaveras Little Trees)

Calaveras Little Trees’s 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: 90.65

What People are Saying:

“Fantastic location. Great atmosphere (and smell)! Selection is everything you could ask for in a dispensary. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable. I will be returning to this location for all my medical needs!”—andrewutrbk

5. 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: 90.15

What People are Saying:

“Best shop around! Everything is lab tested, verified genetics available in healthy clones or seed form, large organic selection, HUGE variety of edibles/topicals/concentrates. Excellent customer service, what are you waiting for!?”—illesttraitz

6. Purple Star MD

2520 Mission Street San Francisco, CA

Purple Star MD medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, California

(Courtesy of Purple Star MD)

Conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, Purple Heart MD’s mission is healing. Its friendly service and quality products all stem from its deep roots in the community, with some proceeds going towards four distinguished nonprofits in the Bay: AGUILASShanti Project, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, and the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

Index: 89.87

What People are Saying:

“I’ve lived in San Francisco for 17 years, and this is where I prefer to get my cannabis. Quality of the product is top notch. Most useful and friendly budtenders I’ve yet found in the city.”—shpen

7. 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: 89.8

What People Are Saying:

“I personally believe that this dispensary has top notch service and has an absolutely amazing selections ranging from glass, vape, topicals, edibles, and so much more, such a friendly atmosphere and I highly recommend stopping by to see their great quality products and genuinely interested staff members.!! 💚💛❤”—spades77

8. 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: 89.71

What People Are Saying:

“I have been a customer for about 8 months. They are knowledgable, safe and really laid back. Kind of the buddhist version of what a pot store should be. The location is not a great part of Natomas, but they have made it feel totally secure. Quick access on and off Interstate 5. I like how the staff will give good recommendations and know what they’re talking about.”—mikeinsacs

9. 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: 89.7

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What People are Saying:

“A completely AWESOME location! Great product, welcoming environment and even additional activities for patients and the community! Cannot go wrong, join up!”—DinoMN

10. Vallejo Holistic Health Center VHHC

Vallejo, CA

(Courtesy of Vallejo Holistic Health)

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: 89.65

What People are Saying:

“I am Vincent, a 70 year old retired and disabled vet. I would like to salute the Vallejo Holistic Heath Center (VHHC) for their “thank you for your service” for us vets. The 20% off for veterans is off the hook, and the free monthly gram for vets is off the chain. Also, I would like to recommend Reina; she is a tried and true vet herself, and she can help you open a can of whoop ass on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with her understanding of all the products that the VHHC has to offer to help treat this disorder.”—VSK

11. The Heart of Humboldt

601 I St.Suite B Arcata, CA

The Heart of Humboldt Medical Marijauna Dispensary in Arcata, CA


The Heart of Humboldt has been serving and supporting Humboldt County for over ten years. Aside from offering safe and friendly access to cannabis, they also sponsor many local organizations and provide a compassion program for those struggling to afford their medicinal cannabis.

Index: 89.54

What People are Saying:

“Every time I come in here I’m met with courteous, kind, and very knowledgeable people who care about my health and wellbeing. I don’t go anywhere else. Best dispensary in humboldt county!”—ryanroscoe13

12. 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: 89.33

What People are Saying:

“I love this dispensary. The staff are super cool and understanding. They always have great quality products. Also the staff is super helpful helping me find certain strains for my medical conditions. Highly recommend this place”—scottlocker

13. 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: 88.61

What People are Saying:

“Great location, better service, even better bud. Reco to anyone in the Sacramento area, you’ll be hard pressed to find a wider array of choices in town. One of the few spots that believes in patients first and business second. Perfect place for MMJ patients who are new to the process.”—HIM916

14. 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 simply 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: 88.58

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What People Are Saying:

“The finest marijuana collective around. Been coming here for awhile and always impressed by how much knowledge they have about the products. I feel very comfortable coming here and would recommend it to my friends and family.”—laneyleaf

15. 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: 88.34

What People Are Saying:

“The staff is absolutely wonderful and the deals are INCREDIBLE!! Get down to the Cookie Co and ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL GEM in Santa Cruz county!!!”—BeGreatToEachOther

16. Lux

1859 Little Orchard St. San Jose, CA


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: 87.61

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

 17. Harvest on Geary

4811 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA

Harvest medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco, California

(Courtesy of Harvest)

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: 87.6

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What People are Saying:

“Today was the first time that I have ever visited a dispensary. It was an amazingly human experience. I won’t even try another place. No need.”—jcbalek

18. LoveShack – San Francisco 

San Francisco, CA

(aleksandar kamasi/iStock)

The LoveShack is a little old place where … Bay Area medical patients go to get their cannabis. One of California’s oldest operating clubs, this iconic dispensary makes its members feel right at home by offering a great variety of strains and products. Not only do their budtenders know their cannabis, after a few visits, they’ll also probably know your name.

Index: 87.01

What People are Saying:

“Love Shack is a nice little gem in the Mission. The staff inside was beyond helpful and accommodating. They’re a very small space, but have a shelf of bongs if you want to light up inside. The flowers were some of the best I’ve gotten from a dispensary in SF. If you haven’t been yet, you’re missing out!”—dangerouslytoasty

19. 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: 86.84

What People are Saying:

“All the workers were so great and nice very friendly environment and helpful.”—pancho999

20. 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: 86.58

What People are Saying:

“Absolutely loved this little place. Betty, the shop dog, made sure to show me her rawhide and ask for some pets, budtenders were upbeat and personable. Plam was very nice and informative, I felt much more comfortable here than at any of the other places I’ve visited. Come here! The pricing is good and the people are chill. Thanks!”—marchar

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*The Summer 2017 Leafly List uses customer service metrics from the three months prior to its month of publication.

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