Posted on April 7, 2019
What to Expect During Your First Marijuana Dispensary Trip
With the legalization of marijuana being relatively new, there’s a good chance you haven’t gone to a dispensary yet. It can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re new to smoking, or just new to the legal marijuana scene. Here are some things to know before you get there so that you’re ready to tackle the experience head on.
Getting your identification ready
Cannabis is legal, but there are rules. You must be 21 or older in order to enter a dispensary, unless you’re 18+ with a valid medical card. Preventing these regulations from being abused is important in maintaining legal marijuana, so expect to be carded. Some dispensaries have guards posted outside to check IDs (like a bouncer), but others will check at the time of purchase.
There might be a line
The traffic in a dispensary varies from the time of day or day of the week, but it can get pretty busy. It’s not unusual for there to be a line to queue in before you’re able to talk to the budtender. To ensure your visit goes quickly if you’re in a rush, read up on the dispensary’s offering online to get an idea of what you’re looking for.
Be ready to chat
You’re going to be asked a few questions by the budtender for them to better serve you. Be ready to let them know your medical problems, what kind of experience you’re looking for, and how you usually enjoy your cannabis. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! There’s no stupid question to ask a good budtender, and they’ve probably heard them all before anyway.
There’s tons to choose from
You’re going to have a lot of options. From the kind of strain to the form of marijuana, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Ask the dispensary staff any questions you have about their selection and don’t be afraid to experiment.
Many medical dispensaries have an ATM on-site, but many also don’t accept debit or credit card. Even for dispensaries that do accept plastic, it might be wise to just take advantage of the ATM. There have been stories of out-of-state consumers having their bank accounts frozen for taking part in the legal marijuana business, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
You can’t return it
Make sure to only buy as much as you’re going to be able to use. If you have buyer’s remorse, you’re going to be stuck with what you bought. Those coming from out of state will especially need to be careful, as they’re not going to be able to take their marijuana home with them. Dispensaries don’t accept returns in order to preserve the high quality of their stock.
Check out their rules
Most dispensaries have their rules posted somewhere in the store, so be sure to look them over. It’s common for cell phones to be disallowed while in a dispensary, and photography is typically prohibited.
You can’t enjoy it on site
Although it’s exciting to make your first legal marijuana purchase, you can’t try it out immediately. It’s illegal to consume cannabis in public spaces, and that includes dispensaries. Keep your product safe and concealed and wait until you’re at home to enjoy it.
Be calm and carry on
Don’t let the experience overwhelm you. There’s a lot to enjoy when visiting a recreational dispensary, and the staff are used to newbies. Be confident and just have fun!