What to Know Before Visiting a Marijuana Dispensary
Did you know that according to data released in 2019 60 percent of visitors to a marijuana dispensary are first-time visitors? A growing number of states are changing their marijuana laws and legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Marijuana dispensaries are popping up everywhere and being a first-time visitor to a dispensary is not unusual. If you are planning to visit a dispensary for the first time then keep reading to find out what you need to know before you go.
Find a Marijuana Dispensary
You go to your search engine and type in, marijuana dispensary near me. Your search pops up and you are directed to HarvestHOC.com. Is this the best marijuana dispensary for you?
Before you decide on the dispensary you are going to visit, do some research. Check and see if they sell only medical marijuana or if they sell for recreational use as well.
In Arizona where recreational marijuana was recently legalized, many medical marijuana dispensaries are now being licensed to sell recreational marijuana as well. As you are researching, take the time to read reviews, see what first-time customers had to say about their budtender.
Was the budtender patient and helpful? Or did the person leaving the review feel as if they could not get their questions answered?
Know What to Bring
When you walk in the door of the marijuana dispensary there are a few basic things you will need. Most marijuana dispensaries only accept cash. While some dispensaries will have an ATM inside you will need to pay a convenience fee, so if you want to avoid that fee be sure to bring cash.
You will also need to bring a valid government-issued photo ID and if you have a medical marijuana card be sure to bring that as well. Finally, bring questions to ask about the products you are interested in and how they may affect any medical conditions you have.
Know What You Want
Do you want a strain that will help you sleep? Something that helps relax you? Or do you want something that helps you focus and gives you energy?
Knowing the purpose you want your marijuana to serve will help your budtender make recommendations on what might be good for you to try. Another question to consider is how do you want to consume your marijuana?
There are multiple options including tinctures, edibles, drinkables, vaping, smoking, and concentrates. Research the different methods of consumption before you go and then talk to your budtender about what you are considering and what reservations you may have.
You do not need to be an expert on marijuana to go to a dispensary. However, you should do some basic research to help guide your conversations and questions with your dispensaries budtender.
Understand Marijuana Laws
You must understand marijuana laws. For example, marijuana is legal in Oregon, however, next door in Idaho it is still prohibited.
Even though you may have purchased it legally you cannot take it into a state where it is still illegal. In addition, be sure to check the laws in your area about where you can and cannot use your marijuana.
There are no returns at a dispensary. When you visit the dispensary be sure to only buy what you are comfortable with. If you are new to marijuana buy something and try it and then if you want to experiment more, go back.
Visit Your Marijuana Dispensary
You have done your research, are prepared with questions, and have all the documentation you need. You are now ready to visit your local marijuana dispensary!
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