As one of California’s legendary cannabis producing regions, Mendocino County’s legal dispensaries are providing locals and visitors with quality products, expert advice and delightful locations, some of which are destination spots in their own right.
From Gualala on our south coast to Ukiah’s inland corridor, 14 state-licensed dispensaries are serving the public, each with their own focus and all carrying a diverse assortment of cannabis products.
To purchase cannabis, you must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification. Because most banks won’t serve dispensaries, it’s a good idea to bring cash, though many dispensaries have ATM machines on site. Gratuities are always appreciated, and the local and state taxes you pay are helping bolster both county and state economies.
New to cannabis? Don’t be shy. Dispensary staff are specifically trained to help new and returning cannabis consumers find appropriate products.
Like wineries, every dispensary is completely unique. Each business reflects the owner’s approach to the industry, with some shops reflecting a down-home, “back-to-the-land” ethos that characterized the early Emerald Triangle years, while others emulate the vibe of a high-end spa experience.
What these legal dispensaries have in common is their commitment to the sale of safe, regulated cannabis products, the provision of excellent consumer education and support for the region’s hard-working farmers and cannabis producers, who are among the finest examples of cannabis entrepreneurs in the country. – Carole Brodsky
High Tides Compassionate Care
38520 CA-1, Gualala
(707) 884-1882. www.hightides.info
High Tides, established in 2015 overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Gualala—the southern gateway to the Emerald Triangle. Their comfortable boutique-like ambiance and experienced staff creates an inviting atmosphere, assisting and educating each individual in product selections. Their cannabis products, from tinctures to flowers and topicals, may be reviewed on their website, with extensive inventory from Mendocino Appellations – cannabis grown within 60 miles of High Tides. Local deliveries are available, as are cannabis accessories: papers, grinders, glassware and more. High Tides Compassionate Cannabis Care calls themselves “The Dispensary with Heart.” Visit High Tides on Facebook.
The Green Room
138 Main St., Point Arena
The Green Room is located on Highway 1 near one of the most beautiful portions of California’s West Coast, and the quirky, quaint city of Point Arena. Since 2016, the Green Room’s knowledgeable staff has offered a robust cannabis inventory and a selection of world-class local products, including both THC and CBD products. This includes the innovative Dragon Glass “Flake and Bake,” the world’s first all-natural, activated THC powder in combination with a super food made by Spirulinex. The dispensary offers a large concentrates menu and local flower from Mendocino’s finest farms. Visit the Green Room on Facebook and Instagram, or view their menu on Leafly.com.
Sol de Mendocino
45110 Main St., Mendocino
(707) 937-3123. www.soldemendocino.com
Sol de Mendocino has been serving medical cannabis patients in the heart of Mendocino Village since 2011, and recreational customers since January, 2018. “SOL” stands for “Sun grown, Organically cultivated, Locally farmed.” Whether a long-time or returning user, or a person new to the world of cannabis, the knowledgeable staff will help you find the right products to achieve the results you’re looking for. Their specialties are organically-cultivated, sun-grown flowers grown at their two family farms, along with a wide selection of edibles, tinctures, topicals, cartridges, concentrates, pet products and more, in a variety of THC and CBD ratios. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Leonard Moore Recreational Cannabis Dispensary/Ingrid’s Lounge
44970 Ukiah St., Mendocino
(707) 937-4562. thelmc.org
In 2011, the Leonard Moore Recreational Cannabis Dispensary established the first-ever Dispensary and Resource Center in Mendocino Village’s 150-year history. True to the pioneering spirit of LMC’s advocacy and activism, visitors enjoy an atmosphere of education and relaxation. Working with local family farmers, LMC specializes in heirloom varietals, showcasing the best Mendocino County has to offer. Their flagship strain, Ingrid, is lauded by connoisseurs for its rarity and potency. They offer edibles, concentrates, salve, and vape cartridges. LMC’s amicable staff will consult with you according to your desired effects. “Be it medicinal or recreational, we’ve got you.” Visit LMC on Facebook and Instagram.
17975 North Highway One, Fort Bragg
Dragonfly Wellness Center offers a large selection of high-quality craft cannabis flowers, edibles, tinctures, vape pens and oils, serving adult use and medicinal markets. Founded by activist, policy wonk and fierce cannabis advocate Jude Thilman, Dragonfly offers healing therapies such as massage, “Cannabis is Medicine” workshops and other herbal remedies, as part of their commitment to natural, holistic healing. Dragonfly identifies as part of a Mendocino community from which health and wellness is rapidly becoming part of the global mainstream, and their website is filled with informative articles and timely topics. Conveniently located near the Mendocino Botanical Gardens, visit Dragonfly on Facebook and Instagram.
17555 E. Kirtland Way, Fort Bragg
(707) 409-9665. www.sovereign707.org
Sovereign covers the bases “From Soil to Oil” and is well-known and celebrated for their high-quality, multi-award-winning indoor cannabis flowers. “Raising the Bar, Lowering the Price” embodies their commitment to clean cannabis—free from pathogens, pests and pesticides, produced with the highest industry standards. Sovereign is proud to support numerous community organizations like the Mendocino Children’s Fund, offers non-profit price-points and operates a cannabis compassion program for qualifying medical cannabis patients in need. The “Sovereign” name and emblem embodies their benchmark of luxury, quality and purity- providing consumers with products worthy of kings. Visit Sovereign on Instagram and Facebook.
