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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Southern 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 Southern 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. CaptainJacks

2085 W Foothill Blvd. Upland, CA

(Courtesy of CaptainJacks)

On top of being an alternative medicine collective, CaptainJacks is the only full service dab bar in the Inland Empire. It has great daily deals, offers an excellent selection of glass, and is always buzzing with social events and activities.

Index: 94.0

What to Buy: Triple Chocolate Brownie from Korova Edibles

What People Are Saying:

“100% the best place in the IE. No need to go anywhere else. The selection is vast, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, (and most will remember you by name,) and the product is awesome every time.” —Vicktus

2. Mankind Cooperative

San Diego, CA


Mankind Collective offers regular patient education events designed to help the San Diego cannabis community stay informed about the latest cannabis research. Patients love the tailored recommendations, low prices, and large selection, but one of the most celebrated qualities of this Southern California dispensary is the friendly, welcoming staff.

Index: 93.08

What to Buy: Releaf Balm from Papa and Barkley

What People Are Saying:

“Love this place, the people and the products. Easy in and out, merchandise displayed on the wall, so you can look at it 🙂 Great, great deals! Incredible staff, extended hours, friendly security. What more do you need? This place is great!” —blueskky

3. CHR – Los Angeles

5470 Valley Blvd Los Angeles, CA

Established in 2007, CHR brings LA patients top-quality cannabis at competitive price points. Its daily deals and large selection of OG varieties to choose from make this tried-and-true dispensary a choice location.

Index: 92.24

What to Buy: Sasquatch Sap Live Resin Sugar from Gold Nugget

Also Featured In: Leafly List Winners of 2016

What People Are Saying:

“This is By Far The Best place to get Top Quality Products with very extremely affordable prices. They always have Special patient appreciation days with lots of free samples. And Special DoGo Offers THIS IS UNREAL!!!! HOW CAN THEY AFFORD IT?? Because this place is all about Patient Care Not To Make Profit What Other Place Does That???? EXACTLY No One! ONLY CHR Kat and Hex are Some of the Best Budtenders Around they Really Know Their Stuff I Never Leave Dissatisfied with ANY Of their recommendations Great Job CHR. Me & My Husband Are NEVER going elsewhere 😊” —EndlesslyLupita

4. Cannabal City Collective – Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Cannabal City Collective Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Los Angeles California - Leafly List

(Courtesy of Cannabal City)

At Cannabal City, service is impeccable from the moment you reach the front door to the moment you walk out with medicine in hand. House-grown flower strains alongside a wide selection of concentrates and edibles fill out the product menu.

Index: 91.32

What People Are Saying:

“Cannabal City Collective is by far my favorite dispensary in Los Angeles. I Love their Illuminati OG and their Strawberry Fields. I recently purchase Their Private Reserve of Lime Sherbert, and I am always pleasantly surprised by the care and quality of their strains. Friendly Staff, professional, and 3C always has the best flower! Thank you CCC!” —tommydoom13

5. Zen Noho

Los Angeles, CA

Zen NoHo Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Zen NoHo)

In the world of dispensaries, great service means nothing without great cannabis. Luckily, Zen NoHo has both. Serving North Hollywood since 2006, this community staple’s loyal following raves about the generous deals for new patients and returning customers, as well as their large selection of quality cannabis.

Index: 91.12

What People Are Saying:

“Whoever is choosing the medicine, clearly knows what they’re doing. The quality is top shelf on all the products in my opinion. From Cheerful Jade at the front window, to delightful bud tender Katherine and last but far from least, I felt very safe with Kevin (Security Guard), great team work. Thank you, your hard work shows. My pain appreciates you.” —Prettybud

6. Evergreen – Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA


No cannabis question is too hard or too simple for Evergreen’s team of knowledgeable staff, who understands that each visitor to this conveniently located dispensary walks in with different needs, expectations, and experience levels. Whether it’s Munchie Monday or Shatterday, patients can expect to find a huge selection of top-shelf products at this Santa Ana cannabis destination.

