Some thirty states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territory of Guam have approved the legal production, sale, and possession of medical marijuana—to one extent or another. Nine states and D.C. have approved the growth, processing, sale, possession, and use of recreational marijuana. With a marijuana dispensary opening near you sooner or later, you should develop some talent for screening the field.
6 Criteria to Have in Mind When Choosing a Dispensary
“Dispensary” is a term used by medical marijuana outlets and has hung on. It is favored by legislators who want to avoid the stigma still attached to marijuana. But, it describes the legal retail sources for medical and/or adult-use cannabis. You should know what to expect and look for.
1. Security comes first
A good dispensary will have polite security guards at the reception lobby. NCIA notes, “Many businesses, for example, opt for plain-clothes guards or guards with uniforms that mimic the rest of the in-store team.” It’s their job to accept and process your medical identification and schedule your entry into the dispensary. There will also be security cameras outside to monitor illegal smoking in the environment and to deter theft and shoplifting.
The security assures you that the dispensary is in compliance with state law. It also confirms the dispensary takes its work seriously and pursues quality in other business processes.
2. Trained staff help
Marijuana customers may or may not know what they want. If they have checked out the store’s menu, the counter personnel or “budtenders” can expedite your purchase. If you don’t know what you need, good dispensaries staff helpful and patient budtenders to walk you through options and processes.
3. Check for quality
The largest chain dispensaries offer cannabis with mass-produced quality controls. But, mass production creates a homogenized quality that disappoints some users. Some dispensaries, family-owned and rural, may produce their own, so you’ll want to research their customer reviews.
4. Pricing makes a difference
Under the burdensome taxes and fees, dispensaries can compete on product prices. Dispensary websites include detailed menus and prices, and they facilitate your shopping and selection.
For example, there are many products and deals available from Clear Choice Cannabis with different offers at its Bremerton and Tacoma, WA locations.
5. Savor the place
Various factors keep marijuana dispensaries out of neighborhoods and push them towards industrial and non-residential areas. But, you want to have a comfortable shopping experience in both store location and interior.
6. Try More than One
Shopping marijuana dispensaries is much the same as any shopping plan. You can settle on one and stick with it for various reasons, but you should consider your options. You simply can’t choose a favorite until you have checked out a few. You might settle on the one near work or the one just off the freeway, but you should give them a try.
Screening the field
PotGuide.com offers a directory of dispensaries to help your screening the field. If you are experienced, you can look for location and prices. If you are new to cannabis use, you can explore convenient locations, product variety, interior and exterior photos, and products and prices. There are many tools to help you choose a dispensary that works for you.