17875 N. CA-1, Fort Bragg
Herban Legend is honored to be the original, longest operating dispensary in Mendocino County, in business since 2005. Their years in the cannabis industry and their community focus has made Herban Legend a favorite destination for locals, who appreciate the laid-back atmosphere and attentive staff. Don’t hesitate to ask staff about your specific cannabis needs. From their inception, Herban Legend has supported many local charities and events, and are always committed to keeping money local. Follow Herban Legend on Facebook.
13771 US-101, Hopland
(707) 669-4819. emeraldpharms.com
Next to a bucolic, tree-lined pond within Hopland’s EcoTerra complex, Emerald Pharms embodies the parallel development of the solar and cannabis industries. “We offer locally-sourced flowers and products that help support healthy lifestyles,” notes general manager Chelsea Lucich. Salves, tinctures, gluten-free edibles and organically crafted products are their specialty, including cannabis oil cartridges infused with both THC and hop blends provided by Lagunitas Brewery. Absolute Extract cartridges offer consumers safe, clean cannabis oils free of harmful additives. “Mediquette” is the mission of Emerald Pharms- the provision of caring, attentive service and education to all visitors. Follow Emerald Pharms on Facebook and Instagram.
13325 US 101, Hopland
MendoCann is the northern location for Natural Cannabis Company’s OrganiCann, known for years as a provider of superlative, small-batch cannabis flowers and products. Along with an excellent selection of products, Natural Cannabis is known for their highly sought- after “Best of Harvest” Boxes, an amazing assortment of 28-gram craft cannabis offerings. Take a gander at the remarkable art gracing the dispensary walls. Natural Cannabis Company’s “High Art” competition recently celebrated its fifth year. Artists from around the globe compete for $45,000 in cash prizes. Visit their website and read about the dozens of craft farmers who work with Natural Cannabis. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
1230 Airport Park Blvd., Suite C in Ukiah
(707) 621-9223 www.trycannavine.com
Modern, luxurious and elegant, Cannavine’s trademark is “Cultivate the Experience.” The county’s newest dispensary, Cannavine’s owner is a long-time cultivator who saw the opportunities afforded by establishing his own storefront. Cannavine recently made local history by hosting a first-ever cannabis education event at the Ukiah Senior Center, responding to the need for education as more and more seniors look to cannabis as an adjunct to traditional medical treatments. Cannavine offers a variety of topicals, CBD-rich products and top-quality brands that reflect their commitment to offering a discriminating product line that represents the best of what cannabis producers have to offer.
260 Kuki Rd, Ukiah
(707) 462-5100. www.compassionateheartdispensary.com
Compassionate Heart is one of Mendocino County’s original dispensaries, in business for over a decade, notes Happy, dispensary manager. High Times Magazine calls it one of the country’s best dispensaries, “an old-school Deadhead’s paradise” offering award-winning extracts, concentrates, top-shelf flowers and for future farmers, a robust collection of seeds. “Cannabis sustained us through the collapse of our timber and fishing economies. Now we’re seeing job growth. We’re excited to serve and educate those new to cannabis or those returning to the plant,” Happy concludes. Follow Compassionate Heart on Facebook and Instagram.
2601 N. State St, Ukiah
(707) 599-5372. sundialed-ukiah.business.site
Celebrating their second year in business, Sundialed prides itself on providing consumers with a large selection of every type of cannabis product- from house-grown flowers to the latest non-psychoactive CBD products. Named for the Sundial Bridge in Redding, the hometown of owner Laythan Martines, #getdialed is the business’s hashtag. With their large inventory, their affordable, locally-grown flowers and their friendly staff, Sundialed is shining a light on an industry formerly shrouded in darkness. Enjoy their indoor-outdoor consumption lounge, come for coffee and doughnuts Sunday mornings from 11:00-12:00 and visit their website to stay updated on the latest events and activities.
3081 N. State St., Ukiah
With a wide selection of flowers, extracts, topicals, edibles, bath products and more, Revolution Emporium shoppers will find many of their favorite brands, including Kiva and Humboldt Apothecary. Revolution’s original Sea Salted Caramel, a hand-crafted chocolate produced by their Higher Confections chocolate company, placed second in the edibles category at the 2017 Emerald Cup, as well as receiving multiple awards at both Hemp/Con and the 2017 High Times NorCal Cannabis Cup. Follow Revolution Emporium on Facebook and Instagram.
800 Lake Mendocino Dr., Ukiah
(707) 621-5390. www.kuremendocino.com
The only county dispensary operated by a Mendocino County native, Kure Wellness is the embodiment of “Local Grower Makes Good.” Owner Russell Green represents everything the county is proud of, transitioning from his life as a black market farmer to the sole owner of a thriving licensed dispensary. “We align ourselves with like-minded partners who share our belief that cannabis is a green gateway to wellness and happiness.” Open early and closing late, Kure offers product specials, superior customer service, Veteran discounts, “demo” days featuring product representatives and a glorious outdoor consumption lounge that has been the site for numerous events and fascinating Happy Hour gatherings.