MedMen (Evanston) Dispensary
This may be the closest thing we have to a cannabis conglomerate, and I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that.
This expansive chain of cannabis retail stores is slowly (but surely) taking over nearly every state where marijuana is legalized, medically and/or recreationally. But, as proficient and professional as they are with their business model, is this really what we, the cannabis community, want to see, as far as the future of marijuana is concerned?
I’m not entirely sure.
Yes, on the one hand, the fact that a reliable source of cannabis can soon be found in everyone’s “neck of the woods” is equal parts comforting and assuring. But, in order for them to acquire such market dominance, they’ll likely have to eliminate “Mom & Pop” pot shops along the way. Which, I understand is just a part of doing business, but the fact that this place would rather shut a shop down, as opposed to working alongside it, seems a bit tyrannical.
Now, obviously, with the strict zoning laws in place, I’m theoretically talking about “working alongside,” as most of these dispensaries have to stay a certain number of feet (or miles) away from one another. But my point remains, they shouldn’t have to force someone out of business to further their pursuit towards total marijuana manifest destiny.
However, that’s what this behemoth of a company is trying to do. Not only that, but they are trying to lock down all sorts of cannabis growing operations and practices, so that they will, eventually, be in sole control of every facet of the market. That, to me, seems like a negative outcome. But, perhaps, I’m just paranoid with such a speculation, but whatever does happen, I’m just hoping this whole industry doesn’t lose its authenticity by becoming mass produced by evil corporations, who care less about quality, and all about profit.
Regardless of your personal feelings towards MedMen, and their potential plans to take over the cannabis industry, you have to admit, they run a pretty tight ship. Their unique customer-to-budtender experience is a trendsetter on its own, and the wealth of relationships that they have with various companies across the industry is nothing short of impressive.
Oh, and did I mention they routinely cultivate and sell their own products? All of which are typically of the highest quality. Which is just another reason why it’s hard to hate on a company that’s so damn successful, like MedMen. They’ve figured out a formula, and it’s working. So, putting all of those negative feelings aside, I decided to hit up MedMen’s humble Evanston location to see what they had to offer.
MedMen (Evanston) Dispensary
Blink and you’re liable to miss this somewhat hidden, bottom level storefront, below (and beside) a parking garage. This is important information to know beforehand, because you’ll be able to find plenty of parking in that garage. And, I don’t know about you, but any place that can assure me a wealth of parking options upon my arrival, is “A-OK” in my book.
As far as “Atmosphere” is concerned, I’m not sure what differentiates this from any other MedMen establishment. It’s an open showroom, where customers cruise from display to display, eagerly pondering over what products they’d like to get. Then, in a matter of minutes, they will be greeted by a tablet-holding budtender, who will answer any questions they may have, as well as take their order, which they subsequently pick up from the supply room, and deliver directly to them.
It’s commonly compared to the inner workings of an Apple Store, and there are a lot of similarities in that assessment. And, much like Apple Store employees, you can tell that these robotic-like responses are something out of a company handbook or something, because, even though they’re nice, there’s not a lot of personality to these interactions. Which is something I adore about shopping at neighborhood cannabis clubs. But, I suppose, that’s just me being knit-picky.
Just given the miniscule size of this establishment, in general, it would be foolish to think they’d have as much to offer as their larger locations, and that sentiment proved to be abundantly true at this MedMen in Evanston.
With only 51 items to choose from (in total), there weren’t a lot of things to get excited about.
Although, that said, there were a decent amount of edibles to pick from, which was nice. But if you are in the market for some flower, I’m sorry, but you’ll be saddened to hear they only had one strain to choose from on my last visit.
So, if that’s one of your main marijuana shopping goals, you may want to check out their menu online ahead of time, to see if they have anything you’d even want to buy.
These price tags at MedMen in Evanston are pretty yawn-worthy, if you ask me. Their menu is nice, but it’s not packed with super-affordable products, like I was hoping. Instead, you’ll simply spot a handful of reasonably valued items. They won’t “break the bank,” or anything like that, but they won’t immediately fill you with excitement, either.
It’s a very bland pricing experience at MedMen in Evanston, to be honest. But, at the end of the day, I suppose that’s better than being too expensive, right?
This is a bit of a tough one, folks, I’m not going to lie about that.
See, MedMen is famous for having an extensive menu, in addition to offering up a truly one-of-a-kind customer experience. And, while the customer experience was similar at this Evanston location, I found their lackluster menu to be abismal, and I struggled to even find one item that I considered buying. I went in expecting a top-notch experience, but left with a feeling of moderate regret and buyer’s remorse.
If you live in the area, and need some cannabis products in a pinch, then sure, check out MedMen in Evanston. If not, I’d say spend your time (and money) elsewhere – trust me.
1804 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201
10 am – 3 pm, 7 days a week (Adult-Use), 10 am – 8 pm, 7 days a week (Medical)
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