Questions People Are Often Afraid To Ask About Marijuana Dispensaries

As more and more states legalize cannabis, both for recreational and medical use, dispensaries are beginning to open in various towns. Whether you're a new user or someone who has more experience with cannabis, you're probably excited to visit one of these businesses and purchase your medicine. But you might have a few questions first. You'll find the answers below for some common questions about cannabis dispensaries.

Who can enter a dispensary?

This varies a little depending on the state you are in, but here are some general guidelines. To enter a dispensary in any state, you need to be 21 years old, and you need to show some form of official photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport. In states where marijuana is only legal for medical purposes, you will need to show a card that specifies you have a prescription. In states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, this is not necessary. 

How large are dispensaries?

You might be picturing a little hole-in-the-wall business, and some dispensaries are this tiny. Many of them looked like this years ago when medical marijuana was newer and less popular. But now that the industry is growing, dispensaries are growing. There are plenty that are the size of a pharmacy or corner store.

Do dispensaries sell anything other than cannabis?

It depends on the dispensary. Most primarily sell cannabis and cannabis products, such as vape cartridges, edibles, topical creams, and the like. Some may also sell other herbal medications, essential oils, and similar products. Others may sell smoking devices, such as pipes and rolling papers. If you are looking for some more specialty products, call your local dispensary ahead of time and ask what they carry. This way, you won't waste a trip.

Are dispensaries expensive?

Prices vary. Dispensaries do tend to carry very high-end cannabis strains with really high concentrations of THC, and these do sell at pretty steep prices. Vaporizer cartridges can also be pricey. However, if you are on a tighter budget, there's still plenty for you at a dispensary. Smaller buds often sell for less, even if they are a potent strain. And most dispensaries also sell lower-grade strains of cannabis at rock-bottom prices. Don't avoid the dispensary just because you're on a tight budget.

Cannabis dispensaries can be a great resource for those who are looking to buy legalized cannabis products, whether for medical or recreational purposes.