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Dispensary Vs. Recreational Store – Choosing A Right Place


Legalization is coming to town, and you’re getting ready for buying some ol’ good legal weed. But you have one question that puzzles you:

Is there any difference between cannabis store and medical marijuana dispensary?


Before visiting a cannabis dispensary, be sure to find out what kind of marijuana is allowed in your state. It will help you to obey the law and decide what product is right for your goals. This brief guide to medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries will make your buying experience smooth and enjoyable.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Medical marijuana dispensaries offer a secure location for distribution of cannabis grown to treat medical conditions and helping patients to get the necessary information on the topic. These dispensaries are subject to special regulation and taxation. That’s why prices among recreational and medical dispensaries may vary depending on the state.

Usually, medical dispensaries look like doctor’s office, with waiting room and thorough consultation. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and discuss your health status with budtender, especially if you’re a first-time user.

Here is some basic information you need to know before the visit:

  • Doctor’s recommendation is a must. Depending on the state, you might need medical cannabis certification or any required additional documentation.
  • You must be 18 or older to qualify for medical cannabis. Every state decides on the exception for minors suffering from particularly debilitating conditions.
  • Usually, you would need to register with a medical dispensary to track your medical recommendation for legal purposes.
  • Prepare to wait in a separate room. It allows patients to privately and safely discuss their medical conditions with budtenders.
  • A dispensary may choose to track your purchases to ensure a thorough record of effective medicine and producers for future reference.
  • You can ask to smell buds before you buy them.

Recreational Cannabis Store

When you see an “adult-use” label, it means that not all patrons of cannabis dispensary consume marijuana only for recreation. Recreational/medicinal spectrum is big and offers many ways to enjoy cannabis. Also, many businesses gradually get away from a “dispensary” notion, leaving it for medical-only past.

Here are some basic tips on how to feel comfortable in an adult-use store:

  • You must be 21 or older to visit adult-use cannabis stores.
  • Your ID should be valid and unexpired.
  • Check the store menu on the business’ website or while standing in line. The best cannabis isn’t always the most expensive or has the highest concentration of THC.
  • Adult-use stores are designed as grab-and-go locations, so don’t expect a long chat with a budtender.

Basic tips for an enjoyable visit

  • Plan your visit and take some cash out in advance.
  • Get to know a menu.
  • Don’t forget a valid ID.
  • Be patient and polite.
  • Ask for guidance but not for direct medical advice.
  • A tip is not mandatory, but you can always thank a budtender with some cash.

The main rule is simple: enjoy cannabis responsibly. The way you consume cannabis contributes to the way people look at marijuana and its users. Helping to improve this image and fighting the stigma is the best thing you could do for cannabis patients and businesses.

(Sweedsy in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offense under Federal Law, regardless of state marijuana laws. To learn more, click here.)


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