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Smoking in the USA – Best Cannabis Dispensaries of 2021 

Written by Alexandra Hicks

Shopping for cannabis is a lot of fun these days, in some areas anyway. Not only are we spoiled with the convenience of walking right into a retail store and buying legal products, but there is so, so much to choose from. I’ve been lucky to be able to travel around the country a bit and go to quite a few dispensaries in a handful of different states. Overall, most are nothing to write home about; just your run of the mill dispensary shopping experience. But here and there I’ll come across a shop that stands out from the rest with great pricing, excellent customer service, and amazing product selection. Below is a list of my personal favorite cannabis dispensaries of 2021.  

Shopping for pot is fun, but it can be confusing as well, especially if you’re in a new city or state. Although this list isn’t very long, it does cover a few different areas around the United States. For more information on each of these shops, like current menus and pricing, check them out on Weedmaps, or their individual store websites. For more articles like this one, and exclusive deals on flowers, vapes, edibles, and other legal products, remember to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter for deals on legal cannabis products, as well as all the latest news and industry stories. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!

Off the Charts – Palm Springs, California 

This was my go-to spot when I lived in the Southern California. It was about an hour away from me, but seriously, well worth the drive. They have a huge selection of products including flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, inhalers, and accessories – and they carry these items at basically every price point. I’m a big fan of their pre-packaged ounces that range from $100 to $120, because you can’t find that everywhere and as a high-volume smoker, buying by the eighth, which is the industry standard, can get pretty expensive.  

Even if you buy the lowest priced eighths they have, which are usually around $20, that still costs $160 for a full ounce. It’s not insanely expensive, but you get better quality for a better price with the pre-packaged ounce deals. In addition to their low prices, they also have a customer loyalty program where you earn points with every purchase. The points can be cashed in for discounts once you collect enough.  

Native Roots – Denver, Colorado 

I’ve only been to Native Roots a couple of times, when I’m in Denver or passing through on my way from Indiana to California. This is a pretty straightforward place with good selection and decent prices. They have numerous locations all over the Denver metro area and down into Colorado Springs, and some of them have drive-thru/pickup windows, which is especially convenient if you’re in a hurry or have kids in the car with you.  

They have an easy and convenient online ordering system and everything is organized and moves quickly once you arrive at the store. Also, they’re very responsive on social media, which might not matter to everyone, but I personally enjoy that because it gives me another way to learn about and connect with the company.  

Zen Leaf – Charleston, Illinois  

Since moving to the Midwest, this is my preferred spot for goodies. Conveniently located in rural, east-central Illinois, they’re in a prime location for Illinois residents who don’t want to drive all the way to Chicago, as well as customers coming from right across the state line. Illinois is rather pricey when it comes to weed, and they’re particularly hardcore when it comes to taxation. High-THC products (those with over 30%, so all concentrates), carry an extra 12.5.% tax, in addition to the state, county, city, and excise taxes that you need to pay already. 

That being said, their base pricing is fair and even lower than other dispensaries in the state, despite being in a smart geographic location where they don’t have a lot of competition. When you shop at dispensaries in Illinois, there are no displays or anything like that. You walk in, order one of many iPads that line the perimeter of the store, and you place your order than go to an available register to pay and pick it up. You can also skip all the in-store hassle and just order online, then go directly to the express window, which is what I usually to do.  

Reef – Las Vegas, Nevada  

Reef Dispensary has multiple locations in Vegas, other parts of Nevada, and in Arizona. Their stores are on par with the Vegas lifestyle, open 24/7, 365 days a year. It’s a smart business choice that makes them an easy shopping option for both locals and tourists alike. As far as pricing goes, it’s fairly standard but they do run a lot of deals.  

What’s also great about Reef dispensaries is their dedication to the communities in which they serve. In addition to offering their customers a wide array of lab-tested products at honest prices, they make regular and sizable donations to local charitable organizations and outreach programs. Reef dispensaries are more than just weed stores, they’re staples in their communities.  


It’s not much, but I hope that my travels can help make your shopping experience a bit simpler and more enjoyable. I know the last thing I want to do when I’m traveling is spend all day scouring Weedmaps for decent, affordable weed. If you have any locations, anywhere in the US, that you’d like to add to the list, drop us a line in the comment section below!  

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About the author

Alexandra Hicks

Managing editor at Cannadelics and U.S based journalist, helping spread the word about the many benefits of using cannabis and psychedelics.