The legalization of cannabis has been a hot debate topic over the past several years. As of November 2020, Esquire reports that 15 states have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana, 20 states have legalized only medical marijuana, and the remaining 15 states have not legalized marijuana for any use.
Even though marijuana is still not federally legal, the market is most certainly on the rise and dispensaries are becoming much more accessible than in years' past. In fact, some states went so far as to deem cannabis an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you happen to live in a state that has recently legalized weed, check out our tips for going to a dispensary for the first time.
TechCrunch conducted a study in December 2020 that resulted in these noteworthy statistics:
Have you noticed dispensaries popping up in your state? These are exciting times for cannabis newbies and aficionados, alike. But because cannabis isn't federally legal yet, it means many dispensaries are not insured and take on quite a bit of risk to operate. This is why it is important to be prepared before going to a dispensary for the first time. Our dispensary guide is here to help you!
If you're stepping into the world of cannabis for the first time, it can feel overwhelming. We share Where to Start When You're New to Cannabis.
Buying weed at a dispensary isn't as simple as buying food from the grocery store. There are steps you need to take before you visit a dispensary, actions you must consider while you're at a dispensary, and rules to follow once you leave a dispensary. Check out our dispensary guide, below, for our pro-tips!
It's also a good plant to have an idea of what you're shopping for. You don't need to be an expert on every cannabis strain or know exactly what to buy at a dispensary, but it will be helpful to the budtender (a dispensary employee well-versed in cannabis products) if you have an idea of what you'd like to achieve with your purchase. Ask yourself these questions to start:
The budtender will guide you from there!
Do you feel like you have a better idea of how to buy weed at a dispensary? Going to a dispensary for the first time doesn't have to be overwhelming. In fact, it should be an enjoyable, discovery-based experience perfect for introducing newcomers to the world of cannabis and deepening the novice's appreciation. Being prepared will help you get the most out of your experience, and budtenders will appreciate it if you show up to the dispensary prepared and eager to learn.
As the marijuana industry continues to flourish, our hope is that marijuana becomes legal throughout the entire nation. In addition to the health benefits of medical marijuana and the industry's success through economic uncertainty, national legalization will only benefit users and experts alike.
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