What to Expect the First Time You Go to a Dispensary? Your first trip to the dispensary is going to be a blast. Once you realize that you’re buying legal weed from some nice young lady behind a counter describing different strains to you, you may have to fight the urge to buy a house nearby.
But just because it’s legal now doesn’t mean it will be just like grabbing a gallon of milk from the grocery store. There’s a little more to it than that. But with just a minimal amount of preparation, you’re ready to get legally stoned. Depending on where you are, there will likely be several different dispensaries for you to check out, so feel free to shop around for all the best deals.
What to Bring With You
The number one thing that you cannot forget before you head out to the weed store is a valid picture ID. Without a valid picture ID, you likely won’t make it past the person at the front door. Most dispensaries are set up so that you can’t actually get to see any marijuana products without having your ID checked by either a member of the budtending staff or a security guard. And it may be checked again at the point of sale, so don’t be surprised if you have to pull that card back out of your wallet.
The other thing that you should remember to bring with you is cash. There are going to be a few dispensaries that will take credit and debit cards, but for the most part they’ll want you to pay with cash. Some places will have an ATM available on site, but that is something that you should check before heading out.
Lastly, look around to see if there are any coupons floating around in local publications or on the website/social media of the dispensary you plan on visiting. Just like any other business, cannabis dispensaries run sales and coupons that can save shoppers a lot of money.
The Dispensary Lobby
Once you walk into a dispensary, you’ll likely walk into a lobby where someone will check that ID that you didn’t forget. Depending on how busy the dispensary is at that time, they’ll either let you in right then or have you wait in the lobby until they’re ready for you inside. This can feel a bit like waiting at the doctor’s office, with a bunch of uninteresting magazines sitting on coffee tables. The biggest difference here is that dispensaries usually have better music to listen to and have almost no chance of giving you bad news.
This is a good time to see if you can get familiar with their prices, and if they have any strains that you’re looking for in particular. Many places will have a menu set out in the lobby so you can have an idea of what you want before you start shopping.
The Dispensary Sales Floor
Don’t be intimidated! If the dispensary you’re visiting is any good, they’ll have quite a variety of products for you to take a look at. This means a dozen or maybe two dozen different strains of marijuana, all with different effects and unique characteristics. Then there’s edibles, hash, accessories, etc. It’s going to be okay. Your budtender will be happy to answer your questions, and just remember that you can always come back and try something else next time.
Make sure you ask permission before taking any pictures or touching any of the product that gets put in front of you. For the most part, you’ll probably be able to do more than you expect, but it’s always better to be safe than kicked out of a dispensary because you wanted to taste the weed. Be courteous and use proper dispensary ettiquette.
Dispensary Post-Purchase Rules
What you can do with your marijuana and where you can do it is going to vary greatly from one state to the next. This is another good question to ask your budtender, but a general rule would be to make sure that your products remain in whatever container they came with until you’re ready to consume it, which cannot be in the dispensary itself, and likely not out on the street right after you leave.
Places like Colorado are warming up to the idea of weed lounges, and places like Washington are much more relaxed on where you’re allowed to consume your marijuana products. Look into the local laws, ask a budtender, and don’t be obnoxious. Follow those basic rules and you should land on the right side of the law.