Medical Marijuana: Navigating Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana dispensaries are the safest and easiest way to purchase marijuana. What should you expect from your first time? We discuss how a dispensary works and what procedures you’ll go through during your first visit.

While they will all have a standard weed dispensary, the strain of weed and the product selection may be drastically different. In fact, some dispensaries will sell:

  • Creams
  • Tonics
  • Edible items

Dispensaries are also educational in nature and will show you how to use different types of marijuana. For example, there may be information on liquid consumption or edible consumption, and the best practices for safe consumption using these methods.

Entering a Dispensary

Once you find the nearest dispensary, you’ll need all of the proper identification and a recommendation from a certified healthcare provider. Unless marijuana is legal in your state, a recommendation is a necessity.

Most dispensaries will stop everyone before they enter into the facility to check to make sure they have all of the required paperwork as dictated by each respective state.

In the event that you have a medical marijuana card, you will show this card at the door in lieu of a doctor’s recommendation. All of the proper identification, such as your driver’s license, will need to be presented to prove that you are the person who is listed on the card. A form of valid ID is always necessary at every dispensary in the country.

Payments can be made in cash or with a credit or debit card, but most dispensaries prefer cash; ATM machines may be present.

First Time Visits

Dispensaries are much like a doctor’s office: the first time you enter a dispensary, you’ll be required to fill out paperwork. The paperwork required will be a membership registration that will also list the dispensary’s products, pricings and hours of operation.

A staff member will help you through your first visit and ask you about your medical condition to get a better understanding of your personal needs.

Staff members are highly trained and will help you decide on:

  • The best strain of marijuana.
  • The correct dosage needed.
  • Products that will provide adequate relief.

Not all states have approved medical marijuana, so you need to ensure that your desired state allows medical marijuana. Licensed doctors that practice in your respective state will need to provide a recommendation on your behalf.

If you relocate from a state that allows medical marijuana to a state where it is not legalized, you will not be able to legally purchase marijuana.

Dispensaries are the safest and easiest method to get legal marijuana. The first time entering a dispensary is simple and easy because the staff and procedures in place are meant to educate customers before a purchase is made.


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