Index: 89.72

What People Are Saying:

“Wow, I’m a new customer and first time in an actual store. It was like walking into the set of Willy Wonka, with chocolate waterfalls, candy mushrooms, all with a classy atmosphere and smiling and helpful service. They set me up with a variety of products to try, at a good price too. This is my store now. I wish I could buy it. Best experience I could have hoped for. Thanks guys.” —Tommyboy231

7. La Brea Collective – LBC

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of La Brea Collective)

LBC is so committed to providing quality cannabis to the people of Los Angeles that they’re open 365 days a year. Patients can count on private parking, friendly and professional staff and security, and generous daily deals on high-quality products at the LA dispensary no matter when they choose to stop by.

Index: 89.6

What People Are Saying:

“Always super helpful and willing to give recommendations. I had a cartridge stop working and they replaced it for me without questions. Only shop I visit.” —SlimmCharles

8. The Higher Path

14080 Ventura Blvd Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of The Higher Path)

Established in 2006, The Higher Path specializes in the finest selection of flower and cannabis concentrates on the market, as well as an array of CBD products. They host monthly events that feature bands and comedians and draw a fun crowd.

Index: 89.6

What People Are Saying:

“I love visiting higher path. The staff is kind, happy & patient every time. The vibes are good and it’s always clean and tidy in the waiting area. There’s so many products to choose from. I’m always in and out of there in less time than the quarter I put in the parking meter.” —salenastar

9. Fountain of Wellbeing

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of Fountain of Wellbeing)

This North Hollywood dispensary offers veterans and oncology patients 15% off all day, every day—but their appreciation for their community doesn’t end there. Free gifts, edible demos and tastings, and generous daily deals are just some of the reasons that North Hollywood patients flock to the Fountain of Wellbeing.

Index: 89.56

What People Are Saying:

“Great shop always looking real neat with easy parking.. The bud tenders are all very knowledgable as well as very friendly. They always make sure you walk out fully satisfied. Would recommend this to anyone. Bud quality is great.” —groovylsx

10. Sugar Shack

2530 South Santa Fe Vista, CA

(Courtesy of Sugar Shack)

Patients love Sugar Shack for being friendly and professional, and the quality flower and wide range of products keep customers coming back. If you’re a new patient, stop by and grab your free edible or pre-roll with your first visit.

Index: 89.28

What People Are Saying:

“I LOVE Sugar Shack! I’ve been getting my meds here for almost a year and it’s the best I’ve found. The flower is top quality, the selection is good, they always have some specials and the budtenders always make spot on, honest recommendations. What more could you want? If you haven’t been here yet, you’re missing out!” —Ohmypaki

11. DTPG – Downtown LA

1320 Mateo St. Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of DTPG)

Downtown Patient Group, or DTPG, keeps members of its democratically-run cooperative happy with its potent, high-quality medical cannabis. Patients love the atmosphere of the shop and the friendly budtenders’ customer service.

Index: 89.16

What People Are Saying:

“My go to spot. Always has the cheapest prices in all of LA. Don’t bother going anywhere else. Love how active and compassionate they are.” —bob444

12. Urban Treez – Pre ICO

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of Urban Treez Pre ICO)

Located on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, Urban Treez has something for everyone. Patients can browse a variety of clones, flower, edibles, cartridges, and topicals at their own pace, and a team of attentive and outgoing professionals are always available to answer any questions.

Index: 88.72

What People Are Saying:

“I feel very fortunate to live so close to a dispensary that has such high-class quality customer service. They went out of their way to make sure that I had the correct product before leaving and was fully informed of my purchase. They definitely set the bar high, being the first dispensary I’ve visited since moving to LA.” —mattspotstore


West Hollywood, CA


Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group may be the oldest operating cannabis collective in Los Angeles county, but their practices are anything but antiquated. Patients love LAPCG’s generous rewards program, which offers points with each purchase that can be exchanged for a variety of quality products.

Index: 88.68

What People Are Saying:

“I love this place! I stopped going to all the dispensaries close to my house because this one is the best! They have great deals, a great rewards program, the staff is AWESOME and they have free candy in the lobby! What more could you ask for from a place?!” —Brownja7

14. The Green Easy

8311 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of The Green Easy)

The Green Easy has a large variety of cannabis products including edibles, concentrates, vape cartridges, even transdermal patches and oral sprays. Their location offers 50 world-class strains to chose from and a staff that makes it their goal to offer quality service, premium products, and a wide selection.

