NEXT LEVEL WELLNESS
2837 Willamette St., Suite A, 541-515-6514 Eugene, nextleveldispensary.com. 10 am-9 pm Monday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm Sunday.
Most of the cannabis you find at Portland dispensaries is grown indoors. Just two hours south, it's a different world. On the honeycomb shelves of Eugene's Next Level Wellness, you'll find 50 strains from southern growers, including sun-grown product from farms like Higher Minds Horticulture and Urban Canna. Prices start at just $6 a gram before taxes, so you'll have money left over for the solid selection of high-tech bongs and dab rigs.
2045 Franklin Blvd., Eugene, 541-505-7575, eugeneog.com. 11 am-10 pm daily.
Located across from the University of Oregon's basketball arena, this is essentially the Ducks' pot shop. The beanie-clad budtenders affirm every request with a kindhearted "for sure" as they navigate an impressive menu of house, local and northern farms, from TJ's Organic flower to Oregrown concentrates. Eugene OG's loyalty program makes it worth your while to visit every time you do laundry.
1989 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg, 541-391-4955, cougarcannabis.com. 10 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday.
According to local lore, Vladimir Nabokov traversed Route 138 during butterfly-collecting trips to Southern Oregon, stopping in Ashland to finish the novel Lolita. The only highway providing northern access to Crater Lake is now home to Cougar Cannabis, the perfect pit stop before enjoying the natural beauty of the North Umpqua River. A favorite of Roseburg customers, the dispensary's flower selection is almost exclusively grown in Douglas County, and its weed-patterned dog leashes cater to adventurers with pets.
115 Galice Road, Merlin, 541-450-1585. 10 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday.
A safe haven just outside Grants Pass—where dispensaries are banned until voters can change the law in November—this well-stocked medical/recreational shop is easily reached from I-5. River City's strain menu is exclusively southern growers like William's Wonder Farms, but it isn't too proud to sell reliable Portland brands like Empower topicals. In a surreal regression to old-school pot deals, the shop carries intentionally seedy nugs from Hermetic Genetics so you can preview the buds before planting the seeds.
2455 Rogue River Highway, Grants Pass, 541-295-8271. 10 am-6 pm daily.
Another spot just outside Grants Pass, Antheia spent a little more on interior design to attract the city's higher-spending clientele. Wooden accents make the display cases and sales counters more cozy, but pristine, stainless-steel fridges for edibles maintain a commercial-grade atmosphere. The all-Southern Oregon flower menu is headed by Cafe Verde and Jurassic Farms, but the edible selection stretches north to include Rip City sodas and Lean Back Sizurp.
TALENT HEALTH CLUB
1007 S Pacific Highway, Unit G., Talent, 541-897-4111, talenthealthclub.com. 10 am-6 pm daily.
With its Clean Green Certified recognition in processing and handling, this remote shop in the heart of rural Oregon's outdoor harvests has grown to become a force to be reckoned with. Its all-southern flower menu includes Jurassic Farms and Love Jay Bird Farms of Ashland. A wide array of edibles and concentrates is complemented by sophisticated smoking options, from PAX vapes to Drop Science dab rigs.