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7 Important Things You Should Know
About Marijuana Dispensaries

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Whether you're buying it for medicinal or recreational purposes, marijuana is best purchased at a dispensary. Legally licensed to sell marijuana products, dispensaries can be found all over the United States.

Are you planning on going to a dispensary for the first time? Wondering what you should expect? Then you're in the right place.

Without further ado, here are 7 important things to know about marijuana dispensaries...

1. Marijuana Dispensaries Have a Huge Variety of Products to Choose From

First and foremost, it must be stated that marijuana dispensaries have a huge selection of products to choose from.

While you might be under the impression that they only sell flower, the fact of the matter is that dispensaries sell dabs, edibles, vape cartridges, and marijuana accessories as well. Essentially any marijuana product you're looking to purchase, you can purchase at a dispensary.

And that doesn't even get us started on the many strains of marijuana that you'll have available to you. Dispensaries sell strains of all kinds, some of which produce a relaxed high, some of which produce a contented high, and others of which produce a variety of other effects.

2. Dispensary Employees are Known as Budtenders

When you walk into a dispensary, you're bound to be greeted by one of its employees. This employee is known as a budtender and his or her job is to educate you on the various products which can be found around the shop.

Budtenders are especially helpful to those who have just broken into the world of marijuana. They can inform you about the benefits of different strains, make recommendations based on your needs and experiences, and help you to make the best purchases possible.

The budtenders at your local dispensary will want to help you. So, don't be shy. Ask questions, take advice, learn from the experts, and indulge in the experience.

3. Pot Dispensaries Typically Only Accept Cash

One of the most important things to know before stepping foot into a dispensary is that it will probably only accept cash payments. While some dispensaries accept credit and debit cards, these dispensaries are few and far between.

The reason for this is fairly straightforward: marijuana is not yet federally legal. This means two things: 1. many banks and creditors will not allow payments to be made to marijuana dispensaries, and 2. many dispensaries don't want their transactions to be monitored.

So, if you're going to your local dispensary, make sure to get some cash out of the ATM beforehand. It's likely the only way you'll be able to buy anything.

4. Cannabis Dispensaries Require Identification

Just as a bar requires identification in order for patrons to consume alcohol, dispensaries require identification in order for customers to purchase marijuana. So, if you plan on making any purchases during your first trip, make sure to have your driver's license on you.

Buying medical marijuana? If so, a driver's license alone won't be enough. Your medical marijuana license will be needed as well.

Now, some dispensaries will still allow customers to peruse their products without an ID. However, there's no way of knowing which dispensaries will allow this. So, even if you just plan on looking around, it's a good idea to bring your license along with you.

5. Marijuana Dispensaries are Different from One Another

You might think of all marijuana dispensaries as being generally the same. However, there's actually quite a bit of variation from dispensary to dispensary.

The biggest difference between dispensaries is in whether they sell recreational or medical products. While many dispensaries will only sell one or the other, some dispensaries will, in fact, sell both.

There's also the difference in vibe or atmosphere. Whereas one dispensary might be loud and exciting, another dispensary might be low-key and quiet.

Just know that the first dispensary you visit will not be indicative of all other dispensaries. Think of them like bars; They're designed to appeal to their own specific customer bases.

6. Dispensaries Usually Don't Allow Customers to Consume Marijuana Within Their Confines

We've described the ways in which dispensaries are similar to bars. However, there's one big way in which they differ from bars: most dispensaries do not allow you to consume your purchases within their confines. In other words, there's typically no marijuana use allowed in marijuana dispensaries.

Now, there are exceptions to this rule. However, they are just that: exceptions. Odds are, your local dispensary will forbid the use of marijuana in its establishment.

7. Marijuana Dispensaries Expect You to Respect Others' Privacy

While many of those who go to marijuana dispensaries are loud and proud about their marijuana use, not every customer you see at a dispensary is going to be quite so open about it. Most marijuana dispensaries are aware of this, and so put a priority on customer privacy.

So, when you go to your local dispensary, you're advised to, for the most part, keep to yourself. Ask the budtenders questions and commiserate with obvious enthusiasts, but don't draw attention to those who are not drawing attention to themselves.

Let the budtenders dictate the environment of the dispensary, and do your best to acclimate yourself. Ultimately, the goal is for everyone to feel as comfortable as possible while they're perusing the shop or making a purchase.

Expand Your Knowledge

Now that you know a little something about marijuana dispensaries, you can get out there and make your first purchase. Regardless of the dispensary you go to, it's sure to offer you a unique and fulfilling experience. Don't be afraid to make the most of it.

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