You might have thought you wouldn't live to see the day that cannabis was legalized. But while it is still illegal on the federal level, state after state has legalized it, meaning that dispensaries are popping up across the country. Since dispensaries are a rather new concept for many people, you may rightfully have a few questions you'd like answered before you visit one for the first time.
Who is allowed to visit a dispensary?
This depends on the laws in your state. If only medical cannabis is legal in your state, then only people who hold valid medical marijuana prescription cards are permitted to visit the dispensary. If recreational marijuana is also legal in your state, then anyone over the age of 21 can visit the dispensary. You'll need to show a form of ID that displays your age, such as a U.S. passport or driver's license.
What do dispensaries sell?
The most obvious answer to this question is "cannabis," but, in fact, most dispensaries sell products in addition to cannabis flowers. You can expect to find edibles, along with various forms of cannabis concentrate, such as wax and shatter. Most dispensaries also sell a selection of vaping products, such as vape cartridges and disposable vape pens. Many people like to visit the dispensary regularly, such as once a month, so they can always be discovering new products.
How much can you buy at once?
You may be tempted to buy as much as possible, especially if you live a long way from the dispensary. But most states do put a limit on how much you can buy at once. In Massachusetts, for example, you can only buy 1 ounce of cannabis at a time. This is because you're only allowed to have up to an ounce of cannabis on your person at any one time. If you call a dispensary in your state, they should be able to tell you the purchasing limits they adhere to.
Can you use the cannabis at the dispensary?
In most cases, the answer is "no." States regulate cannabis dispensaries closely, and they almost always prohibit using the product on-site as this might mean you then drive under the influence, which is not legal. You'll have to wait until you get home to try the products.
The information above should serve you well as you begin visiting cannabis dispensaries. Shopping for marijuana is fun and enjoyable.