Apothecary 420 (Dispensary)

Apothecary 420

www.apothecary420website.com

330 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles CS.90004 [Get Directions]

Phone: (323) 836-0420

Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-8pm   Fri-Sat 11am-10pm   Sun 12pm-6pm

Located 1/2 block north of Beverly on Western Ave. in Los Angeles is the dispensary Apothecary420. I first read about Apothecary420 online about 6 months ago. Everyone that had been there was saying how the quality of the marijuana is always top notch. Something else that a lot of people commented on was the price, saying that they overcharge. Both of those item peaked my interest so I decided to make the trek to L.A. and see what all the fuss was about myself.

My 1st trip to Apothecary420 had me searching for parking. Western Ave, like most streets in Los Angeles is very congested. I ended up having to call and ask where the best place to park is. Turns out you can use the KFC parking lot that is just up the street. I always go into KFC and at least buy a soda. That way I don’t have to stress my car getting towed. Even though they say it’s cool, why bother with the possible hassle.

When you walk up to the door you see the normal little buzzer button. I pressed it and the door unlocked right away. Closing the door behind me I am now in a very tiny "sub-lobby" that is about 4×4 feet with a camera and another door. Using the camera they get a look at you and then unlock the second door that opens up into the main lobby. The lobby is pretty big. There is enough seating for 10-15 people, although I have never seen another person besides myself waiting. It is air conditioned and there is a T.V. to watch while you wait.

Through a little glass window I passed my recommendation and my i.d. through to a really cool girl that has been working there every time I’ve visited Apothecary420. It took her about 5 minutes to verify me and I was let into the green room. The green room is really big compared to some other dispensaries that I have been to. There is a big cooler with a glass door that keeps all the edibles cool. They have a great selection to choose from. Very tasty.

As I had read the bud at Apothecary420 is top notch. Each of the 4 times I have been there they have had at least  15 kinds of weed and 5-10 kinds of concentrates to choose from. I have tried many of their offerings, most of which were pretty good. Here is my list- Lamb’s Bread, Sonoma Purple, Swiss Cheese, Matanuska Mist, Chemdog Hash, Jupiter OG Kush, Blueberry, Kimchi Hash, Kimchi, OG Master Kush, Platinum OG Kush, Earth OG Kush and in the next few days I will be posting reviews I did of their Alaskan Thunder Fuck and their Mars OG Kush.

ABOVE – Sonoma Purple

ABOVE – Earth OG Kush

ABOVE – Chemdog Hash

The 1st few times I went to Apothecary420 I paid for my medicine by credit card, an option I really like and not too many dispensaries offer. On my 1st visit I was given a free gram, a nice glass pipe and some edibles as gifts. It was great. It kind of made me forget about the high prices I was paying. And by high prices, I am talking about $35/gram in some cases.

The next 2 visits were the same – high prices, good weed, paid by credit card. All is well.

Now this last time I went, things were a little shall we say, "different". Everything was exactly the same as it had been in the past only this time there were 2 guys working behind the bud counter that I had not seen before. The friendly girl with the cool short hair was there sitting behind a different desk, not handling any business.

I looked at some new herb, decided what I wanted and asked for the prices on 3 of their top shelf strains. Now this is where is gets weird, the guy helping me asked if I was paying cash or credit card. When I told him cash, he said they were each $25/gram. Now the menu right next to me clearly said they were $30-35/gram. I did not question the guy because honestly, I wanted to save the money. But the whole transaction definitely felt bit shady.

And as if that was not enough, the guy helping me and the other guy that was behind the weed counter started arguing with each other like a couple of little girls. Saying really rude things to each other to which they would both reply "not in front of customers." It was so odd and uncomfortable, to this day I am not sure if they were being serious or not. Either way it sucked. I just paid and split.  –Chubbs

Grade: B+

Pros: Selection, Quality, Security, ATM, Accepts Credit Cards, Clean, Let You Touch/Smell Before Buying, Buds Weighed In Person

Cons: Parking, Weird Staff, Overpriced

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15 Comments | Add Yours

  1. says:

    on Dec 13, 2008

    Haha, it seems like a great dispensary (Besides the prices maybe be troubling to some.

