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The best cannabis dispensaries in Phoenix

Find buds, pre-rolls, edibles and more at the best cannabis dispensaries in Phoenix

Written by
Teresa Bitler
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The battle to legalize marijuana in Arizona has been an uphill struggle. Even though voters approved legalizing medical use as long ago as 1996, it didn’t actually become law until 2010, and it would be another ten years before it was made legal to purchase and use cannabis recreationally throughout the state. 

But that’s all in the past: just weeks after the Smart and Safe Arizona Act passed in November 2020, medical dispensaries welcomed their first recreational customers. Since then, combination medical and recreational use dispensaries have popped up throughout the Valley, increasing numbers of them with elaborate or luxurious décor. For example, Cannabist in Tempe features a lobby filled with trees while The Mint is home to the nation’s first cannabis-infused kitchen.

Now, purchasing cannabis for recreational at one of these dispensaries in Phoenix tops our list of the best things to do in the city. Just know the rule before you shop: you need to be 21 years or older and have a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card. With that, you can purchase up to 28 grams of flower per day, five grams of which can be in the form of vape cartridges, concentrates, edibles, tinctures and/or topicals. Don’t be surprised by the final total. You’ll pay a fairly hefty 21.6 percent tax in Phoenix on your recreational purchase. Otherwise, happy toking. 

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Best dispensaries in Phoenix

The dispensary brand for Copperstate Farms, Sol Flower prides itself on making cannabis approachable, welcoming the weed-curious and experienced users alike. Come with questions for the knowledgeable budtenders or attend an onsite educational course. You can even make a day of it by grabbing a bite to eat in the café or relaxing in the lounge.

When you’re ready to purchase, you’ll find a wide variety of products, including Copperstate Farms’ own house brands. Sol Flower has four locations in Arizona: one in Sun City, one in Scottsdale and two in Tempe.

One of the only female-owned dispensaries in the state, the Giving Tree Dispensary features a bright, airy layout with light-colored wood and potted plants. Touch screens allow for easy purchase of the dispensary’s house brand cannabis, as well as Kindred, Katatonic, Venom, Baked Bros and other top-tier lines. But don’t be afraid to ask a budtender to help guide you through the purchasing process.

All purchases come with a risk-free, 30-day product guarantee, allowing you to exchange any product you are not fully satisfied with. And true to its name, the dispensary donates time and money to improving the community.

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Founded in Phoenix in 2016, this family-owned and operated dispensary has four locations in the Valley as well as licenses in four other states. Product fills the glass display counter and lines the walls and budtenders can help you select the best flowers, concentrates, topicals, extracts and edibles for your needs. All products are lab-tested and weighed in front of you at the time of purchase, so you can rest assured you are getting exactly what you pay for.

With three locations in the Valley – Phoenix, Mesa and Ahwatukee – The Flower Shop is known for having one of the largest flower selections in the state. But it never sacrifices quality for quantity. You’ll find the best of the best in artisan and craft cannabis products on its shelves. The atmosphere is sophisticated but relaxed with wood accents and a wall of plants serving as the interior’s focal point. New to cannabis? The Flower Shop’s staff of cannabis consultants can answer almost any question you have and educate you on strains, terpenes, cannabinoids, dosage and more.

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This new dispensary in Tempe boasts a striking tree- and greenery-filled lobby, with a large window looking into its grow room. Before you’ve spent a cent you can watch educational videos or ask questions in the counseling room. After that, head into the retail space where block walls, exposed duct work and geometric drawings give the space an industrial feel.

Even though Cannabist is owned by a national company and carries its own brands – Triple Seven, Seed & Strain and Classix – its emphasis is on local products. It also partners with local businesses and vendors to give back to the community.  

Arizona's largest dispensary, The Mint is also home to The Mint Café, the nation’s first kitchen dedicated to cannabis-infused food. Enjoy medicated hamburgers, pizza, baked goods and even holiday meals (like with turkey with all the trimmings), or come to simply shop for quality cannabis products. The Mint sells flowers, edibles – including chocolates – and concentrates ranging from shatters to budders.

Sure, the space lack ambiance, but it more than makes up for it in service and its wide range of accessories and swag like T-shirts and coffee mugs. The dispensary has three Valley locations in Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix.

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This family-owned, seed-to-sale operation has more than 30 years experience. Known for its Zonka Bars – a handcrafted, artisan chocolate bar lauded for its potency – Hempful Farms also sells its own hemp CBD oils in a variety of concentrations. Looking for products for your pet? The Paw Puddy Hemp and CBD line includes tinctures and treats for dogs and cats. 

The store's vibe is casual, with posters, letters and a skateboard spelling out ‘Hempful Farms’ on the wall. Currently, there is one Hempful Farms, located on Bell Road in Phoenix, but there are more than 25 planned throughout the nation.

Considered one of the best in the state, this popular dispensary creates most of its product in its greenhouse and indoor production facility, and even makes its own vape pens.  Nature’s AZ Medicine even employs scientists to ensure the quality of its product down to the molecular level, and hires a third-party to test its cannabis’ safety, purity, quality and potency.

Each of its three Valley locations carries Nature’s AZ Medicines’ house brands plus a curated selection of the finest product available. And while each has slightly different décor, they all feature upscale touches like leather chairs, vintage pieces and wood accents.

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One of the Valley’s newest dispensaries, Hana has a modern feel with sleek shelves along the walls and tube lighting overhead. Its large glass cases contain a variety of products ranging from Hana’s own house brands to Revival Infused Edibles and concentrates such as Dutchie, one of Arizona’s first cannabis brands. It also stocks Willie Nelson’s 'High-Five' pre-roll packs, and the Hana Flower Pantry displays dozens of unique Arizona strains. Ask about discounts for new customers, veterans, seniors and others.

Don’t let the unimpressive exterior of either Valley location fool you. Inside, wood floors, white counters and potted plants give this dispensary a distinctly spa-like feel. While Herbal Wellness Center has its own line of flower concentrates produced in-house, and it is just as well known for its discounts. Not only will you receive one on your first visit… you’ll receive one on your first five visits. Plus, the dispensary has discounts for seniors and veterans, a loyalty program and its ‘Reefer-a-Friend!’ program that rewards you for referrals. 

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