Index: 88.16

What People Are Saying:

“Insanely clean and well kept. The strongest strain I can find around after surgery. My pain level has significantly dropped because of this location and I’m so thankful for them!!! All the girls are amazing, knowledgeable and helpful, and Michael and his dog are badass. ❤️” —Rebecca11

15. California Caregivers Alliance (CCA)

Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of California Caregivers Alliance CCA)

Patients seeking one-of-a-kind, top-shelf strains love this LA gem, but those hunting for the best deals will also have no problem finding just what they’re looking for. CCA truly has something for everyone, along with a team of passionate, patient staff that’s always available to help visitors find exactly what they’re looking for.

Index: 87.8

What People Are Saying:

“The highest quality dispensary you will find in Los Angeles. Extensive selection of amazing Indicas, Hybrids, and Sativas. Every strain I have ever bought from this location has been fire and I would never purchase elsewhere. Thank you CCA for providing quality medicine.” —ogmaster87

16. Southwest Patient Group

San Diego, CA

Southwest Patient Group Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Southern California - November Leafly List

(Courtesy of Southwest Patient Group)

With a footprint of just over 7,400 square feet, this mammoth San Diego dispensary is so big that they offer free tours to help new patients get acclimated. Once visitors get the lay of the land, they’re treated to military, senior, and disability discounts, new patient and happy hour specials, and a loyalty rewards program.

Index: 87.76

What People Are Saying:

“This dispo is safe, clean and has very good quality. love the indoor vs sungrown options. They have great deals and giveaways for ftp and returning patients. No lock down facility here, they make you feel welcome and comfortable.” —Bryder

17. Bud and Bloom – Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA

Bud and Bloom Santa Ana Southern California Marijuana Dispensary — Leafly List Spring 2017

(Courtesy of Bud and Bloom)

There’s an unmistakable element of industrial chic to Santa Ana’s Bud and Bloom. Pipes criss-cross the ceiling, sleek light fixtures hang down from the rafters, an uncommonly tasteful neon sign proclaims the store name from an exposed brick wall. Up front, budtenders weigh cannabis out on a white marble countertop, and customers can navigate the menu via iPad.

Index: 87.28

Also Featured In: The 10 Most Beautiful Cannabis Dispensaries in America

What People Are Saying:

“This place is beautiful and classy. As a new patient it is buy one get one free on your first visit. The budtender was knowledgeable and very friendly..unlike most shops no loud distracting music was playing…great smoke…love this place.” —Afinewhine


Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of Kushland)

Looking for cannabis after midnight? Kushland’s got you covered. This LA dispensary is open ‘til 1 a.m. seven days a week. Morning people need not feel left out—generous Early Bird deals start at 8 a.m. Plus, a VIP text program and daily deal on a huge selection of products ensures that patients are always taken care of no matter what time they stop by.

Index: 86.56

What People Are Saying:

“KushLand is awesome, their tree is always fire and their prices that fit any budget they have a large concentrate selection and their edibles are bomb the budtenders are very friendly and knowledgeable. I have been going to this spot for about a year and recommend this spot to anyone that wants a dispensary that treats them like family💚💚💚💚💚💚💚” —SandraThompkins

19. First Choice Organic

Santa Ana, CA

(Courtesy of First Choice Organic)

First Choice Organic offers their staff ongoing training to ensure that they’re up to date on the latest cannabis innovations and research. They’re passionate about passing this knowledge on to their patients, and are always willing to take the time to ensure that everyone finds the products and strains that work best for them.

Index: 86.32

What People Are Saying:

“This is my favorite dispensary around! I’ve been to several different places in Orange county but none can compare when it comes to quality and staff! I definitely recommend this place to everyone!” —likeclockwork

20. TLC Collective

1660 E. 23rd Street Los Angeles, CA

(Courtesy of TLC Collective)

If TLC’s easy access and free gated onsite parking don’t get you, its daily free dabs and pre-rolls will. TLC boasts a menu of some very select strains that are difficult to find anywhere else in SoCal. If you haven’t been to TLC yet, go scope its selection of Kushes.

Index: 86.08

What People Are Saying:

“No one compares to the overall quality of TLC real deals for broke and ballers. Now with an express line for people that know what they want already, makes every visit easy and fast” —88diesel

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

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