High there: Legal recreational cannabis dispensaries

Inside of Urbn Leaf marijuana dispensary in Bay Park.

Inside of Urbn Leaf marijuana dispensary in Bay Park.

(John Gibbins/San Diego Union-Tribune)

Starting Jan. 1, medical cards will no longer be needed in order to make a purchase of cannabis at licensed dispensaries in the city of San Diego. However, not just any store can open and start selling marijuana-based products. Dispensaries must first apply for a license and be approved by both the city and state to open, operate and sell recreational marijuana.

The following locations have been granted licenses to operate in the city of San Diego and also have their state license for recreational sales.


Apothekare boasts knowledgeable staff members, an extensive selection of premium flowers, edibles, extracts and accessories. Have questions? Check out the blog on the company’s website for video tutorials and other helpful articles like “A guide to getting high with the fam” during the holidays.

3455 Camino Del Rio S., Mission Valley, 619.701.6036,

Golden State Greens

Originally opened in 2015, it was only the second legally permitted medical marijuana dispensary within the city of San Diego. Back then, owner Adam Knopf said to The San Diego Union-Tribune, “We are committed to being good neighbors and will demonstrate that our business will have a positive impact.” The dispensary is located in an industrial area of Point Loma and carries various strains of cannabis, extracts, cartridges, edibles, beverages, topicals, pre-rolls (joints) and miscellaneous gear.

3452 Hancock St., Midway District, 619.268.8035,

A Green Alternative

Established as a medical marijuana dispensary, A Green Alternative has been providing services with “the mission of creating professional, Safe-Access and lab-tested medical marijuana.” The dispensary offers various cannabis strains, CBD products, pre-rolls, concentrates, cartridges, extracts, edibles, drinks, tinctures, topicals and gear including rolling papers, batteries, grinders and eye drops.

2335 Roll Dr., #4, Otay Mesa, 844.665.0420,

Harbor Collective

Offers more than 100 strains and a range of CBD products, along with a variety of edibles, extracts and other accessories.

2405 Harbor Dr., Barrio Logan, 619.841.2045,

The Healing Center San Diego

Carries a variety of strains from Bread Farms in Southern California, cartridges, edibles, extracts, pre-rolls, topicals and merchandise. THCSD boasts “twice-tested” products to make sure they’re accurately labeled for potency, use of pesticides and presence of microbial bacteria. “If we won’t use it, we won’t sell it,” the website says.

3703 Camino del Rio South, #215A, Mission Valley, 858.324.2420,


This dispensary touts customer empowerment by making products available in an open, exploratory environment, rather than behind lock and key. Available on site are more than 40 vendors, various strains, extracts, edibles, topicals, grow seeds, pre-rolls and gear.

7128 Miramar Rd., Ste. 10, Mira Mesa, 858.247.0953,

March and Ash

Upon arrival at March and Ash in Mission Valley, you may mistake the dispensary for an art gallery. With lush greens adorning the walls, even creating the outline of the California state bear, the dispensary displays its high-end products like works of art. Tommy Chong even donned the dispensary’s signature gold crown-shaped logo during its opening in September 2018.

2835 Camino del Rio S., #100, Mission Valley,


MedMen operates 18 dispensaries nationwide, including in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and in the state of New York. Their website says, “We do not run pot shops, we manage class leading retail stores that happen to sell marijuana and marijuana products” and that “Quality standards matter, best practices matter, brand reputation matters.”

5125 Convoy St., Ste., 211, Kearny Mesa, 619.450.8909,

San Diego Recreational Cannabis (SDRC)

Located in central San Diego, SDRC boasts, “From the connoisseur to the curious, our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you with any cannabis queries you may have. Our new spacious Mission Valley shop has been designed with you in mind, with 10 stations to ensure minimal to no wait time.”

1233 Camino Del Rio S., Mission Valley, 619.906.5546,

Southwest Patient Group

According to the dispensary website, “From Diego to the Bay, we’ve connected with the best geneticists, indo growers and champion extract artists that the world’s ever known.” Brands carried here include Kiva Confections, Moon Edibles, Alpine, Guerilla Farms, American Flower, Good Stuff Tonics and many more.

658 E. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro, 619.663.6337,

Torrey Holistics

Permitted as a medical marijuana dispensary since 2015, Torrey Holistics carries products for all budgets and dietary restrictions, including organic, gluten free, vegan and non-GMO. The dispensary aims to promote education and awareness with one-on-one consultations, as well as through community events and partnerships.

10671 Roselle St., Ste. 100, Sorrento Valley, 858.558.1420,

The Tree House Balboa

In the space where the Balboa Avenue Cooperative medical cannabis dispensary was located, this shop offers multiple flower varieties, pre-rolls, various accessories including vaporizers, cartridges and rolling papers, Dr. Raw Organics edibles and products, pet products, glass pieces and cleaners, topicals, oils, drinks and more.

8863 Balboa Ave., Ste. E, Kearny Mesa, 858.598.5983

Urbn Leaf

A high-end dispensary that focuses on sales of high-quality cannabis, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, CBD oils and infused beverages. The company’s website notes their knowledgeable staff and provides an online area called “Good Reads” to help educate consumers. The shop opened in March 2017 as a medical cannabis dispensary and recently was voted Best Cannabis Store Atmosphere in the Southern California area in the Dope Magazine Industry Awards.

Morena/Bay Park: 1028 Buenos Ave., 619.275.2235; Golden Hill: 3385 Sunrise St., 619.955.5540,

Budtender Jay Frentsos shows various marijuana edibles sold at the Urbn Leaf marijuana dispensary.

Budtender Jay Frentsos shows various marijuana edibles sold at the Urbn Leaf marijuana dispensary.

(Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune)

Editor’s note: While addresses are correct according to city licensing, some companies have been re-branding and may carry different names. This list will continue to be updated as more information is available. It was last updated on March 30.

San Diego Union-Tribune reporter David Garrick contributed to this story.


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