    Your last visit seemed really awkward though.

    Could they have charged you more in the past because you used your CC? Just a thought since you said it was $10 cheaper when you used cash.

  2. says:

    on Dec 13, 2008

    I am not sure. I am guessing they charge more for C/C purchases to cover any processing fees. But $10-15/gram more seems a bit excessive.

  3. says:

    on Apr 30, 2009

    I went by there for the first time today to pick up some sativas and they were really cool. (The guy behind the counter’s first suggestion was Lamb’s Bread).

    For what ever it’s worth the pricing said $30/half gram for Chem Dawg hash but I paid $25. I can’t remember if that was before or after they asked if I was paying cash or not.

    • says:

      on May 1, 2009

      @necros: Their prices vary depending on your payment method.

      I am guessing they do this in order to be able to pay their credit card processing fee for each transaction and still make the same profit.

    • Joe

      says:

      on Nov 24, 2009

      They charge less for cash purchases because they can avoid paying taxes on it… A normal CC transaction costs a business between $.75 – $1.50 I would not condone this because this is what gives medical marijuana a bad name..

      P.S. this is my theory, but I am willing to bet it is the case

  4. says:

    on May 2, 2009

    I think your right Chubbs. On the receipt the hash was the last item and you can see where they wrote $30 then wrote $25 over it after they knew I was paying cash.

  5. says:

    on Jul 5, 2009

    watup Mr. Chubbs! I’m gonna make my 1st visit to A420 and need your knowledge and wisdom on the strains you’ve reviewed already. Lets say all of the strains were the same price on the 8th (except Earth OG…$122? New pair of Jordans sound better) anyways of all the indicas, which strain would you go back for?

  6. killa

    says:

    on Oct 6, 2009

    need location

  7. Taylor

    says:

    on Dec 6, 2009

    I visited Apothecary 420 today for my first time along with one of my good friends. We were both looking for some really high quality weed and thanks to this website i kind of knew what i was looking for when i went in. I made my choice of an 8th of Mars og. I am very satisfied with my purchase. Chubbs, We also encountered the same situation with paying that you did. We asked if we could get it any cheaper cash or credit. He replied the prices posted are for credit cards. We can take about 10-20 dollars off that if we want. That was questionable however i am really enjoying the weed. Another note. I asked for Earth og as my first choice but turns out they only have it every 6 months.

    • says:

      on Dec 11, 2009

      @Taylor: Thanks for the info.

      I have not been to LA in a while.

      –Chubbs

  8. michael

    says:

    on May 14, 2010

    hi there was wondering if u can get a medical cannibis card @ apothacary 420? and cost?

  9. Snizzle

    says:

    on Nov 26, 2010

    lol michael you just asked the dumbest question I’ve ever heard. Getting a club card AT a club? LOL thats like asking if you can go to a CVS and get a prescription for oxycodone without a doctors note

  10. apothcary420

    says:

    on Nov 26, 2011

    Attention to all patients: Sorry for the inconvenience but this is no longer our current website. To vist our official website, please go to apothecary420website.com

  11. Stan the Man!

    says:

    on Apr 4, 2012

    Looks like prices at this place have come down since the last comments in 2011. I recently visited Apothecary 420 for my first time, and I have to admit it was pretty cool. I took some Kingsbread and some Mars Private Reserve. I asked what made the strain “private reserve” and they informed me that it was the choice buds that the grower had selected as the best of the harvest. It was 75 per 1/8 which was their most expensive. I was skeptical that it was going to be the same as any other top shelf strain and they’d just jammed at PR at the end so they could jack up the price but hollllly mother… both strains were out of control strong! The Mars was actually so strong it made me feel slightly uncomfortable but its totally about taking to extremes for me! There weren’t any strange interaction with the staff. Everyone seemed to know what they were talking about and was nice. There was a stiffness in the air, but that might be b/c the other two customers that were there at the same time looked like they just rolled out of a nordstrom catalogue. All in all I thought this place was pretty good. Pumped for my next visit! Woot! Thanks for the info Chubbs! – Stan

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