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10 most high-design marijuana dispensaries in the U.S.

The dark and gloomy weed store gets a makeover

Known as the “Apple Store of cannabis,” MedMen—a medical marijuana company based in Los Angeles—opened this swanky New York City location on Fifth Avenue.
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Marijuana legalization has had a host of very real consequences for the country: The neutering of a dangerous black market, the slow acknowledgement of alternative medicines, and an influx of jobs, taxes, and merchandise that has transformed America’s economy to the core. However, the change we can’t stop swooning over are the lush interiors of America’s emerging dispensary architecture.

As one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., the legal marijuana industry has spawned architecture and design firms that specialize in the design of dispensaries and grow rooms. Gone are blacked-out windows and the faint smell of pachouli at your local head shop, the next generation of dispensaries are well-lit, airy, and spacious. These 10 interiors perfectly forecast a new design typology, coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

Paper & Leaf in Washington

Located on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Paper & Leaf looks more like a high-end art gallery than a pot shop. Check out the wooden accents, large oak table, and edison bulbs.

The High End in Los Angeles

Billed as a “luxury cannabis and wellness concept shop,” The High End is a product of Barneys New York. The brand has opened a legal cannabis shop-in-shop at its Beverly Hills flagship, and the environment looks more like a top-dollar jewelry store than a dispensary.

Silver Peak in Colorado

Silver Peak in the ritzy mountain town of Aspen, Colorado is for the neat, woodsy type of pot smoker. The store looks a lot like a high-class ski lodge. Its design mimics the greenhouse where the product is grown, and its aesthetic isn’t out of place just steps from Gucci, Prada, and Ralph Lauren stores.

MedMen in New York City

MedMen describes itself as the “Apple Store of cannabis,” and it’s easy to see why. The Los-Angeles based medical marijuana company, which already has multiple locations on the West Coast, opened a New York City location on Fifth Avenue. The New York City shop, only the third prescription dispensary to open in the city, features bright white walls, exposed brick, minimalist displays, modern packaging and touchscreen menus.

Diego Pellicer in Denver

Sometimes referred to as the fanciest dispensary chains, Diego Pellicer promises competitive pricing in a luxurious environment in Seattle and Denver. That means richly patterned rugs, wood cases, and tin ceilings.

Serra in Portland

High ceilings, beautiful tiled floors, and triangular wooden display cases make Serra a worthy stop. Throw in the always-Instagrammable Quality Drugs sign and this high-end purveyor gets an A+ for design.

Grassroots in San Francisco

In San Francisco, California, Grassroots made headlines as the first medical dispensary to join a union. But where the dispensary really shines is in its design: just check out the woodworking, turquoise damask wallpaper, and an antique display table.

Native Roots in Colorado

Native Roots isn’t just one of Colorado’s most successful chain of marijuana shops, it’s also one of its best designed. Industrial style reigns supreme at all of the locations, so be on the lookout for graphic wallpaper, cement floors, and lots of metal.

Dispensary 33 in Chicago

Head to this gorgeous spot in Chicago for wide windows, white brick, hexagonal cases and plenty of light wood. Stay for the line-drawn murals that celebrate the beauty of cannabis.

Bud and Bloom in Santa Ana

Maybe it’s the exposed pipes and rafters, or perhaps we’re charmed by the white marble countertops, but Bud and Bloom in California seems like the perfect blend of industrial toughness and elegance.