The legalization of cannabis for recreational and medical use has expanded the cannabis market to a variety of consumers who can purchase cannabis products free from the fear of severe legal consequences.
However, purchasing cannabis isn’t like going to a regular grocery or liquor store. A few procedural tasks will need to happen to ensure that you are following purchasing guidelines set by the state government.
If you plan to visit a dispensary for the first time, consider the following guide on what to expect when going to a cannabis dispensary.
The documents you’ll need for your first visit will depend on whether you are a medical or recreational cannabis user. Recreational users need to be at least 18 years old and 21 years of age in some states. However, medical users don’t have an age requirement as long as they have a medical card issued by a licensed medical professional. Either way, you will need to bring a valid form of identification and a medical card if you have one.
The first time you go to a cannabis store, the clerk may need additional time to verify your information and enter you into their database. This is where you will provide your valid identification and a medical card. It should be noted that some dispensaries only cater to patients with a medical card, so be sure to bring yours with you if you have one.
The layout of dispensaries varies from location to location. But generally, a Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensary will have glass cases featuring their products and branded gear. Sampling and touching are not allowed. However, smelling and examining buds are available at specific locations.
If you don’t have a medical card, then the amount of cannabis purchased per transaction will be limited to an ounce. Otherwise, purchasing rules vary from state to state, so it’s best to check with each dispensary for more information on purchasing limits.